Summary of TTCS meetings in 2010

We hold two types of meetings : Pizza Limes and Tech Meetings. A Pizza Lime is the name given to our monthly discussion forum which is usually held at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout, Port of Spain on the second Wednesday of the month. The tech meeting is when we have computers on site to demonstrate a particular type of hardware or software.

Saturday January 30 2010 – Automating software deployment on Windows

Dev showed how to automate software
deployment on Windows using http://wpkg.org ; while also allows to keep software on Windows computers on a network up to date without having to visit each machine to tediously to uninstall and install new versions of software or installing new software.

Saturday January 30 2010 – TTCS podcast #20

Talked about the Apple iPad announcement – see https://www.ttcs.tt/podcasts/

Saturday February 27th, 2010

Held at Pizza Hut, La Romain (near Gulf City, San Fernando)

Saturday April 10 2010

This was a 2pm lunch at the Asian Buffet, Trincity Mall to discuss upcoming TTCS activities.

Saturday April 17 2010 – Apple iPad

We had a hands on look at the Apple iPad released by Apple the previous week

Saturday April 24 2010 – Android Mobile Development

Held in conjunction with the University of the West Indies Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lecture Theatre #3, Floor 2 Block 13, Faculty of Engineering,  University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.

This hands-on workshop guided participants through basic mobile application development using Android. A team at UWI also described their unique experience collaborating with MIT and Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey in the development of Android applications for social and economic returns.

Wednesday May 5 2010

At Pizza Hut, Roxy, we talked about

Tuesday 18th May 2010 – Ruby-web Frameworks

We met at ENCO to discuss a survey of Ruby-based
Web Application Frameworks as presented by Mr. George Mubita, Computer Science Lecturer at the University of Southern Caribbean.

The presentation covered the following areas:

1. Overview of Ruby based web application frameworks:
● Rails
● Merb
● Sinatra
● The Hobo+ Rails
● Rails+Merb

2. The Ruby Language overview

3. Demo of a Hobo web application

4. Putting together a Web 2.0 (Rich Internet Application) with Rails
and Adobe Flex

Sunday 30th May 2010

This was an online meeting to discuss aspects of the
“Draft Implementation plan for Number Portability in Trinidad and
Tobago” document released for public comment by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

Thursday August 5 2010

Held at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout to discuss the upcoming Focus Group Discussion with the Ministry of Public Administration on Trinidad & Tobago ICT Strategy “Fastforward II

Friday August 20 2010 – developing system to track/monitor disasters in Trinidad & Tobago

At this meeting, we’ll discussed the concept of designing a website using maps of Trinidad and Tobago to track and monitor disasters such as flooding and alert persons accordingly. The idea came from a email on the TTCS discussion mailing list, You can read the entire email thread at
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ttcs/message/27813

Wednesday 25 August 2010 ; developing system to track/monitor disasters in #Trinidad & #Tobago

Followup session from the Friday August 20 meeting where we looked at solutions like https://www.ushahidi.com/

Wednesday September 8 2010

Held at Pizza Hut, Valsayn, we discussed

  • the purchase of Laptop computers for SEA students
  • planning for Software Freedom Day on September 18th 2010.
  • planning for a TTCS November 2010 Tech Day event.

Saturday September 11 2010

preparatory meeting for Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2010 which will be on September 18th 2010. See https://www.ttcs.tt/blog/ttcs-meeting-on-saturday-september-11-2010-fr/ .

Among the work that was done was the creation of TTCS FSWIN CD, via a request from the Free Software Foundation in Europe to assist with their Software Freedom Day events. See TTCS FSWIN CD announcement

Saturday September 18 2010 – Software Freedom Day

The TTCS will be celebrating Software Freedom Day 2010 on September 18th 2010 with a booth display at Trincity Mall, Trincity from 10am to 5pm.

Our booth will showcase various aspects of Free and Open Source Software including :

  • Free and Open Source Software for Windows included on our TTCS OSSWIN DVD (which was the first debut of the TTCS OSSWIN DVD)
  • demoing Ubuntu, a popular linux-based operating system bundled with many applications.
  • Ushahidi crowd-sourcing system to track/monitor incidents/disasters in Trinidad & Tobago

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Held at Pizza Hut, Roxy, we talked about

  • the four ICT related events taking place in Trinidad and Tobago during November 2010
  • planning for a TTCS November 2010 Tech Day event
  • report and feedback of our Software Freedom Day event on September 18 2010 at Trincity Mall.
  • the Ministry of Education’s eConnect & Learn Programme launched with the distribution of SEA laptops to several schools.
  • the recent TATT ICT open forum “Electronic Payments System in Trinidad and Tobago – Legal, Cultural and Technological Challenges”

Sunday November 14 2010

This pizzalime was held at La Cantina, RBTT Compound, Milford Road, Store Bay, Tobago.

November 12-13, 2010 – Diplo IG event, Tobago

Two persons from the TTCS participated in this event

https://www.ttcs.tt/icann/ttcs-attends-internet-governance-workshop-on/

Saturday November 20 2010

Held at ENCO, we discussed

Wednesday December 1 2010

Held at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout. we talked about

  • TTCS Bye laws
  • ISOC Chapter Formation
  • Our attendance at the 39th ICANN meeting in Cartagena, Colombia from December 5-10, 2010.

Thursday December 16 2010

Held at Vie De France, Long Circular Road, Maraval, we talked about

 

 

 

Interception of Communications Act 2010

The Interception of Communications Bill 2010 was laid in the House of Representatives by the Minister of National Security, Senator Brigadier John Sandy.

The Bill seeks to “provide for and about the interception of communications, the acquisition and disclosure of data relating to communications, the acquisition of the means by which electronic data protected by encryption or passwords may be decrypted or accessed and other related matters.”

From the text of The Interception of Communications Bill 2010 :

This Bill seeks to provide the legal framework within which public or private communications, which are being transmitted by means of a public or private telecommunications network, can be lawfully intercepted. An interception of communication is lawfully done only when it is done pursuant to a warrant issued by a Judge on an application by an authorized officer. Consequently, it is an offence for a person intentionally to intercept a communication being transmitted without an order of the Court. In general, a warrant would be issued only to investigate, prevent or detect a specified offence, and would be valid for an initial period of ninety days, but may be extended by the Court for two further periods, each for ninety days. The Bill also makes provision for an oral application for a warrant in urgent circumstances, subject to certain safeguards. Finally, the Bill provides that the content of a communication or communication data, which is lawfully obtained, is admissible as evidence in any criminal proceedings.

The introduction of the bill follows a statement by the Honourable Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on November 12 2010 in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament House of Representatives of concerning the unregulated interception of communication of several individuals by an agency of the state,as well as the Special Anticrime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT).

The Bill went into Committee Stage in the House of Representatives. The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago was invited by the Parliamentary Committee for its comments and the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) forwarded some comments on the Bill to the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago on November 23 2010.

Amendments to the Bill were made in the House of Representatives and the Bill went to the Senate where it also went into Committee Stage and further amendments made.

The Bill was assented to in December 3 2010 and proclaimed by the President in mid December 2010.

On December 7 2010, a Bill titled “Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2010” in the Senate. This Bill seeks to amend Clause 26 in the Interception of Communications Act 2010 to add “, subject to negative resolution of Parliament,” after the word “Order”.

Clause 26 of the Interception of Communications Act would therefore now read

“The Minister may by Order, subject to negative resolution of Parliament, amend any of the Schedules to this Act.”

The Schedules to this Act documents the Application for a Warrant, the Statutory Declaration in support of an application for a warrant, and the form to notify the Minister of National Security.

The Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill 2010 was passed in the Senate on the same day (December 7 2010) and was subsequently introducted and passed in the House of Representatives on December 10 2010. It was assented to on the December 20 2010.

TTCS meeting on Thursday Dec 16 2010 from 6-9pm at Vie De France, Maraval

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcsweb.org/) will be meeting at Vie De France, Long Circular Road, Maraval on Thursday December 16 2010 from 6pm to 9pm.

At this meeting, we will be talking about:
Anyone interested in computing and the internet are welcome to attend. Cost of dinner can reach up to $100 per person.

See you there! 

Kind Regards,

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society at http://ttcsweb.org/ ; http://fb.me/ttcsweb ; http://twitter.com/ttcs

Statement from TTCS on UN CSTD decision on 6 Dec 2010

Dear All,

Please see our statement below. It is crucial to support this statement and we hope you will also sign this petition or get more information regarding this issue and ISOC press release at
 http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?p=2710 and sign the petition


"The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS; http://ttcsweb.org/) is appalled by the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) decision on 6 December 2010 which would establish a Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) comprising only governmental members.

TTCS appeals the UN CSTD to reconsider this decision and instead ensure that this Working Group is appropriately constituted with full and active participation of all stakeholders including governments, private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries; and involving relevant intergovernmental and international organisations and forums."

Regards
Cintra
Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society

#Trinidad #Tobago Software Architect Community meeting Tuesday December 14, 2010

Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago will be hosting the second quarterly meeting  of the Trinidad and Tobago Software Architect Council (TTSAC) on Tuesday December 14, 2010 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am on the 3rd Floor Conference Room, Chamber of Commerce Building, Columbus Circle, Westmoorings.

Agenda :

  • 8:30 am –   9:00 am – Registration
  • 9:00 am –   9:45 am –  Best Practices in the Cloud, Microsoft
  • 9:45 am –  10:00 am – Break
  • 10:00 am –  11:00 am  To the Cloud with Windows Azure, Teleios
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am   Stepping Forward with TTSAC

For details on how to register for this event, email Saabira Muhammed at v-saabmu [email protected] microsoft.com or via phone: (868) 632-8488

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Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society at http://ttcsweb.org/ ; http://fb.me/ttcsweb ; http:/twitter.com/ttcs

"networking local computer users!"

Beginner’s Guide to Domain Names published by #ICANN in cooperation with At-Large community

A domain name can become where other people find you on line, and adds to your online identity. Although domain names are a big part of the Internet, understanding how these names work (and the ins and outs of obtaining them) can be mystifying at first. This highly readable guide, created in cooperation with ICANN’s At-Large community (which the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is a member of), helps the individual user understand and use domain names.

The beginner's guide is 18 pages and can be downloaded at 

TTCS participates in #ICANN meeting in Cartagena, Colombia from Dec 5-10 2010

(update 3rd Dec 2010 : updated Jacqueline Morris’ status as associate chair of ICANN NomCom – Dev T)

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be participating in the 39th International Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)  meeting in Cartagena, Colombia  from December 5 to 10, 2010.

Background about ICANN, At-Large, LACRALO

At-Large is the name for the community of individual Internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN. Groups throughout the world that deal with individual Internet users’ interests can register with and participate in ICANN. The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is one such group recognized by ICANN as an At-Large Structure (ALS) since 2006. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS), along with 10 other ALSes in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN to create the first At-Large Regional At-Large Organisation, LACRALO.
Today, The Latin American and Caribbean Regional At-Large Organisation (LACRALO) includes 36 ALSes  in 15 countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Together, LACRALO represents the regional interests of the At-Large community of individual Internet users in ICANN from Latin America and the Caribbean.
One of the directors from TTCS, Dev Anand Teelucksingh, is serving as the LACRALO secretariat since 2009. 
At Cartagena, another director from TTCS, Cintra Sooknanan will also be attending.
What’s happening at ICANN Cartagena
Note that Cartagena time is one hour earlier than Trinidad and Tobago time. Many if not all meetings allow for remote participation for live viewing and live transcripts for some of the larger meetings. If you view the meeting schedule and click to a specific meeting, there are participation details for how to remotely connect to that meeting.
For more details on remote participation, see http://meetings.icann.org/remote-participation

TTCS’ involvement in ICANN At-Large activities

As LACRALO secretariat and as the primary At-Large Representative from the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society, I (Dev Anand Teelucksingh) have been involved with several Working Groups which will be presenting in Cartagena :

ALAC/At-Large Improvements project

The goal of the ALAC/At-Large Improvements project is to review and improve both ALAC/At-Large’s participation in ICANN and the ALSes’ participation in At-Large. This will be done through the implementation of the 13 recommendations outlined in the At-Large Review Work Group’s Final Report and detailed in the Simplified At-Large Improvements Implementation Outline.
We have divided these recommendations into four groups, each of which has been assigned to a work team consisting of ALAC members and regional representatives.
I am chair of Work Team D : Work team on ALAC’s policy advice development, which is assigned to the implementation of the following recommendations :
  • Rec 8: ALAC may request public comment period be extended to 45 days
  • Rec 12: Consumer representatives should have input into decisions and policy advice
  • Rec 13: ALAC/At-Large policy advice mechanisms should be strengthened.
I am also a member of  Work Team B : Work team on ALS participation, which is assigned to the implementation of the following recommendations :
  • Rec 3: Remove any obstacles in ALS-RALO-ALAC structure
  • Rec 4: ALS education and engagement
  • Rec 7: ALAC should choose its own communication/collaboration tools
  • Rec 9: ICANN should strengthen its translation/interpretation tools

 

LACRALO Showcase Working Group

https://community.icann.org/display/LACRALO/LACRALO+Cartagena+Showcase+Working+Group

LACRALO will organize a showcase event on Monday December 6 2010, 1800 to 1900 local Cartagena time to :
  • highlight the activites of the ALSes of LACRALO in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • engage in outreach activities for regional Internet user organisations attending Cartagena.
I am serving as the chair of the LACRALO Showcase Working Group preparing for this event. 
Cintra Sooknanan from TTCS will be speaking about the TTCS at this showcase event.
I will also be speaking as the LACRALO secretariat.

Mike Tikasingh from TTCS, drew three maps of regions of Latin America and the Caribbean showing the ALSes in LACRALO. These maps will be showcased at the event.
Countries in green shows a country with ALSes (and the pins indicate the number of ALSes in that country)
Countries in orange shows a country in the LAC region without any ALSes.
There are 33 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region. LACRALO has 36 At-Large Structures (ALSes) from 15 countries.

Also done were ALS factsheets from the region which are being printed and translated for the showcase event. Here’s a draft ALS factsheet showing only a few of the ALSes in LACRALO.

LACRALO Bylaw Working Group

Previous LACRALO teleconferences have identified two key issues in how LACRALO operates, according to our LACRALO organising documents 

The two key issues :

  1. The terms for the LACRALO chair and the LACRALO secretariat. It was generally agreed that the terms of these officer positions should be for two years instead of one year and that persons elected to these officer positions can only serve for two consecutive terms.
  2. how to deal with At Large Structures (ALSes) in LACRALO that are inactive and not participating in LACRALO. Such inactive ALSes affect the quorum for successful adoption of motions in LACRALO meetings, including General Assemblies.

The LACRALO Bylaw Working Group have been meeting and drafting suggested updates to the operating principles to address these issues: https://community.icann.org/display/LACRALO/Draft+Modifications+to+the+LACRALO+Operating+Principles+2010+-+Highlighted+Changes

 

At-Large Structure Survey Recommendations Report 2010

 https://community.icann.org/display/ALSurvey/At-Large+Structure+2010+Survey+Workspace

The 2010 At-Large Structure (ALS) Survey polled the 122 ALSes in At-Large to get current contact information for all ALS representatives and their alternates; to discover what policy areas the ALS Membership is most interested in; and to learn how they prefer to communicate with members of the At-Large community and ICANN At-Large Staff. Additionally, the survey will assist in learning more about the types of At-Large engagement the ALSes are interested in, including the preferred working group format, and whether their Membership is interested in representing the At-Large community at local and regional meetings and contributing to the implementation of the At-Large Improvements project.
The Survey Analysis WG (which I am chair) is preparing a final ALS survey report to be presented at the ALAC and Regional Leadership Working Session 1 on Sunday, 5 December in Cartagena.

Persons from Trinidad and Tobago participating in the ICANN meeting in Cartagena

I note that there are several persons from Trinidad and Tobago that will be present at the ICANN meeting in Cartagena. In no particular order :
  • Dev Anand Teelucksingh, ALS representative from Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society and serving as LACRALO Secretariat
  • Cintra Sooknanan, ALS Representative from Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society in LACRALO.
  • Jacqueline Morris, Associate Chair of the ICANN Nominating Committee, and a a member of the BCEC, which was responsible for the short list of Candidates for the election of the first ever At Large voting Director of the ICANN Board. Also involved with Internet Governance issues (and in TTCS)
  • Tracy Hackshaw, from Ministry of Public Administration of Trinidad and Tobago (MPA) and who helped to organise the DiploFoundation IG event in Tobago as a DiploFoundation alumni. 
  • Patrick Hosein, director at TTNIC, which manages the .tt ccTLD and is serving on the ICANN ccNSO council.

Questions, Comments, are appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society at http://ttcsweb.org ; @facebook : http://fb.me/ttcsweb ; @twitter : http://twitter.com/ttcs
“networking local computer users!”

 

TTCS pizza lime on Wednesday 1 December 2010 from 6-9pm

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having a pizzalime on Wednesday 1 December 2010 from 6 to 9pm at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout.

Come join us as we eat and chat about various computing related topics, including :

  • TTCS Bye laws
  • ISOC Chapter Formation
  • Our attendance at the 39th ICANN meeting in Cartagena, Colombia from December 5-10, 2010.

Contribution of $35 towards the food bill is expected. 

Anyone interested in computing are welcome to attend.
If you are attending, please let us know by emailing [email protected]

See you there!


Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society at http://ttcsweb.org/; http://fb.me/ttcsweb ; http://twitter.com/ttcs
"networking local computer users!"

TTCS workshop on Saturday November 20 2010 from 11am at ENCO

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having a meeting on Saturday November 20 2010 from 11am at Engineering Consultants at 112A Edward Street, Port of Spain (corner of Oxford and Edward Streets)
At this meeting, we will be discussing several matters including :

Anyone interested are invited to attend. A contribution of $30 towards refreshments is expected.
See you there!

Interception of Communications Bill 2010 introduced in #Trinidad #Tobago Parliament

The Interception of Communications Bill 2010 was introduced in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament on November 12, 2010 in the House of Representatives by the Minister of National Security, Senator Brigadier John Sandy.

The Bill seeks to "provide for and about the interception of communications, the acquisition and disclosure of data relating to communications, the acquisition of the means by which electronic data protected by encryption or passwords may be decrypted or accessed and other related matters."

From the text of The Interception of Communications Bill 2010 :

This Bill seeks to provide the legal framework within which public or private communications, which are being transmitted by means of a public or private telecommunications network, can be lawfully intercepted. An interception of communication is lawfully done only when it is done pursuant to a warrant issued by a Judge on an application by an authorized officer. Consequently, it is an offence for a person intentionally to intercept a communication being transmitted without an order of the Court. In general, a warrant would be issued only to investigate, prevent or detect a specified offence, and would be valid for an initial period of ninety days, but may be extended by the Court for two further periods, each for ninety days. The Bill also makes provision for an oral application for a warrant in urgent circumstances, subject to certain safeguards. Finally, the Bill provides that the content of a communication or communication data, which is lawfully obtained, is admissible as evidence in any criminal proceedings.

Download/read The Interception of Communications Bill 2010 at http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/b2010h22.pdf  (PDF ; 212K ; 34 pages)

The introduction of the bill follows a statement by the Honourable Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on November 12 2010 in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament House of Representatives of concerning the unregulated interception of communication of several individuals by an agency of the state,as well as the Special Anticrime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT). 

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