Summary of TTCS meetings in 2013

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 Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine 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.

Wednesday January 9 2013

Topics discussed

Saturday February 2 2013 – ““Data Breaches, a First-Hand Experience”

At this meeting at ENCO, Mr. Kevin Suares, a Systems Administrator at Central Connecticut State University in the United States discussed his experiences in dealing with two alleged data breaches at the University from technical, procedural and policy viewpoints.

Wednesday March 13

Topics discussed:

  • Data breach : commercial bank credit card records compromised?
  • Dominica finally gets an IXP; still none for TT?
  • TT infrastructure: susceptibility to intrusion and compromise? (general topic)
  • Facebook changes again.
  • Gaming: Sims #epicfail – failed online authentication.
  • Exchequers bill in Parliament

Saturday March 23 2013 – Raspberry Pi

Held in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, St Augustine (UWI) Faculty of Engineering from 2-4pm, Anil Ramnanan demonstrated the Raspberry Pi , a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard.

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Topics discussed:

Monday August 12 2013

Online meeting to discuss future TTCS activities

Saturday August 24 2013 – Google Chromecast and Google Chromebook Pixel laptop

At this meeting, Tracy Hackshaw demonstrated the Google Chromecast, billed as the easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV and the Google Chromebook Pixel , Google’s high-end laptop running Chrome OS.

Wednesday October 9 2013

Topics discussed:

  • ICT and the 2014 Budget
  • Apple’s new hardware changes (new iPhones, iMacs)
  • The Age of Steam: Valve gaming innovations (Steambox, SteamOS, Steampad)
  • Bye Bye Bye: Microsoft after Steve Ballmer
  • Zero Day: The Abuse of Unpatched IE Holes
  • Sour Berries: The Sale of Blackberry
  • upcoming AGM

Saturday October 26 2013 – flying Quadricopter demo

Held at the Queen’s Park Savannah, we (thanks to Anil) demoed the Parrot AR 2.0, a wi-fi enabled, Linux-powered flying Quadricopter and flew the Quadricopter using a phone and tablet.

Saturday December 14 2013 – discussion about Free and Open Source

Held at the Asian Buffet Restaurant, Trincity Mall,  we chatted Ace Suares, a Free and Open Source Advocate from Curaçao and who was travelling en route from giving workshops on open source at the University of Georgetown. We had the XO laptop and XO Tablet on hand.

Wednesday December 18 2013

End of year lime.

Ministry of National Security of Trinidad & Tobago to launch “Virtual Police Officer” (VIPO) initiative

According to an article in Newsday, the Ministry of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago will be launching “Virtual Police Officer (VIPO) initiative.

According to Newsday:

“Newsday understands that under the programme, a member of the public can go to a website and register as a “police officer” after they have witnessed a crime, and have information which can solve a crime.

An analyst will then pass on this information to the relevant police agencies and the informant will be given the opportunity to interact with the investigator.

If a detection is made and the crime reported is solved, the individual who made the reported would be “handsomely rewarded.””

Read full article:
http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,188368.html

The ICANN At-Large Community Seeks Expressions of Interest for Candidates for Post of ICANN Board Seat

ALAC's Roberto Gaetano Explains the Process to Fill Seat 15 on the ICANN Board (EN) | 16 Dec 2013

(Video of Roberto Gaetano, Chair of the At-Large Board Candidate Evaluation Committee explaining the search for an ICANN Board member appointed by the ICANN At-Large Community : http://youtu.be/t-sMZDB20KA)

ICANN’s At-Large Community is beginning a search for an appointee to the ICANN Board of Directors. ALAC is looking for someone with a broad international perspective and a background in Internet users’ interests, consumer policy and/or civil society worldwide.

A so-called Expressions of Interest will remain open for those interested in the position through December 26, 2013. This is the first step in a process through which ICANN’s independent user community will appoint a voting member of the Board.

“The process is different because, by its nature, the At-Large community is looking for new people who are interested in participating in the Internet governance process and are coming from the civil society, the user community and so on,” said Roberto Gaetano, a non-voting former ALAC liaison to the Board. “The qualification is basically to have an ethical attitude. We demand a moral standing and the ability to discuss freely, along with the ability to understand the different cultures”.

The At-Large community consists of over 160 active At-Large organizations (called “At-Large Structures” or “ALSes”), representing the opinions of the global community of Internet users. At-Large allows individual worldwide Internet users to participate in a number of issues, such as:

*   Guidance on how to run Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).
*   How to introduce new gTLDs (such as .eco, .green and IDN TLDs).
*   How to implement a stable and fair transition from IPv4 to the next Internet addresses generation, IPv6.

Those who wish to be considered for the ALAC Board position must complete an Expression of Interest form at: https://www.bigpulse.com/p26527/register.

Completed application forms must be received by 23:59UTC on 26 December 2013.

If you want to understand more about ICANN At-Large community, please also contact Dev Anand Teelucksingh, vice chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; https://www.ttcs.tt/). The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is an member of the At-Large Community and Dev Anand is currently serving as a member of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and on the ALAC Leadership Team.

Additional links:

  • At-Large Board Director 2014 Selection Workspace: https://community.icann.org/x/ng6MAg 
  • Watch a video of Tijani Ben Jemaa, Chair of the At-Large Board Member Process Committee speak about the process (in French) http://youtu.be/2fS0zNbR8_Q
  • At-Large Board Candidate Evaluation Committee: https://community.icann.org/x/uAafAg

 

TTCS lime on Wednesday December 18 2013 from 6pm to 9pm at Shanghai Experience, MovieTowne, Port of Spain

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having its next get-together on
Wednesday December 18 2013 from 6pm to 9pm for a buffet dinner at the Shanghai Experience, MovieTowne, Port of Spain.

Come join as we eat and chat about various ICT topics.

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend. The Buffet Dinner at the Shanghai Experience costs $199 TT.

Please RSVP to [email protected] We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TTCS lime at Asian Buffet, Trincity Mall from 4pm to 6pm on December 14 2013 – discussion about Free and Open Source

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having a lime on Saturday December 14, 2013 from 4pm to 6pm at the Asian Buffet Restaurant, Trincity Mall.

At this meeting, we will be chatting with Ace Suares, a Free and Open Source Advocate from Curaçao and who is travelling en route from giving workshops on open source at the University of Georgetown.

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend. Lunch at Asian Buffet  costs $175  and their Buffet-style menu is available online at http://www.theasianbuffet.com/. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing us at [email protected]