12th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) from August 10 to 12 2016 in Belize – how to watch online

(Update September 14 2016 : You can watch videos of the sessions at http://livestream.com/internetsociety/cigf16

The 12th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be held from August 10-12 2016 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City, Belize.

The CTU’s CIGF event page at http://www.ctu.int/12th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum/ has a provisional agenda and persons will be able to watch and participate online via Livestream at http://livestream.com/internetsociety/cigf16

You can use the LiveStream mobile app to open the links. To view the livestream in your desktop browser but your browser must have the Adobe Flash plugin installed (if you’re using browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Opera) or use browsers with the Adobe Flash plugin built in (such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge).

The time in Belize is 2 hours earlier than Trinidad and Tobago. It is anticipated that the CIGF sessions will therefore start at 10:30am local time.


CTU Agenda

For convenience, here’s the time local to Trinidad and Tobago for the various sessions.


  • 10:30 am  –  The ABCs of Internet Governance: – Internet Lingo Demystified
  • 11:15 am – Internet Domains Explained aka How the Internet Really Works
  • 12:30pm – Security and Privacy Issues in Internet of Things (IoT) Applications
  • 1pm – IPv6: Transition Status, Imperatives and Stakeholder Strategies
  • 3pm – A Fair, Balanced and Nuanced Assessment of Network Neutrality
  • 4pm – Data Protection Overview: Regimes, Best Practices and Caribbean Experiences Discussion
  • 5:30pm – CIRTs 101 and the Need for Regional Collaboration


  • 11am – Introduction to the 12th CIGF
  • 12pm – CIGF @ 12: What We’ve Done, Current Initiatives and What’s Next
  • 1pm – Is there an issue with net neutrality in the Caribbean and is any action required by relevant stakeholders on this matter?
  • 3pm – Developing an Internet Exchange Point in Belize to Accelerate the Local Internet Economy
  • 4pm – Are local IXPs having the desired impact in the Caribbean?
  • 5pm – Identified Areas for Update of the Caribbean IG Policy Framework


  • 11am – ICANN Issues Update: Status , Prognosis and Opportunities for Caribbean Contribution
  • 11:30am – General Discussion of Caribbean Participation in ICANN Communities: GAC, ALAC, gNSO, ccNSO etc.
  • 12:00pm – Regional and Global IGF Activities and Leveraging Interrelationships with Other IG Fora in the Region and Internationally:
    Building Caribbean Influence
  • 1pm to 2pm – Case Studies of National Multi-stakeholder Initiatives
  • 3pm – Developing a Toolkit for Fostering National Multi-stakeholder Fora in the Caribbean
  • 4:30pm – Presentations of Workshop Recommendations
  • 5:30 – Open Microphone and Wrap Up

CIGF Background

The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the CTU and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance. The forum has since met annually and the primary products of its work have been the formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework (currently at v2), the proliferation of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and capacity building in Internet Governance Principles across the Caribbean.

The 12th CIGF will provide a regional platform to discuss and clarify issues of Internet governance of Caribbean and global prominence (such as Net Neutrality, Cyber-security, Privacy) towards building consensus on appropriate Caribbean approaches. It will also contribute to realising a new thrust, announced at the 10th CIGF in The Bahamas, to enhance Internet governance expertise and capacity at the national level in the Caribbean through the development of local multi-stakeholder structures. This would facilitate national implementation mechanisms for regionally derived/harmonised approaches. The 12th CIGF will also conclude the work of identifying appropriate amendments for incorporation into Issue 3.0 of the Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework as well as formulate action plans for identified projects for regional implementation e.g. re IPv6, DNSSEC.