Flow Trinidad announces speed upgrade to residential broadband packages for same monthly rate.

Promotional banner from Flow Trinidad (https://discoverflow.co/trinidad/internet/promotions)

Flow Trinidad has announced a speed upgrade to existing Flow broadband residential packages at the same monthly rate as well as offering a new “Lightning” broadband package. According to Flow’s Facebook page, the speed upgrade will take place from 12:30am on Saturday 16th December 2017.  Here’s a table of the announced speed upgrades

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TTCS end of year Christmas dinner on Thursday December 14 2017 from 6:30pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having its end of year Christmas dinner at Ruby Tuesday, Grand Bazaar on Thursday December 14 2017 from 6:30pm.

We will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society!

Please RSVP at [email protected]! The anticipated cost of Ruby Tuesday’s Christmas dinner menu is anticipated to cost $240TT per person.

Intel discloses security vulnerabilities in firmware for several Intel CPUs

What you’ll need to do for Intel CPUs with the vulnerable Intel Management Engine – Update the motherboard firmware

Intel has announced a security vulnerability present in several of its CPUs specifically:

  • 6th, 7th & 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200 v5 & v6 Product Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor W Family
  • Intel® Atom® C3000 Processor Family
  • Apollo Lake Intel® Atom Processor E3900 series
  • Apollo Lake Intel® Pentium™
  • Celeron™ N and J series Processors

The vulnerability is related to the flaws in the management firmware that present in these CPUs and allows an attacker to, (among other things), “load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system.” Which is not good.

You can read the technical details on Intel’s Security Advisory titled SA-00086 at https://security-center.intel.com/advisory.aspx?intelid=INTEL-SA-00086&languageid=en-fr

Intel has published a Intel SA-00086 software tool for Windows and Linux users at https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27150 which you can download and run on your computer to detect whether your computer is vulnerable.

Here’s a screenshot of the tool on a machine that is vulnerable

If you’re vulnerable, you will need to update your computer by doing a BIOS update. Intel has posted a support page at http://www.intel.com/sa-00086-support  which lists various PC makers (like Dell, Acer, etc) support pages. Most mainstream PC makers have already posted such support pages.

If you’ve gotten a custom built machine, you’ll need to go to your motherboard manufacturer’s website to see if they have a BIOS update.

 

 

 

 

TTCS comments on Draft Trinidad and Tobago National Emergency Communications Plan

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has submitted its comments on the National Emergency Communications Plan (TTCS copy of National Emergency Communications Plan) prepared by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), in collaboration with Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

Read the TTCS comments on National Emergency Communications Plan (PDF ; 223K)

 

Save the date and Call for Topics for the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF) 2018

Mark your calendar for the second Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF)! The TTIGF 2018 will be held on Friday January 26th 2018 at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Columbus Circle, Westmoorings, Trinidad hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG), of which the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is a member.

The IGF is a forum for multistakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance issues, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development.

For TTIGF 2018, You can expect a programme that focuses on Internet Governance issues that are relevant to our local concerns, as well as some of the most pressing international issues. Expect more details to be shared about the TTIGF 2018 in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, if you have a topic you’d like to have considered for a session at the TTIGF 2018, please fill out the form at http://igf.tt/callfortopics

You can also check out the highlights from the TTIGF 2017 held on January 26 2017 with videos, photos and reports from that event.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday September 13 2017 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday September 13 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Come join us as we eat and chat about various ICT topics including

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

Draft Trinidad and Tobago National Emergency Communications Plan published for comments

Source: pixabay.com

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), in collaboration with Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) are inviting comments on the document titled:

National Emergency Communications Plan

Interested persons are asked to submit comments on this document via TATT’s
Public Consultation Comment Submission Form to the following email address [email protected] on or before Monday October 2nd, 2017.

The TTCS is considering a comment on this Plan and a draft will be shared in the near future.

 

 

Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) August 21 to 23 2017 ; participate at local #CIGF2017 hub in Trinidad & Tobago or online

The 13th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is starting today in the British Virgin Islands from Monday August 21 2017 to –  Wednesday August 23 2017 from 8am to 5pm.

Read the updated #CIGF2017 agenda at http://www.ctu.int/wp-content/uploads/2017/Events/August/13th_CIGF/13th-CIGF-Provisional-Agenda-2017-08-20.pdf  (times listed are the same in Trinidad and Tobago).

Some of the topics discussed at #CIGF2017 include

  • net neutrality / Over the Top Services (OTT),
  • community networks
  • cybersecurity,
  • updates from various national Internet Governance Forums (IGF) held in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • updates from IGF and LACIGF
  • advancing Internet Governance (IG) in the Caribbean
  • IPv6

So, how to participate? You can participate in #CIGF2017 :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday August 9 2017 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday August 9 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Key focus will be on the Trinidad and Tobago’s Draft National ICT Plan 2017 – 2021 (fastforward II) posted for comment. The TTCS is considering submitting comments on this plan.

Other topics

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) from August 21-23 2017 with local CIGF hub in Trinidad and Tobago

The 13th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be held from August 21 – 23 2017 at the Government’s Training Division, Betteto Frett Building, Wickham’s Cay 1 in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

You can read the overview and agenda of the 13th CIGF and register for the event online at http://www.ctu.int/events/13th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum/

The times in the British Virgin Islands is the same in Trinidad and Tobago so no need to recalculate the times on the CIGF agenda.

While persons will be able to watch and participate online, the Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (ISOC-TT) will be having a local hub on the same days at the University of the West Indies (UWI). See the ISOC-TT’s Facebook event page for details to register to attend.

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 13th CIGF will assess the status and effectiveness of the new thrust, being pursued since 2014, to enhance Internet governance expertise and capacity at the national level in the Caribbean. The new thrust will accelerate the development of national multi-stakeholder structures to facilitate in-country implementation of regionally derived/harmonised activities. The 13th CIGF will also provide a regional platform to highlight and address current IG issues of Caribbean and global prominence, towards building consensus on appropriate Caribbean methodologies and formulating action plans for advancing Caribbean interests.