Register to attend Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (#CIGF2019) from May 2-3 2019 & Caribbean FutureScape from 29 April to 1 May 2019

The 15th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF2019) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is taking place from the 2nd to 3rd May 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Wrightson Road, Trinidad and Tobago.

CIGF2019 has a provisional agenda and persons will be able to watch at http://www.ctu.int/15CIGF . You can register for CIGF2019 online.

However, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formation and the 15th Anniversary of the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum with a week of ICT-related activities from 29th April to 3rd May 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Trinidad and Tobago. Included in the week’s activities are a Prime Ministerial Summit and a Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar, are a Summit and a Ministerial Seminar, a workshop hosted by the International Telecommunication Union and a event called Caribbean FutureScape.

Caribbean FutureScape

Caribbean FutureScape is a simulation of a confederation of 5 Caribbean countries whose governments have collaborated and cooperated to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to accelerate the social and economic development of their countries.

Its objectives, according to the Caribbean FutureScape Overview (PDF) document :

  • To demonstrate the transformative potential of ICT in a futuristic Caribbean Single ICT Space.
  • To demonstrate the possibilities for free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and rights of establishment in a Single Market and Economy.
  • To comprehensively demonstrate the benefits of collaboration by Caribbean governments in establishing the Single ICT Space.
  • To prove that competing ICT services providers can be mobilised to collaborate to build the ICT Space.
  • To encourage Caribbean Prime Ministers to commit to 21stCentury Government and national and regional digital transformation.

Check out the Caribbean FutureScape event page for more details and to register for the event.

Background of Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance (IG), initially focusing on the proceedings of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The forum has since met annually and has delivered significant and pioneering benefits to the region as well as to the global Internet community. Highlights of its work include formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework; the proliferation of Internet exchange points (IXPs); capacity building in IG Principles and best practices;and growth in Caribbean influence in international IG fora.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society Lime [Upcoming TTCS AGM, ICANN Reports, Upcoming CIGF] on **This Wednesday** April 17 2019 from 7 to 9:30 pm; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having a lime this Wednesday April 17th, 2019 from 7pm to 9:30 pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.


Our key topic for this lime is to discuss our upcoming AGM and nominations. We should also be receiving reports from representatives at ICANN and TTMAG. Please come prepared with your comments and contributions to the discussion, especially with regards to our nominations for our AGM.


Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to [email protected] . See you there!

#ICANN64 public meeting from March 9-14 2019 – how you can participate in the discussions

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN )  will be having its 64th public meeting from Saturday March 9 to March 14 2019 in Kobe, Japan. However, you can listen in and participate remotely.

What is ICANN?

What is ICANN?

As the name implies, ICANN helps coordinate the assignment and management of Internet numbering resources (such as IP addresses) and domain names (forming a system called the Domain Name System or DNS). The DNS maps domain names to IP addresses.

ICANN also defines and implements policies for how the “Names and Numbers” of the Internet are assigned. ICANN coordinates policy development related to the DNS by bringing a variety of stakeholders (ranging from governments, technical, business, civil society) organised in various groups to develop and advise on such DNS policies. This volunteer-based group of diverse stakeholders is called the ICANN community.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) is an member of the ICANN At-Large Community since 2006, which represents the interests of Internet end users in ICANN policies and activities.

Important links to learn and follow #ICANN64

Some important links to help you learn more and follow the #ICANN64 meeting :

  • ICANN64 Full Meeting Schedule – this table (you will have to scroll down a lot) shows the various meetings happening in various rooms at the same time. All times listed are local to Kobe, Japan. The time in Kobe Japan is 13 hours ahead of that of Trinidad and Tobago. So when looking at the ICANN64 schedule, you’ll need to subtract 13 hours to get the time of the meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. This means that the meetings on Monday Morning for example will take place on Sunday night in Trinidad and Tobago. If you visit the schedule on your iOS or Android device, you can install the ICANN Meeting App to follow the schedule on your mobile / tablet device. Or search for “ICANN” in your app stores.
  • At-Large Meeting Agenda Workspace – lists the very busy schedule and detailed agendas of the meetings of the At-Large Community.
  • Pre-ICANN64 Policy Report (PDF) – This report provides a high-level overview of the planned work and activities of the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (including At-Large) at ICANN64.
  • ICANNwiki Quickguide to ICANN64 (PDF) – another useful quicksheet guide to ICANN64 from ICANNwiki
  • Twitter search for #ICANN64 – search Twitter using the hashtag #ICANN64

How to listen and participate online in #ICANN64 meeting

When you select a meeting on the ICANN64 Full Meeting Schedule , you will see something like this :

You will see on the left under the short description are several grey buttons:

  • Live Video – via Livestream –
  • Scribe – Closed Captioning – shows the live transcribed text during the meeting – great when you want to scroll back quickly to catch what was said or you can’t listen to audio.
  • Adobe Connect – a web conferencing tool ICANN uses for its online conference calls and F2F public meetings. Adobe Connect allows participants (either face to face or remotely)  to
    • instant message each other
    • review the meeting agenda and documents
    • follow presentations and raise their hands in order to make comments.
  • English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Japanese – the audio of the meeting – the presence of muliple languages is done by interpreters in the room allowing different language participants to understand each other (and to be understood by other participants)

Note that not all meetings will have so many different language options, but all would have at least the audio stream and the Adobe Connect “room”

Installing the Adobe Connect app

It is recommended to download the standalone Adobe Connect application for Windows or Mac

  • Download Adobe Connect Meeting Application for Windows : http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup
  • Download Adobe Connect Meeting Application for MacOS : http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

Adobe Connect app is also available on mobile / tablet devices running iOS and Android.

Currently, as the TTCS’ At-Large representative (Dev Anand Teelucksingh), I have continued to be involved in various At-Large activities. I do want to encourage anyone with a interest and a desire to learn more about ICANN policy issues and how to get involved, email me at [email protected] and I’ll try my best to help.

Last chance! Register for free to attend the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum 2019 on Friday January 25 2019 #TTIGF2019

https://ttigf2019.igf.tt/

Only a few seats remain for you to register for free, to attend the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum 2019 (TTIGF 2019)

TTIGF 2019 (http://ttigf2019.igf.tt/) will be held on Friday 25th January 2019 from 9am to 5pm at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Columbus Circle, Westmoorings, Trinidad with online participation available for those unable to attend at the venue.

Now in its third year, the TTIGF is hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG), of which the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is a member.

With the overall theme of “The Internet of Trust”, TTIGF 2019’s agenda features three panel sessions with selected experts and respected professionals:

  • Caribbean Data Protection Regulations (CDPR)
  • Cultural Factors in the Caribbean affecting Trust & Privacy for Digital Security
  • Using Technology to Increase Trust in Public Institutions

TTIGF 2019 will also have an open forum session where all stakeholders (including online participants) can share comments, questions, solutions and best practices on internet governance locally, regionally and globally.

If you plan to attend (in person or remotely), please register for TTIGF2019 . Registration is FREE. There is no charge to attend TTIGF 2019, but space is limited!

Register for free to attend the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum 2019 on Friday January 25 2019

Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum 2019 (http://ttigf2019.igf.tt/)

Register for free, to attend the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum 2019 (TTIGF 2019) !

TTIGF 2019 (http://ttigf2019.igf.tt/) will be held on Friday 25th January 2019 from 9am to 5pm at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Columbus Circle, Westmoorings, Trinidad with online participation available for those unable to attend at the venue.

Now in its third year, the TTIGF is hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG), of which the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is a member.

With the overall theme of “The Internet of Trust”, TTIGF 2019’s agenda features three panel sessions with selected experts and respected professionals:

  • Caribbean Data Protection Regulations (CDPR)
  • Cultural Factors in the Caribbean affecting Trust & Privacy for Digital Security
  • Using Technology to Increase Trust in Public Institutions

TTIGF 2019 will also have an open forum session where all stakeholders (including online participants) can share comments, questions, solutions and best practices on internet governance locally, regionally and globally.

If you plan to attend (in person or remotely), please register for TTIGF2019 . Registration is FREE. There is no charge to attend TTIGF 2019, but space is limited!