About the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS)
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; https://www.ttcs.tt/ ) is a computer user group based in Trinidad. Formed in 1997, we:
- are a forum where computers, related technologies and related social issues are discussed so persons can share knowledge and improve their experiences with technology;
- keep current with the events in the local Information Technology and telecommunications industries ;
- hold membership in several international organisations and advise on technology issues in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.
We have regular meetings, mailing lists, our website and are on Facebook and Twitter. We also maintain a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows called the TTCS OSSWIN.
Membership in the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is open to anyone interested in computing and ICT regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use.
Read more to learn more about our activities. Anyone interested in computing or the Internet, regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use, are welcome to join our announcement mailing list to keep up to date about (and participate in) our activities.
What does the TTCS do?
For the TTCS to “network local computer users”, we have :
Regular meetings :
The TTCS has three types of meetings since 1997 :
Limes are the name given to our casual meetups discussion where we eat and chat about on a variety of ICT and social issues, local and abroad. Usually held on the second Wednesday each month from 6 to 9pm. Originally called Pizzalimes when we were meeting at a Pizzeria outlet.
At Tech meetings, we usually have computers on site to demonstrate a particular computer related issue, either hardware or software.
Workshops are different from tech meetings when there is a need for members to collaborate on a particular topic/issue. For example, responding to requests for comments on various ICT related government laws and or policies or preparations for future events like Software Freedom Day. Usually held on a Saturday.
See our Meetings Posts for more details about our meetings since 1997(!).
TTCS Mailing lists
Since 2010, we have a subscribe list where announcements about TTCS activities are sent via Mailchimp at https://www.ttcs.tt/jointtcs.
Subscribers have the option to join the ttcs discussion mailing list at Google Groups to discuss TTCS matters/activities and computer related material/issues in Trinidad and Tobago.
Social Media / Website
- Our website at https://www.ttcs.tt/ and join our announcement mailing list at https://www.ttcs.tt/jointtcs.
- We have several videos on Vimeo of past key events such as Software Freedom Day.
- our email at [email protected]
Computer Related articles
A listing of the various computer related articles can be found at https://www.ttcs.tt/category/articles/. One notable article is our ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago resource.
Interesting software links for several operating systems. The emphasis is on freeware and open source.
TTCS OSSWIN and TTCS OSSWIN online
The TTCS OSSWIN (formerly the TTCS OSSWIN CD and TTCS OSSWIN DVD) is a compilation of free and open source software for Windows. It is regularly updated and available for download as well.
You can also browse TTCS OSSWIN online at http://ttcsosswin.ttcs.tt/ which features the web interface to learn about Free and Open Source programs in various categories, including screenshots or videos of the programs and a link to the program’s website where you can download the program.
Participation in ICANN as an accredited At-Large Structure
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (PDF ; 96K) between ICANN and ten organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean accredited as “At-Large Structures” was signed to create the Latin American and the Caribbean Regional At Large Organisation (LACRALO). At-Large is the name for the community of individual Internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN.
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) is an accredited ‘At-Large Structure’ and is one of the ten signatories to the MOU which took part in the signing ceremony on December 5th, 2006 at 11.50am (9:50 am local time) at the ICANN general meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The At-Large Representative from the TTCS has served as Secretariat for LACRALO from 2009 to 2012 and on the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) from 2012-2014 and continues to participate in ICANN At-Large
Participation in Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG)
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is a founding member organisation of the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG) which was launched on January 26 2017.
The purpose of the TTMAG is to be an independent entity for the promotion and development of best practice policy standards for the .tt country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and the local Internet ecosystem in the interest of the Internet Community with the following objectives:
- To serve the needs of any specific, cohesive community of interest and the local Internet community in the context of Internet evolution particularly in education, Internet infrastructure development, Internet standards and experimentation, public policies and regulatory co-ordination regarding Internet content and services, and contributing to Internet governance;
- promote activities consistent with .tt ccTLD’s role and purposes in Trinidad and Tobago
- to generally encourage the above objectives through projects and initiatives to increase awareness and local participation
- to represent the local Internet Community at conferences and meetings.
One key event the TTMAG has organised is the annual Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum since 2017.
Whenever there has been a request for comments on Government IT related policies, the TTCS usually has workshops about these and tries to submit comments.
See our ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago page which lists the various ICT related policies within Trinidad and Tobago as well as the comments submitted by the TTCS.
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) podcasts are about various computer and technology related topics in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. The TTCS podcasts were featured in the ICTUpdate article : “Extending networks with podcasting in the Caribbean” .
Who runs the TTCS?
The TTCS is a registered non-profit organisation with a Board of three Directors. From 2004 to mid 2009, the board of directors were Dev Anand Teelucksingh, Colin Razack and Paul Worswick. In early 2009, Colin and Paul resigned from the board ; Anil Ramnanan and Cintra Sooknanan were appointed directors of the board. In 2012, Cintra Sooknanan stepped down and Jacqueline Morris was appointed as director.
There is a advisory committee made up of long term members who have taken part in TTCS over the years.
Subscribe to the TTCS mailing list!
If you are interested in Technology and the Internet, then please subscribe to the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) mailing list!
Once subscribed, we will keep you up to date of upcoming TTCS activities and contributions by TTCS members about Technology and Internet related news in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. You can attend and participate in our activities.
This information you provide is for the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society only ; it will NOT be given or sold to any other third party.
Our email address is [email protected]