The Cybercrime Bill was introduced in the Senate by the Minister of National Security Gary Griffith on March 21 2014. The Bill seeks “to provide for the creation of offences related to cybercrime and related matters” and if passed would repeal the Computer Misuse Act 2000
The offences related to cybercrime and related matters includes
illegal access to a computer system
Illegally remaining in a computer system
Illegal interception of subscriber or traffic data
Illegal data interference
Illegal acquisition of data
possession and distribution of devices that is designed or adapted for the purpose of committing an offence under this Act or disclosure of password or access codes
Unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data
forgery of computer data and distribution of forged data
using computers to set up a meeting with a child for the purpose of abusing the child.
the offence of violating a person’s privacy by capturing and sharing pictures or videos of a person’s private area without his consent.
relaying of multiple email messages with the intent to deceive as to the origin of the message
the offence of harassment through the use of electronic means with the intent to cause emotional distress.
criminalising the act of sending multiple electronic mail messages that are unsolicited and which causes harm to a person or damage to a computer.
The Bill lapsed with the end of the Parliament session on July 30 2014.
The submission of comments was June 3 2013 but this deadline was extended to Tuesday 09 July 2013.
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) submitted its comments on the draft policy for (and proposed amendments to) the Telecommunications Act, using the comment submission form posted on TATT’s website:
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Here is a collection of software I always store on a USB drive or burn on a CD before going to troubleshoot a home user’s Windows PC which is typically running Windows XP/Vista/7/8.
Usually, the problem is due to spyware and/or virus infection and rarely problems with the hardware. On the flash drive are folders for each step I take (Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, etc) ; each folder contains the software I need to accomplish the step.
This is a historical record of the Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) which were in operation in Trinidad and Tobago between 1986 and 2000.
A BBS was a computer system that allowed users to connect to the system (typically via dial up modems). Users logged in could chat, email, download files, post messages in forums for other users to read and respond to. BBSes were a precursor to what many persons do on the Internet today, social networking, downloading files, chat, reading and posting in forums or on email lists.
Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) in Trinidad and Tobago were a popular means of communications beginning in the late 1980s even though personal computers were expensive and few persons actually had one at home. That scenario began to change by the early 1990s as prices on computer hardware began to decrease and modem speeds increased.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education (MSTE) and iGovTT launched a series of consultations on the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Plan 2014-2018 on Wednesday 21 March 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel which culminated in a two-day Conference on July 11 2012 as the final point of consultation on the Draft National ICT Plan.
Read MSTE/iGovTT press ad on April 2, 2012 (PDF ; 1.3MB) which reported on the initial consultations and the schedule for consultations. Persons were also invited to comment on the draft ICT plan at http://www.ictconsultations.gov.tt/
The draft National ICT Plan dubbed “smartTT” focused on 5 thematic areas to guide the implementation of ICT development agenda for Trinidad and Tobago. The five themes were:
Innovation and Human Capital Development,
Access and Digital Inclusion,
e-‐Business and ICT Sector Development
The plan was predicated on the National ICT vision which is to create
“A dynamic knowledge based society, driven by the innovative use of ICTs to enhance the social, economic and cultural development of the
people of Trinidad and Tobago.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) also submitted comments to the National ICT Consultation.
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has a discussion list where members where can discuss computer / phone / telecommunications related topics and other TTCS matters/activities. It’s a great way to find other people who are interested in the same kinds of technology topics as you are, and to find other viewpoints you may not have considered before.
Our discussion list is a two-way list (if one person sends mail to the list, everyone signed up to the list receives it).
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The mailing list guidelines for the TTCS discussion list are as follows, as approved by the TTCS executive on December 10, 2011:
This mailing list is a place for the members of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) to have respectful dialogue about ICT matters that are of interest to the community. We want this list to be a fun and relaxing place to discuss ICT related issues, to share and to learn.
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Inappropriate postings to the TTCS Members list include:
Unsolicited bulk e-mail
Excessive publicity for businesses or personal interests – you can include your blog, business info etc in a footer to your message, but messages advertising your business to the TTCS membership en masse are inappropriate
Discussion of subjects unrelated to the TTCS mission and objectives
Unprofessional or discourteous commentary, regardless of the general subject
In addition to the foregoing, Admins may take action if:
we observe sequences of messages by one or more participants that cause the TTCS mailing list to become a hostile environment
Any other behaviour that the TTCS Executive deems counter to our stated objectives
Any member contacts the admins regarding any post they find offensive.
If you find any post to be objectionable, please contact [email protected], or [email protected], including a copy of the objectionable email and your reasons for objection.
How to join the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society
Membership in the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is open to anyone interested in computers regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use.
We have regular meetings, mailing lists, podcasts, and our website and presence on Facebook and onTwitter . We also hold membership in several international organisations and advise on technology issues in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.