The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having a F2F meeting on Saturday October 13 2018 from 1pm at Engineering Consultants, 112A Edward Street (corner of Oxford and Edward Streets), Port of Spain.
Save the date! The third annual Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF ; http://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.
What is Net Neutrality? From Wikipedia: Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers treat all data on the Internet equally, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.
About Over the Top Services (OTT)
OTT refers to “services that a customer may use which rides on top of a network to which the customer is connected” (CANTO, 2014) – which covers anything that is sent and received over the Internet from webpages to email to Voice over IP (VoIP) and video chat services (like Skype, Whatsapp, Google Duo), Messaging services (like Whatsapp, Apple iMessage, Google Allo) to video and audio streaming (like YouTube, Netflix, Facebook Video).
About TATT’s discussion paper on net neutrality and OTT Services in Trinidad and Tobago
In TATT’s discussion paper, TATT proposes several guiding principles and policy recommendations for Net Neutrality and OTT Services in Trinidad and Tobago. These proposed principles and recomendations WILL impact current and future Internet users and businesses in Trinidad and Tobago in how we use the Internet. Please therefore read the discussion paper and contribute to the TTCS response to the discussion paper (Google doc, no login needed) before October 12 2018 by following the links below, and read about TATT’s proposed principles and recommendations for Net Neutrality and OTT Services.
TATT proposed Guiding Principles for Net Neturality
Principle 1: Reasonable Traffic Management
The Authority recognises that well-functioning broadband networks require operators to manage their networks reasonably.
Traffic management techniques that are reasonable and serve to address specific needs should be allowed.
Principle 2: No Unreasonable Discrimination
The Authority proposes net neutrality rules that specifically prohibit network operators from intentionally downgrading and/or blocking lawful content, applications and/or services.
Discriminatory practices may be allowed for societal issues such as: bridging the digital divide, public safety, emergency situations, law enforcement and national security issues, and child pornography.
Principle 3: Encouraging Investment
Net neutrality policy decisions should ensure that market opportunities and investment prospects are not unduly disrupted.
Net neutrality policy decisions should encourage a climate of regulatory certainty that incentivises investment, e.g., through sector stability and the expectation of reasonable rates of return on investment opportunities.
Principle 4: Transparency
Network operators should disclose their network practices inclusive of traffic management practices and application-specific behaviour.
The disclosure of traffic management information that is commercially sensitive in nature, or which may compromise the security of a network, should be exempted from the principle of transparency.
Principle 5: Promoting Local Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Any policy framework on net neutrality should be guided by the stimulation of local innovation and entrepreneurship.
TATT’s proposed policy recommendations for net neutrality
On Blocking and Throttling
An ISP should not prevent (through blocking) end users from freely accessing and/or providing lawful information, content, services and applications.
Subject to the principle of reasonable traffic management, an ISP should not intentionally restrict, alter, degrade or impair specific content, services or applications.
On Paid Prioritisation and Zero-Rated Pricing
The Authority proposes penalising harmful and proven offences as opposed to the absolute banning of paid prioritisation and zero-rating practices.
Each case should be evaluated on its individual merit and regulatory action would only be warranted where there is violation of one or more of the guiding principles.
Classification 1: Functionally Equivalent OTT Services
OTTs which are functionally equivalent to traditional services and use numbering resources to connect to the PSTN [Public Switch Telephone Network] should be regulated in the same manner as traditional telecommunications services.
Amendments to the Authority’s Authorisation Framework will be required to reflect classification 1 OTT services.
Classification 2: Other OTT Services
The Authority may consider taking a light-handed regulatory approach to OTT services not requiring numbering or spectrum resources.
Amendments to the Authority’s Authorisation Framework will be required to reflect classification 2 OTT services.
General regulatory controls should be applied to these services. These include, inter alia, cybersecurity, data protection, child pornography, intellectual property rights, national security and privacy controls.
Over the past few weeks, the TTCS has transitioned to a new web host. One of the key benefits and goals was to implement https:// ( Read from Google why https:// is important) instead of http:// throughout the site.
A challenge to implement https:// throughout was a large number of passive mixed content affecting (350+ links) according to https://www.missingpadlock.com/, due to content (images, documents) still being served from ttcs.wordpress.com when we were using wordpress.com as a blog off the static ttcsweb.org website from around 2007 to 2010/11. Also (over 600 crawl errors were detected due to broken links from web content spanning 20+ years online with links from ttcsweb.org.
So over the past three weeks, a lot of post re-editing was done to ensure that the online website history of the TTCS from 1995 to now is now fully within our WordPress CMS. In going through this excercise, I thought I’ll share some history of how the TTCS was “on the web” since 1997.
History of TTCS online
We used http://www.opus.co.tt/ttcs/ thanks to Opus Networx. We started with a two versions of the site, a framed and non framed version.
Around 1999, we eliminated the framed version in favour of the non framed version.
This core design which validated as HTML v4.01 strict stayed with ttcsweb.org until 2011. We started paying for web hosting around 2005 and still do to this day
All of these previous versions were static HTML files, meaning no content management system like WordPress or Drupal was used. Just creating and editing HTML files directly and using FTP to upload to the web server.
Notepad was the key editor used to edit the html files up to 1998-1999 under Windows 3.x, but in the Win98SE days from 1998 to 2002, a editor called xEdit was used with provided syntax highlighting and the ability to edit multiple files via a tabbed notebook UI. Under Windows XP, Programmer’s Notepad was used and around 2010 or so, used Notepad++.
Around 2004, a program called a HTML preprecessor called PPWIZARD was used to generate the html files from text files around 2004 which aided in reusing code snippets throughout the site.
We experimented with blogger in 2004 in preparation for a 2004 tech meeting, but didn’t continue using it.
In 2006, a wiki at Pbwiki was created to allow for members to collaborate on content and in 2007 a “blog” at wordpress.com (ttcs.wordpress.com) was added at to allow for easier posting and subscribing to updates.
Which helped somewhat but then this created challenges of having content scattered over multiple platforms and that TTCS content was not under one domain name. The website had been designed without concepts of mobile or responsive web design so a redesign again was needed.
Hence the moves to move content to WordPress from 2011 first under cs.tt and now ttcs.tt. This was indeed a laborious process, especially for the static files which required manual creation of category posts and pages to be created and copy and paste. And copy and paste. And copy and paste. And editing. And editing. 🙂
As part of the migration to the new host for ttcs.tt, we’ve removed the ttcs.wordpress.com, pbwiki content and the static files from ttcsweb.org so that all of the content will be findable under ttcs.tt. http://ttcsweb.org/ and http://cs.tt redirects to ttcs.tt.
Having said that, we are using the default theme. Anyone wishing to help come up with a improved theme, please contact the TTCS at [email protected] .
(Update : 27 Sept 2016 – expanded discussion of text editors used to code the website and expanded on what PPWIZARD did. )
The TTCS OSSWIN v2.30, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows 10/8/7 is available for download.
The latest release features 2 new programs, and of course lots of software updates. Also, replaced many screenshots of programs running in Windows XP with screenshots of those programs running in Windows 10
Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin for more details and to download the 4GB collection as an ISO file for extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device or for burning on to a DVD.
Note that 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. The web based UI is responsive, meaning it should be usable on non-Windows small screen mobile phones and tablets.