TTCS OSSWIN 1.60, a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows is available for download

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN v1.60, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows (10/8/7/Vista/XP) for download.

The name change from TTCS OSSWIN DVD to TTCS OSSWIN was done to reflect that whilst the collection can (for now) be burned on a DVD, DVDs are becoming less prevalent on many modern Windows computers and that TTCS OSSWIN can be extracted to the hard drive or to USB flash drives.

The TTCS OSSWIN collection features a web based interface for browsing programs organised into several categories:  Desktop Applications, Educational, Games, Graphics, Internet, Server, Sound and Video and Utilities.

Lots of software updates for TTCS OSSWIN v1.60, including LibreOffice 5.2.1, Mozilla Firefox 48.0.2, Virtualbox 5.1.6 and more. See the changelog for more details.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at http://www.cs.tt/osswin for more details and to download the collection as an ISO file for burning onto a DVD or extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device.

 

 

 

ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago

These series of posts on the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s website documents the various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related laws and policies that have been introduced and/or proposed in Trinidad and Tobago either in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament or by various Government ministries, and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has commented on many of these policies.

ICT Related Laws and Policies sorted by Year


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How laws are passed in Trinidad and Tobago

(This is a layperson’s understanding of the process. A lot of information was obtained from the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s website.)

Laws are introduced and passed in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago which consists of the President of Trinidad and Tobago and two bodies, a House of Representatives and a Senate. The House of Representatives has forty one (41) elected representatives of the constituencies in Trinidad and Tobago. The Senate has 31 senators appointed by the President, sixteen on the advice of the Prime Minister ; six on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition; and nine Independents appointed by the President.

Proposed laws are introduced in either in the House of Representatives or in the Senate as a Bill (Note: certain types of Bills known as “Money Bills” cannot be introduced in the Senate) . The Bill is debated and after a vote, is passed with or without amendments. This Bill (as passed) is then introduced in the other chamber of Parliament where it is similarly debated, possibly amended and voted on.

If there are no amendments to the Bill in the second chamber, then the Bill is passed.

If there are amendments to the Bill in the second chamber, the amendments have to be voted by the chamber where the Bill was first introduced.

Once the Bill in its final form has been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Bill as passed becomes an Act. Depending on the the legislation, the Act comes into effect on the Date of Assent, and/or when proclaimed by the President.

 

TTCS Podcasts 1 to 20 from 2005 to 2010

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) podcasts are about various computer and technology related topics in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. All TTCS podcasts are copyrighted by the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society and is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 licence.

For more information about podcasting, check out the Wikipedia entry on Podcasting

Your comments/suggestions for the TTCS podcasts are welcome at admin@ttcsweb.org

TTCS podcast RSS feed


TTCS podcast #20 : January 30, 2010

TTCS podcast #20 (MP3 ; 37 minutes ; 25 MB)
Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the announcement of the Apple’s iPad

TTCS podcast #19 : Febuary 25th, 2009

TTCS podcast #19 (MP3 ; 48 minutes ; 33.4MB)
Dev, Kurt and Mike T discussed the experiences of Windows 7

TTCS podcast #18 : Febuary 21st, 2009

TTCS podcast #18 (MP3 ; 47 minutes ; 32.4MB)
Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed Facebook, Twitter and CCTV cameras as it relates to users’ privacy

TTCS podcast #17 : Febuary 21st, 2009

TTCS podcast #17 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)

Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics :

TTCS podcast #16 : February 21st, 2009

TTCS podcast #16 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)

Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics on Carnival Saturday 2009 :

 

TTCS podcast #15 : February 21st, 2009

TTCS Podcast #15 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)

Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics on Carnival Saturday 2009 :

TTCS Podcast #14 : December 8th, 2007

TTCS Podcast #14 (MP3 ; 24 minutes ; 8.7MB)

  • Look back at Software Freedom Day 2007

TTCS Podcast #13 : December 8th, 2007

TTCS Podcast #13 (MP3 ; 32 minutes ; 11.2MB)

Our thirteenth podcast. The TTCS regulars (Dev, Anil, Mike T, Jacqueline, Raul, Paul) discussed the following topics :

TTCS Podcast #11 : August 19th, 2006

TTCS Podcast #11  (MP3 ; 56.5 minutes ; 13MB)

Our 11th podcast. The TTCS regulars (Mike T, Dev, Paul, Richard Jobbity) discussed the following :

 

TTCS Podcast #10 : May 27th, 2006

TTCS Podcast #10 (MP3 ; 75 minutes ; 8.7MB)

Our tenth podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :

1 hour edited by Dev T, rest by Colin, final edit and conversion to MP3 by Mike T.

 

TTCS Podcast #9 : March 11th, 2006

TTCS Podcast #9 (MP3 ; 110 minutes ; 12.8MB)
Our ninth podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Colin, Mike T, Anil, Nissan, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :

TTCS Podcast #8 : January 21st, 2006

TTCS Podcast #8 (MP3 ; 64 minutes ; 15MB)

Our eight podcast and the first for 2006. The TTCS Regulars (Peter, Colin, Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :

 

TTCS Podcast #7 : December 17th, 2005

TTCS Podcast #7 (MP3 ; 60 minutes ; 13.8MB)

Our seventh podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics:

  • TSTT ADSL available in Sangre Grande
  • the continuing saga of cell phone competition in Trinidad and Tobago
  • What other internet providers can compete with TSTT ADSL?
  • Could Digicel launch without an interconnection?
  • factors affecting ICT and e-commerce in Trinidad and Tobago
  • cool tech gifts

 

TTCS Podcast #6 : October 22nd 2005

TTCS Podcast #6 (MP3 ; 33 minutes ; 7.8MB)

Our sixth podcast, recorded on the same day as podcast #5. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard, Paul and Dev Anand) as we discussed the recent Apple announcements and the music industry.

Show Notes :

  • On Sept 7th, 2005, Apple announced the iPod nano and the Motorola Rokr phone.
  • On October 20th, 2005, Apple upgrades the PowerMac and PowerBooks.
  • On October 12th, 2005, Apple introduces the iPod aka the video iPod
  • Some popular videocasts : CommandN, Player 1 vs Player2 and Hak5
  • Can the TTCS do a videocast?
  • CaribbeanFreeRadio is listed on the iTunes directory
  • Can radio benefit from podcasting?
  • Can Caribbean music benefit from iTunes?
  • the benefits of Digital Rights Management (DRM)?
  • A search on the iTunes library turns up several Caribbean artistes whose songs you can purchase for 99 US cents
  • the problems of copy-protected CDs
  • the future of record companies and radio stations
  • Can you buy from iTunes? Only with an US credit card. Amazon.com can accept local issued credit cards ; you can even buy local foodstuffs.

 

TTCS Podcast #5 : October 22th 2005

TTCS Podcast #5 (MP3 ; 46 minutes ; 10.9MB)

Our fifth Podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard, Paul and Dev Anand) as we discuss the following topics:

TTCS Podcast #4 : October 9th 2005

TTCS Podcast #4 (MP3 ; 16 minutes ; 3.8MB)

Mike and Dev Anand talk about the audio recordings Mike did on Software Freedom Day (SFD) , event held by the TTCS, Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) and FLOS Caribbean on September 10th, 2005. The speeches by Richard Jobity, Anil Ramnanan and Allan Samaroo at Software Freedom Day are available as separate MP3 files (see http://www.ttcsweb.org/podcasts/index.htm#podcast4 for links). We answer some of the comments made about the TTCS podcast and the podcast ends with Mike’s “walkthrough” on SFD leading up to the speeches.

Download links to the three speeches made on Software Freedom Day 2005 by

Other related URLs :

 

TTCS Podcast #3 : September 17th 2005

TTCS Podcast #3 (MP3 ; 62 minutes ; 8MB)

Our third Podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Nissan, Anil, Richard, Colin, Paul, Dev Anand and Peter) as we discuss the following topics:

  • TSTT honouring its promise to provide rebates to GSM phone customers because of the crash and subsequent congestion (during the week Monday 11th July to Saturday 16th July) of the GSM cellular network.
  • Anil was among three persons rewarded by TSTT for being a long term customer (longest, unbroken service) of their dial-up Internet access service, first offered by TSTT in August 1995
  • Cost of Internet access in Trinidad and Tobago is greater than that in the US. Is this reasonable or not?
  • Ways for visitors to Trinidad and Tobago to access the Internet
  • “Cloning” of TDMA cellular phones. Peter related an examples where one of his phones was “cloned” and used to make several thousand dollars worth of calls. TSTT was very sympathetic about the unfortunate situation, promptly cancelled all charges, upgraded him to their GSM service and even gave him a “free” GSM phone.
  • the delay by the Telecom Authority and the Ministry of Public Admin in granting cellular licenses to Digicel and Laqtel.
  • the pros and cons of CDMA cellular phones
  • Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2005: the TTCS, Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) and FLOS Caribbean teamed up to have a two day event on the 10th and 11th of September 2005. Among the items talked about during the SFD event was the local software development of “Burrokeet“, a “learning content management system”, TTCS OSSWIN CD and the FLOS Caribbean organisation.
  • Nissan doing a UWI Computing Society meeting on 29th September 2005 on open source software for Windows featuring the TTCS OSSWIN CD
  • How to promote Open Source/”Free” Software so that it could gain more market share and acceptance. Several examples of OSS in use by local companies were mentioned.
  • the use of shareware
  • the problems of adware/spyware on PCs and the time/effort/money needed to solve these problems
  • the popularity of Dell computers in Trinidad and Tobago
  • G4 showing G4TechTV Canada’s Call for Help

 

TTCS Podcast #2 : August 3rd 2005

TTCS Podcast #2 : (MP3 ; 37 minutes ; 8.7MB)

Our second podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike, Nissan, Anil, Richard, Colin, Paul, Dev Anand) as we discuss the following topics:

TTCS Podcast #1 : July 16th 2005

TTCS Podcast #1 (MP3 ; 44 minutes ; 10.6MB)

Our first podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Dev Anand, Anil, Colin, Richard J., Paul, Mike T. and Nissan) as we discuss the following topics:

  • The explosion/bombing in Port of Spain on Monday 11th July 2005. Find out where people got the latest news during the incident.
  • The World Wide Web (WWW) proved to be a good source for up-to-date information about Tropical Storm Emily (it became a hurricane while leaving the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago).
  • The crash and subsequent congestion (during the week Monday 11th July to Saturday 16th July) of the GSM cellular network operated by Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT).
  • Phishing: Internet-based scams designed to steal personal information for purposes of identity theft.
  • Local persons stealing the usernames and passwords of TSTT Internet customers to gain “free” Internet access.
  • TSTT customers victimised by an email-based worm/trojan designed to “zombify” Windows-based machines.
  • TSTT does not actively filter dangerous email attachments such as .EXE, .COM, .SCR, .BAT.
  • At 5:07 p.m. (during recording of this podcast) it was discovered that the GSM phones had regained signal strength but still could not be used to make or receive calls calls. However, the older TDMA phones could both make and receive calls.
  • Are people hopelessly dependent on their cell phones?
  • Hands-free kits for cell phones: good or bad for drivers?
  • The equipment used to record this “home-brewed” podcast.
  • Internet sites and software that caught our interest.

URLs mentioned :

Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, MacOS X & Linux (September 13 2016) ; update ASAP or remove if not needed

Adobe Flash Player logo

 

There is a security update for Adobe Flash dated September 13 2016. According to the Adobe security bulletin dated September 13 2016:

“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS.  These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Many conferencing solutions (like Adobe Connect) and Flash games use the Flash plugin. So if you have Adobe Flash installed, UPDATE ASAP!

However, consider uninstalling Flash if you’re not using it. If you were only using Adobe Flash to watch YouTube videos, YouTube now defaults to HTML5 instead of Adobe Flash for playing videos in Google Chrome, IE 11, Apple Safari 8 and Mozilla Firefox. So you can uninstall Adobe Flash if you are using these browsers (and not worry about keeping Adobe Flash up to date).

The latest update bumps the latest version of Flash Player for Windows and Mac OS X to version 23.0.0.162.

To determine what version of the Adobe Flash player you have on your Windows, Macintosh or Linux system, visit
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

To download an offline version of Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux without any adware or bundled third-party offers, visit
http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

(Sadly, Adobe will be removing http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html page mid 2016 which will make it harder to get an ad-free installer. Another incentive to uninstall Flash?)

Linux users, there is a Adobe Flash Player for Linux v23 in beta, see the Adobe blog for more details

Windows users should take note that

  • the Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer v9 and earlier versions of Internet Explorer,
  • the Flash player in web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
  • the Flash player in web browsers in Chromium and Opera.

are separate installs. You should install and update versions of Adobe Flash for ALL three browser variations if you have all three browsers installed.

For Internet Explorer v10 and Internet Explorer v11 (for users for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8), these browsers have Adobe Flash Player built-in and users should update their Internet Explorer browser versions.

For Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, this browser has Adobe Flash Player built in and users should update their Edge browser.

Google Chrome browser users has Adobe Flash Player built-in and users should update the Google Chrome browser to the latest version.
See https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95414 on how to do so.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday September 14 2016 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://cs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday September 14 2016 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 as we eat and chat about various ICT topics!

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to info@ttcsweb.org as space is limited.

Please note that for this meeting, you will be able to purchase food directly from Wendy’s at your own expense. The minimum contribution to TTCS for this meeting is $20.

 

TTCS OSSWIN DVD 1.57, collection of Free & Open Source Software for Windows available for download

TTCS OSSWIN DVD 1.57

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN DVD v1.57, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows (XP/Vista/7/8/10) and available for download.

Our collection features a web based interface for browsing programs organised into several categories:  Desktop Applications, Educational, Games, Graphics, Internet, Server, Sound and Video and Utilities.

Lots of software updates for TTCS OSSWIN DVD 1.57, including LibreOffice 5.2.0, Mozilla Firefox 48.0. See the changelog for more details.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN DVD page at http://www.ttcsweb.org/osswin-dvd/ for more details and to download the DVD as an ISO file for burning onto a DVD or extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device.

12th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) from August 10 to 12 2016 in Belize – how to watch online

(Update September 14 2016 : You can watch videos of the sessions at http://livestream.com/internetsociety/cigf16

 

 

The 12th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be held from August 10-12 2016 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City, Belize.

The CTU’s CIGF event page at http://www.ctu.int/12th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum/ has a provisional agenda and persons will be able to watch and participate online via Livestream at http://livestream.com/internetsociety/cigf16

You can use the LiveStream mobile app to open the links. To view the livestream in your desktop browser but your browser must have the Adobe Flash plugin installed (if you’re using browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Opera) or use browsers with the Adobe Flash plugin built in (such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge).

The time in Belize is 2 hours earlier than Trinidad and Tobago. It is anticipated that the CIGF sessions will therefore start at 10:30am local time.

CTU Agenda

For convenience, here’s the time local to Trinidad and Tobago for the various sessions.

Wednesday

  • 10:30 am  –  The ABCs of Internet Governance: – Internet Lingo Demystified
  • 11:15 am – Internet Domains Explained aka How the Internet Really Works
  • 12:30pm – Security and Privacy Issues in Internet of Things (IoT) Applications
  • 1pm – IPv6: Transition Status, Imperatives and Stakeholder Strategies
  • 3pm – A Fair, Balanced and Nuanced Assessment of Network Neutrality
  • 4pm – Data Protection Overview: Regimes, Best Practices and Caribbean Experiences Discussion
  • 5:30pm – CIRTs 101 and the Need for Regional Collaboration

Thursday

  • 11am – Introduction to the 12th CIGF
  • 12pm – CIGF @ 12: What We’ve Done, Current Initiatives and What’s Next
  • 1pm – Is there an issue with net neutrality in the Caribbean and is any action required by relevant stakeholders on this matter?
  • 3pm – Developing an Internet Exchange Point in Belize to Accelerate the Local Internet Economy
  • 4pm – Are local IXPs having the desired impact in the Caribbean?
  • 5pm – Identified Areas for Update of the Caribbean IG Policy Framework

Friday

  • 11am – ICANN Issues Update: Status , Prognosis and Opportunities for Caribbean Contribution
  • 11:30am – General Discussion of Caribbean Participation in ICANN Communities: GAC, ALAC, gNSO, ccNSO etc.
  • 12:00pm – Regional and Global IGF Activities and Leveraging Interrelationships with Other IG Fora in the Region and Internationally:
    Building Caribbean Influence
  • 1pm to 2pm – Case Studies of National Multi-stakeholder Initiatives
  • 3pm – Developing a Toolkit for Fostering National Multi-stakeholder Fora in the Caribbean
  • 4:30pm – Presentations of Workshop Recommendations
  • 5:30 – Open Microphone and Wrap Up

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 12th CIGF will provide a regional platform to discuss and clarify issues of Internet governance of Caribbean and global prominence (such as Net Neutrality, Cyber-security, Privacy) towards building consensus on appropriate Caribbean approaches. It will also contribute to realising a new thrust, announced at the 10th CIGF in The Bahamas, to enhance Internet governance expertise and capacity at the national level in the Caribbean through the development of local multi-stakeholder structures. This would facilitate national implementation mechanisms for regionally derived/harmonised approaches. The 12th CIGF will also conclude the work of identifying appropriate amendments for incorporation into Issue 3.0 of the Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework as well as formulate action plans for identified projects for regional implementation e.g. re IPv6, DNSSEC.

 

Trinidad & Tobago Government launches TTWiFi Initiative to provide free Internet WiFi to public spaces, starting with #TTWiFi on 12 buses

TT Wifi logo (credit igovTT)

The Ministry of Public Administration and Communications of Trinidad and Tobago have launched “TT WiFi”, an initiative to provide free WiFi Internet access to public spaces, beginning with WiFi Internet service on several Public Transportation Service Corporation (PTSC) buses.

According to the The TT WiFi website at http://ttwifi.gov.tt/:

“TT Wi-Fi is available on twelve (12) buses in Trinidad and one (1) bus in Tobago plying the following routes:

  • Port- of- Spain to Arima and Sangre Grande
  • Port-of-Spain to San Fernando
  • Port-of-Spain to Diego Martin
  • Port-of-Spain to Chaguanas
  • Tobago

These buses operate from 5am-11pm daily.”

The TTWiFi website also has a detailed FAQ page at http://ttwifi.gov.tt/faq-page

 

Latin American & Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) from 27 to 29 July 2016 ; how to watch the LACIGF online

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The ninth edition of the Latin American & Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) meeting will take place in the city of San Jose, Costa Rica, on 27-29 July 2016.

What is LACIGF? LACIGF is the Regional Latin American and Caribbean Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum. The event has been held annually since 2008 and offers a multistakeholder dialogue and meeting space for government, private sector, technical community, academia and civil society actors to share and discuss their views on the regional Internet Governance agenda.

The LACIGF agenda shows the times of the various Internet Governance sessions over the 3 days. Note that the times are local to Costa Rica which is 2 hours earlier than the time in Trinidad and Tobago. Therefore, one must add two hours to the times listed in the LACIGF agenda.

You can watch and participate in the LACIGF by watching the LiveStream in English | Portuguese | Spanish

You can use the LiveStream mobile app to open the links. To view the livestream in your desktop browser but your browser must have the Adobe Flash plugin installed (if you’re using browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Opera) or use browsers with the Adobe Flash plugin built in (such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge).

Here’s a list of the sessions with local times to Trinidad and Tobago:

Wednesday July 27 2016:

  • 11:30am-12:30pm and from 1:00pm – 3pm
    Surveillance and privacy – Concerns regarding cybersecurity and trust in the igital environment
  • 6pm – 8pm
    The status of online Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean: Progress, challenges and trends.

Thursday July 28 2016

  • 11:00am – 12:30pm
    Evolution, progress and challenges of implementing the multistakeholder approach to Internet public policy and Internet governance work at national and regional level.
  • 1pm to 3pm
    Lessons on the development and implementation of strategies for providing access and legal net neutrality initiatives: What are the next steps to ensure an open and interoperable Internet in the region?
  • 4:30pm to 6pm
    Broadening our understanding of Internet intermediary liability: Scope and limits of intermediary liability within the digital ecosystem
  • 6:30pm to 8pm
    The balance between intellectual property and access to knowledge: Scope and impact of interregional trade agreements in the regulatory ecosystem

Friday July 29 2016

  • 11:00am to 12:30pm
    Persistent and emerging challenges faced by Internet access – Connecting the next billion.
  • 1pm to 3pm
    Integrating Internet Governance with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: What are the region’s digital inclusion priorities?
  • 4:30pm to 5:30pm
    Multistakeholder perception of the Digital Economy
  • 6pm to 7:30pm
    Session 10: The future of LACIGF Governance

Trinidad & Tobago Telecom Operators Digicel, TSTT sign CANTO’s “Code of Practice on Safeguarding the Open Internet”

According to a press release from CANTO (Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations) dated July 21, 2016, two telecommunications operators in Trinidad and Tobago, Digicel and TSTT have signed CANTO’s Code of Practice on Safeguarding the Open Internet on Wednesday July 20 2016.

This Code of Practice was announced by CANTO in March 2016. It is a voluntary code whose wider objective “is to provide a framework for operators across the Caribbean Region to collectively address the issue of Net Neutrality”. This doesn’t mean that CANTO supports Net Neutrality as commonly defined in the United States. The text of the Code of Practice says this:

“CANTO and its members support the concept of the open internet and the general principle that legal content, applications and services, should not be blocked.” To give effect to this position, Signatories to this code commit that:

1. within the terms, bandwidth limits and quality of service of their individual service plan, customers should have access to their choice of legal Internet content, services, and applications;
2. any restrictions on use attached to a particular service plan are effectively communicated to customers;
3. save for objective and transparent reasons traffic management will not selectively target the content or application(s) of specific providers within a class of content, service or application;
4. they will make available a range of service plans that provide customers with viable choices for accessing legal content, applications and services

What this means for customers:

Commitment 1) means that when customers enter a contract for the supply of services then the Operators will not put additional restrictions that aren’t in the contract on how the contracted services are used.

Commitment 2) means that customers will understand what they are contracting for.

Commitment 3) means that Operators will not single out specific on-line applications that are otherwise permitted with a service plan unless there are valid reasons to do so.  This supports fair competition.

Commitment 4) means that Operators will have a sufficiently wide portfolio of service plans with different features that customers will be able to find one that meets their individual needs at a price that reflects the value of the service.

Julian Wilkins, Chairman of the CANTO Board appeared on the Time to Face the Facts Show on June 26 2016 to talk about Internet services in the Caribbean and outlined several reasons why he and other operators in CANTO are concerned about having net neutrality enshrined in telecommunications regulations in the Caribbean (stuff for another article 🙂 ) . There are some selected clips on the Time to Face the Facts Show’s Facebook page and on CANTO’s website but the whole episode can be viewed on Vimeo: