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

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

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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:

Guyana passes Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2016 with net neutrality clauses

From Guyana’s Department of Public Information

Guyana’s National Assembly passed the Telecommunications Bill (Amendment) 2016 and the Public Utilities Commissions Bill 2016 on July 18 2016.

According to the EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM of the Telecommunications Bill (Amendment) 2016

“The Telecommunications Bill 2016 provides for an open, libersalised and competitive telecommunications sector that will be attractive to new market entrants and investors, while preserving the activities of the current sector participants. By creating a competitive environment for telecommunications, the Bill is expected to result in greater choice, better quality of service and lower prices for consumers. To further national and regional social and economic development, the Bill also specifically addresses the expansion of telecommunications networks and services into unserved and underserved areas through the institution of a new universal access/universal services programme.

The Bill, along with a consolidated Public Utilities Commission Bill 2016 also introduced today and regulations expected to be promulgated upon commencement of the new legislation, creates a clear, harmonized framework and a level playing field for the sector that is lacking in the current laws and is similar to that found in other countries in the world, including most Caribbean countries. The new legal framework is characterized by transparency and non- discrimination in the issuance and monitoring of licences and authorisations to use the spectrum, seamless interconnection and access between and among telecommunications networks and services,  and price regulation where required to ensure competition and protect consumers.

According to the text of the Bill posted to the Guyana’s Official Gazette dated 24 May 2016, the Bill includes a definition of net neutrality on Page 10 as follows:

Net Neutrality means the operation of public telecommunications networks and the provision of public telecommunications services in a manner that ENABLES access TO ALL content AND applications, REGARDLESS of the source, on a non-discriminatory and open basis and without favouring or blocking any particular product, application, destination or website.

Net Neutrality is referenced in Clause 73 of the Bill titled “Penalty for modification of telecommunications or violation of principle of net neutrality” which states

73. An operator or service provider, or any personnel thereof, who, otherwise than in the authorised course of the performance of the operator’s or service provider’s obligations under this Act, willfully modifies or interferes with the content of a message sent by any user of such operator’s telecommunications network or such service providers’ telecommunications service, or violates the principle of net neutrality, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than five hundred thousand dollars nor more than two million dollars and to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months.”

However, I do note clause 84 titled “Services provided from outside Guyana” which states

“84. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the Minister may take any action he deems appropriate with regard to telecommunications networks, telecommunications services, or use of the spectrum or radiocommunication equipment operated or provided by persons not located in Guyana, to the extent that such networks, services or use of the spectrum or radiocommunication equipment –

(a) compete unfairly or otherwise jeopardise the operation of telecommunications networks, the provision of telecommunications services or the use of the spectrum or radiocommunication equipment in Guyana or between Guyana and any other location; or

(b) are being operated or provided in a manner that: is contrary to the public interest, national security or public order.

Also in the bill is a clause 71 titled “Penalty for false or dangerous telecommunications” :

“71. (l) A person who, by means of a telecommunications network or a telecommunications service, willfully circulates or otherwise transmits any telecommunication that is false, deceptive or misleading, or that materially endangers the physical safety of any other person, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars nor more than two million dollars and to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months.

(2) For purposes of subsection (1), the word “person” shall not include the owner or personnel of the telecommunications network or the telecommunications service that is used to circulate or otherwise transmit a false, deceptive or misleading telecommunication or to materially endanger the physical safety of another person, unless such owner or personnel is himself or themselves the originator of such telecommunication.”

According to the Guyana Chronicle newspaper article dated July 17 2016, the origins of the Bill was in 2011:

“….The Telecommunications Bill, which was read for the first time on May 24 of this year, was first introduced in 2011 and revised in 2013. It was with a Special Select Committee in the 10th Parliament and was near conclusion when Parliament was prorogued in 2014 by then president Donald Ramotar.
After the APNU+AFC assumed executive office last year, the bill underwent a new set of consultations with GT&T, Digicel and other stakeholders including the Private Sector Commission (PSC), the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the University of Guyana (UG) and several non-governmental organisations.
It was subsequently submitted to Cabinet. Two overseas consultants, Janice Brendman and Geeta Raghubir were also appointed by the Government to assist in completing the bill.”

 

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday July 20 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 July 20 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 including:

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.

Mobile Number Portability in Trinidad and Tobago delayed

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The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has noted in a press release dated July 1 2016 that Mobile Number Portability (the ability to change mobile service providers without changing your phone number) has not launched in Trinidad and Tobago on July 1 2016 as was previously announced by TATT on April 1 2016

According to TATT’s press release on July 1, 2016 :

Mobile service providers have not completed their inter-operator and
other testing in keeping with their revised implementation date notified to the Authority of July 1st 2016….

…We have been advised by the two mobile operators that number
portability testing is expected to continue well into July with potential
completion in early August. Once testing is completed successfully a
“go live” date can be established.

There have been several delays in implementing Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Trinidad and Tobago.

On August 28, 2014, TATT announced MNP would launch by February 26 2015

On November 19 2015, TATT announced a launch date of March 31 2016 for MNP

TATT signed a contract with porting provider Porting XS on Tuesday February 16 2016 with the intent to make Mobile Number Portability a reality on March 31 2016.

On March 31 2016, TATT announced that MNP will be launched by July 1 2016.

There was no mention on whether fixed number portability scheduled for September 2016 would be delayed.

Related documents:

 

 

Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, MacOS X & Linux (July 12 2016) ; update ASAP or remove if not needed

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Adobe Flash has a security update. According to the Adobe security bulletin dated July 12 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 22.0.0.209.

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?)

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.

Broadband Caribbean Forum 2016 to be held in Trinidad & Tobago from July 14-15 2016

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The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), with the support of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), will hold the Broadband Caribbean Forum on 14 – 15 July 2016 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

This two-day conference will address key topics such as

  • Creating a digital Caribbean
  • Devising and implementing National Broadband plans
  • Digital inclusion initiatives and innovations
  • The value of Caribbean data
  • Overcoming regulatory challenges in the Single ICT space
  • Global satellite broadband developments
  • Digital entertainment and Pay-TV opportunities
  • Improving broadband penetration and infrastructure development

You can view the Caribbean Forum 2016 Agenda (PDF ; 1.4MB) and more information about the Broadband Caribbean Forum event (including how to register) can be found on the Caribbean Forum Event Page.