Articles

Here are several miscellaneous computer related articles, opinions and essays by fellow TTCS members. If you wish to contribute an article, email us at info@cs.tt.

Note : Any opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily that of the TTCS.


 

Trinidad and Tobago Tech Groups and Email lists

ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago

Computer Suppliers in Trinidad and Tobago

All Purpose Windows troubleshooting and upgrading USB or DVD drive

History of Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) in Trinidad and Tobago

Rules for the TTCS discussion list

Trinidad and Tobago Wi-Fi hotspots

History of the Society of Computer Users (SCU) from 1990 to 1996

Interview with the TTNIC administrator

Windows XP Service Pack 2

Year 2000

 

 

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society comments on the Trinidad and Tobago Cybercrime Bill

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) has sent their comments on the Trinidad and Tobago Cybercrime Bill (PDF ; 242K) to the Joint Select Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament on Friday June 16 2017.

View/Read the TTCS comments on the Cybercrime Bill (PDF ; 242K)

Some of the general areas of concern regarding the Cybercrime Bill noted in our comments:

  1. Suppression of free speech and the work of journalists
    It is important to note that many of the clauses in this Bill can be applied to  journalists carrying out their duties, and/or the free speech of private citizens, as well as to persons who are attempting, in the public interest, to report misconduct (aka whistleblowers). In the interest of support of the Fourth Estate as well as the principles of Free Speech enshrined in our Constitution, this Bill requires urgent complementary whistleblower/journalist protection via legislation.
  2. Excessive Penalties
    A number of sections outline penalties of $100,000 to $3,000,000. These are non-trivial amounts that far exceed the penalties in other areas that many would view as more serious – for example drunk driving. We wonder if the concept of proportionality could be incorporated in this act. The quantum of penalties will have chilling effect on the legitimate use of computers and networks, for example, students learning about computer security and security professionals investigating vulnerabilities on behalf of their clients.
  3. Collateral Damage
    The general trend in technology has been to move towards using shared server resources in the cloud. This opens up the possibility that data and equipment in use by accused persons may be simultaneously used by other persons unrelated to the accused and may thus be unduly affected by the shutdown and/or seizure of such equipment and data. Care must be taken to protect those who are not party to the criminal activities of other persons.
  4. Potential for Censorship and Abuse
    In the interest of protecting the rights of citizens, we believe that all requests for access systems and data should be approved by the Judiciary via the application for, and receipt of, a warrant. This judicial warrant would ensure that any potential for abuse by the State, or its agents, would be mitigated.
  5. Self Incrimination
    Several sections of this Bill seem to run afoul of the Constitution’s directive that persons are protected from self incrimination, for example, the requirement that persons unlock their phones or decrypt their data in furtherance of an investigation. This is a dangerous issue and should be reconsidered.
  6. Training
    It is highly likely that the Courts and Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will be called on to deal many cases under this legislation. As such, it is critical that officers of both agencies receive training in some of technical issues surrounding cyber crime. In this regard the TTCS would welcome the opportunity to assist in providing this training and any specialized advice when required.

The comments were put together by the TTCS based on

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TTCS near final draft comments on the Trinidad and Tobago Cybercrime Bill 2017

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) has posted a near final draft version of its comments on the Cybercrime Bill 2017 based on the discussions from the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday June 7 2017, comments from subscribers on the TTCS announcement mailing list and a followup TTCS F2F meeting on Tuesday June 13 2017, online comments received following the posting of the TTCS draft comments on the Trinidad and Tobago Cybercrime Bill 2017 on Tuesday June 13 and a online TTCS conference call on Thursday June 15 2017.

With the deadline of Friday June 16 for submission of comments to the Joint Select Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament , you can view and comment on the Google document of the TTCS near final draft comments on the Cybercrime Bill 2017 – you do not need a Google account to comment on the document.

View/Comment TTCS near final draft comments on Cybercrime Bill 2017

TTCS draft comments on the Trinidad and Tobago Cybercrime Bill 2017

screenshot showing part of the TTCS draft comments on Cybercrime Bill

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) has posted a first draft of its comments based on the discussions from the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday June 7 2017, comments from subscribers on the TTCS announcement mailing list and a followup TTCS meeting on Tuesday June 13 2017.

With the deadline of Friday June 16 for submission of comments to the Joint Select Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament , you can view and comment on the Google document of the TTCS draft comments on the Cybercrime Bill 2017 – anyone can comment on the document directly – you do not need a Google account.

Comments are welcomed.

View/Comment TTCS draft comments on Cybercrime Bill 2017

 

 

Cybercrime Bill 2017

The Cybercrime Bill 2017 was introduced in the House of Representatives by the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago Honourable Faris Al-Rawi on May 6 2017.

The purpose of the Cybercrime Bill, 2017 is to provide for the creation of offences related to cybercrime and for other related matters in Trinidad and Tobago and if passed would repeal the Computer Misuse Act 2000

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Password Tips for Kids (and Adults)

Kids are online all the time and many of the sites they use require accounts with passwords. For  2017, here are some tips for kids to help them keep their passwords safe. These apply to adults as well!

Don’t use anything that others can guess about you like your name or your birthday. The best passwords are ones that are hard to figure out.

Mix it up. Good passwords use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. You can even substitute symbols for letters like using $ instead of an S.

Use a different password for each site. This way, if someone guesses your password on one site, they won’t have access to information on all of the sites you use.

Don’t let anyone know your password (except your parents). Your parents are the only ones who should know your passwords. Don’t tell anyone else, even your friends.

Always log out. When you are using a computer or other device that your share with others, you should always log out after you are done.

Don’t write your password down and leave it in a place where others can see it. A password should be easy to remember but hard to guess. If you have to write your password down, make sure to keep it in a safe place where only you can get it.