About the TTCS


The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt/ ; http://cs.tt/) is a computer user group formed in 1997. We:

  • are a forum where computers, related technologies and related social issues are discussed;
  • keep current with the events in the local Information Technology and telecommunications industries ;
  • “Network local computer users” so that they can share knowledge and improve upon their experiences with modern technology.
  • hold membership in several international organisations and advise on technology issues in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.

We have regular meetings, mailing lists, and our website and presence on Facebook , Twitter and Google+.

We also maintain a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows called the TTCS OSSWIN.

We welcome anyone interested in computing and the Internet, regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use, to participate in our activities.

To keep up to date about TTCS activities, please join our announcement mailing list

Invitation to the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF) on January 26 2017

The first Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF) will be held on January 26th, 2017, from 9AM to 1 PM at the Marriott Courtyard in Port of Spain.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multistakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance issues, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability, access and development.

This Trinidad and Tobago IGF will include a panel discussion on the theme
The Role of the Internet and the Digital Economy in the Sustainable Development of Trinidad and Tobago”.

The panelists are all experts in the field, and we anticipate a high quality of discussion and debate.

The TTIGF is being hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG) in partnership with:

The TTIGF agenda can be found online here

Please follow the “Register Now” link to complete your registration, or register at http://igf.tt/register/ . Space is limited, therefore we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please email ttigftt@gmail.com


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Uber to begin operation in Trinidad on Monday January 16 2017

screenshot of Uber’s website showing its availability in Port of Spain (and environs), Trinidad
screenshot of Uber’s website showing its availability in San Fernando (and environs), Trinidad

According to CNC3 TV’s Business Watch which aired Friday January 13 2017, Uber the transport company will be launching in Trinidad on Monday January 16 2017. See http://www.cnc3.co.tt/business-watch/business-watch-uber-monday

Uber’s website notes that Uber will be available in the Port of Spain areas and San Fernando areas (which do seem to cover all of Trinidad, judging from Uber’s website) . However, whilst you can get fare estimates from Uber’s website, (Update Jan 15 2017 – now you can!)  its not yet available for Trinidad.

Trinidad and Tobago launches new barcoded driving permits to be part of a centralized digital system

The Ministry of Works and Transport of Trinidad and Tobago (MOWT) has launched Trinidad and Tobago’s New Driver Permits System at a press conference on Friday January 13 2017.

According to Senator the Honourable Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport in his feature address:

“The new driving permit being launched is embedded with barcode technology that significantly reduces the risk of duplication. In the very near future, meaning in a few months-time, legislation will be brought to the Parliament which will allow authorized officers to scan permits on the scene and obtain all relevant information about the holder of the particular driver’s permit”

Other interesting details about the new driving permit system via the MOWT’s press release :

The New Driving Permit System will be part of a centralized digital system that will allow authorized persons at the Licensing Office to access and provide data in legitimate circumstances, so that the holder of a driver’s permit no longer has to go to a specific office to get pertinent information about his/her licence. The electronic storage of information will benefit citizens as it is cost effective, reliable and easily available.

The scanning of the barcode on the new driving permit, allows authorized officers to obtain relevant information such as whether the holder has any recorded and/or outstanding infractions of the law thereby establishing an independent and reliable tracking system for those who have had any interaction with the legal system.

The New Driver’s Permit System will be implemented in Tobago on Monday January 16 2017 with production of certificates on the same day of the request.

CNC3 aired a segment about the launch of the new driver licenses on its Friday January 13 2017 newscast.

 

Dr John Prince back as CEO of Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

According to a notice by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) in the Trinidad and Tobago Gazette No 143, dated December 15 2016, Dr. John Prince is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of TATT from December 7 2016 for a term of two years.

Dr John Prince served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of TATT from July 1 2004 until he was sent on leave by the TATT board on May 31 2006 and his contract terminated on June 30 2006. He filed a writ in the Port of Spain High Court for breach of contract and the High Court ordered Dr John Prince’s reinstatement as TATT CEO in its decision on October 25 2006. TATT appealed the decision but Dr John Prince and TATT came to a consent order in December 2016 whereby Dr John Prince would be paid for the remainder of his contract on leave.

According to the Trinidad Guardian article dated January 5, 2017 , one of Dr John Prince’s priorities for TATT is a spectrum plan for 4G LTE services that can accommodate three providers.