Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is seeking input in order to develop a position paper on ICT for Persons with Disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In particular the paper is seeking to explore the relative successes in accessing the resource of the various Universal Service Funds in the region to support programmes to improve access to this vulnerable group.
More generally, ECLAC is interested in learning of any experiences with the implementation of projects focused on the use of ICT to support persons with disabilities, or on efforts to enable broader access to ICT for persons with disabilities.
Persons wishing to contribute should see the show notes for contact details for ECLAC.
The Caribbean Must Be Involved In ICANN
On October 1st the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority or IANA transferred it’s stewardship of the Internet to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and we spoke with Albert Daniels Senior Manager; Stakeholder Engagement with responsibility for the Caribbean at ICANN.
Mr. Daniels, is firmly of the opinion that if the region is to secure it’s economic development, then the Caribbean must be fully engaged in all matters related to internet governance.
Mr. Daniels explained that despite there being no costs for Governments to participate in the Government Advisory Committee or GAC, there were several Caribbean countries who were yet to “take up their seat” at the committee.
Daniels gave an example of how the region’s lack of participation has resulted in a missed opportunity with as yet un-quantified consequences. He spoke to the sale of new Top Level Domains, (TLDs) such as .BANK and .HOTEL