Despite its relatively small size the Caribbean’s appetite for internet content is significant and growing. Yet the the number of persons capable of managing the region’s networks are few.
That’s the view coming out of last week’s Caribbean Network Operator’s Group – CaribNOG – conference held in St. Maarten.
“There has to be a deeper pool of human resources in the Caribbean with
technical expertise,” says Bevil Wooding, co-founder of the Caribbean Network
Operators Group (CaribNOG). Wooding continued, “More people with less technical knowledge are using Internet-based technology trusting that it will be safe. And so, a group of people have to ensure that, that trust is well founded.”
Speaking at the opening of CaribNOG’s twelfth regional meeting, held at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Wooding said.
“We have to secure the region’s networks and look out for threats in different ways now that we are at this stage of the Internet’s development. And that’s why a group like CaribNOG is so important at this time. We become the guardians of the Caribbean’s Internet development.”
Call For Clear Policy To Guide The Renewable Energy Sector in Barbados
The Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) has made a call for a “clear policy” to be put in place to guide the renewable energy sector and to serve as a roadmap for sustainable energy in Barbados.
The call came from President of BREA, Aidan Rogers, as he, along with Executive Director Clyde Griffith, held a press conference at the association’s offices at the Central Bank of Barbados, to provide an update on the organisation’s upcoming regional energy conference. The conference is scheduled for November 10 and 11 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, under the theme “Sustainable Caribbean Energy Independence: Making It Happen”.
“Quite frankly, what we would really like to see is a policy actually in place. What we have had really, is what you can best describe as a staccato or ad hoc approach, where we have answered certain technical questions. We’ve [also] done some regulator experimentation by the FTC (Fair Trading Commission), the utility company would have done a technical study to see how much their grid can accommodate in terms of wind and solar, these are intermittent technologies and through that ad hoc approach, we have made significant strides, we cannot discount that. But to go to the next level, particularly in keeping with the new figures that the Prime Minister would have announced a month ago, that we are looking at 65 per cent renewable penetration by 2030, that penetration level can only be founded by a clear policy,” Rogers remarked.
ICANN Backs Caribbean Technology Development
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is joining forces with the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) to build the capacity of the region’s technical community.
ICANN coordinates the Internet’s system of unique addresses. The global non-profit organisation is dedicated to ensuring an open, stable and secure Internet.
“When we started working to develop capacity in the region, we soon realised that CaribNOG had the same goals, and so we quickly decided that by working together, we could accomplish more,” said Albert Daniels, Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement for the Caribbean at ICANN.
Collaboration goes beyond ICANN and CaribNOG, and includes several other major players in the global Internet landscape, such as the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) and the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN). LACNIC and ARIN are the two regional Internet registries that share responsibility for the Caribbean sub-region.
“We are pleased to be working together with Carlos Martinez, Chief Technology Officer of LACNIC, and Mark Kosters, Chief Technology Officer of ARIN, to deliver training on critical issues such as domain name system security,” Daniels said.
Daniels presented on technical issues such as cyber security, and policy issues such as the IANA stewardship transition. The slate of international experts conducted hands-on sessions covering a broad range of topics, including Internet exchange points.