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The CTU’s 10th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar

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For Immediate Release. 23 May 2012

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be hosting its 10th Ministerial Strategic Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Seminar from the 28th to 29th May, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

The CTU’s Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminars have…

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Added by Michele Marius on May 23, 2012 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Cyber threats and security in the Caribbean

Over the last few weeks, I have been exploring on my blog, ICT Pulse, cybercrime and security across the Caribbean. The springboard for the discussion were reports that a major telecoms provider in the region had a Dedicated Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which affected network performance. Moreover, tech experts have claimed that we the Caribbean might not appreciate the extent to which we are subject to cyber threats.

As a staring point the discussion, I have engaged in a series of…

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Added by Michele Marius on April 6, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

What could be the impact of SOPA on the Caribbean?

The draft Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is currently being debated by the US legislature, but it has been severely criticised by tech experts and the industry at large. It aims to protect US Intellectual Property, and has been designed with considerable reach that could affect us the Caribbean.

Yesterday, the Judicial House Committee, one of the standing committees of the US House of Representatives held a hearing on the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a…

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Added by Michele Marius on December 16, 2011 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

The value of a Computer Emergency Response Team

Although many organisations have established computer security protocols to deal with possible cyber threats and breaches, they could still benefit considerably from the support provided by to a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). This post discusses what a CERT is, and some of the benefits of having that resource, especially in the Caribbean.



In today’s society, the value of information is growing at exponential rates. As a result, organisations and even…

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Added by Michele Marius on December 8, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Is English becoming endangered online?

This post examines multilingualism on the Internet, some of the anticipated benefits and concerns, as well as the impact of this paradigm on English, which traditionally has been the language of the Internet.



Did you know that: -

  • Approximately 80% of the world’s population does not speak English?
  • In 2000, over 70% of all web pages were in English, but current estimates are that about 50% of all web pages are in English?
  • One…
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Added by Michele Marius on December 5, 2011 at 1:59am — 3 Comments

Moving towards open data - #212 #IGF11

This post is in reply to Deirdre’s post, "Facebook and Richard Stallman".



I do agree with Stallman's view and share Deirdre’s concern re FaceBook. I think the problem is bigger than just FaceBook, and has more to do with the tensions that now exist between technology (the Internet) and in the business world. Earlier during the workshop, the point was made that vast amounts of information is being collected online on people – their personal details, purchases, buying habits, location,… Continue

Added by Michele Marius on September 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Increasing our participation in the global conversation (#67)

This post examines the e-Participation Principles workshop, which is one of many scheduled during the Internet Governance Forum that is being held in Kenya from 27 to 30 September. Originally posted on ICT Pulse.



In our daily and professional lives, we have all used communications technology – including telephone, email, SMS, online messaging services, VoIP services – in order to…

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Added by Michele Marius on September 28, 2011 at 3:47pm — No Comments

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