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Nominated by: Cintra Sooknanan - Chair Internet Society - Trinidad and Tobago Chapter
Full name: Keisha Taylor
Nationality: Trinidad & Tobago & UK
Country of residence: United Kingdom
Organisation: TechSoup Global
Stakeholder group: Civil Society
Background and/or experience in IG:
My work is to support the use of technology and data for development, data communications, digital inclusion, data privacy and protection, and ensure inclusive internet governance and ICT policy. In the recent past I successfully completed the DiploFoundation’s 2010/2011 Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme where data privacy and protection held my focus and I wrote about “Intergovernmental organisations’ (IGOs) sharing and linking open and real time data for inclusive governance; development effectiveness and protection of privacy and security”. I have an MA in International Relations from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and a BSc. in Sociology from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. I was also a Policy Fellow for Access where I analysed the importance of net neutrality for emerging and developing countries and was an Internet Society Fellow to the 2012 OECD Technology Foresight Forum "Harnessing data as a new source of growth: Big data analytics and policies"
I believe that technology and data can help the Caribbean and developing countries to not only diversity but strengthen our economy and also address sustainable development challenges. More emphasis needs to placed on developing and using such resources in the region and a better and more integrated understanding of internet governance and ICT policy can help to support this.
Since attending the 2010 Internet Governance Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania as a DiploFoundation Fellow; I have participated in and organized workshops at following IGFs in Nairobi, Baku and this year in Bali, Indonesia. In Bali I was invited to speak at the closing ceremony on behalf of Civil Society and I raised several key points of interest including the needs and developmental issues of Small Island Developing States.
Motivation and goals (50 words):
These IGFs have been a forum for me to share and explore the use of big data and open data in the development sphere in particular within internet governance frameworks. Through my professional work, IGF and other internet governance contributions, I have also been able to support and promote digital inclusion and the issues of Small Island Developing States and will continue to raise the awareness of the peculiar and pertinent needs of this distinctive group if I am a part of MAG