About the TTCS


The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt/ ; http://ttcs.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

Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) August 21 to 23 2017 ; participate at local #CIGF2017 hub in Trinidad & Tobago or online

The 13th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is starting today in the British Virgin Islands from Monday August 21 2017 to –  Wednesday August 23 2017 from 8am to 5pm.

Read the updated #CIGF2017 agenda at http://www.ctu.int/wp-content/uploads/2017/Events/August/13th_CIGF/13th-CIGF-Provisional-Agenda-2017-08-20.pdf  (times listed are the same in Trinidad and Tobago).

Some of the topics discussed at #CIGF2017 include

  • net neutrality / Over the Top Services (OTT),
  • community networks
  • cybersecurity,
  • updates from various national Internet Governance Forums (IGF) held in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • updates from IGF and LACIGF
  • advancing Internet Governance (IG) in the Caribbean
  • IPv6

So, how to participate? You can participate in #CIGF2017 :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday August 9 2017 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday August 9 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Key focus will be on the Trinidad and Tobago’s Draft National ICT Plan 2017 – 2021 (fastforward II) posted for comment. The TTCS is considering submitting comments on this plan.

Other topics

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to info@ttcsweb.org as space is limited.

Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) from August 21-23 2017 with local CIGF hub in Trinidad and Tobago

The 13th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be held from August 21 – 23 2017 at the Government’s Training Division, Betteto Frett Building, Wickham’s Cay 1 in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

You can read the overview and agenda of the 13th CIGF and register for the event online at http://www.ctu.int/events/13th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum/

The times in the British Virgin Islands is the same in Trinidad and Tobago so no need to recalculate the times on the CIGF agenda.

While persons will be able to watch and participate online, the Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (ISOC-TT) will be having a local hub on the same days at the University of the West Indies (UWI). See the ISOC-TT’s Facebook event page for details to register to attend.

CIGF Background

The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the CTU and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance. The forum has since met annually and the primary products of its work have been the formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework (currently at v2), the proliferation of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and capacity building in Internet Governance Principles across the Caribbean.

The 13th CIGF will assess the status and effectiveness of the new thrust, being pursued since 2014, to enhance Internet governance expertise and capacity at the national level in the Caribbean. The new thrust will accelerate the development of national multi-stakeholder structures to facilitate in-country implementation of regionally derived/harmonised activities. The 13th CIGF will also provide a regional platform to highlight and address current IG issues of Caribbean and global prominence, towards building consensus on appropriate Caribbean methodologies and formulating action plans for advancing Caribbean interests.

 

Trinidad and Tobago’s Draft National ICT Plan 2017 – 2021 (fastforward II) posted for comment

The Ministry of Public Administration and Communications Trinidad and Tobago has drafted the National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategic Plan 2017-2021, which has been dubbed fastforward II

You can view/download the 73 page document from MPAC’s website or direct download the Draft NICT Plan 2017-2021 (PDF ; 2MB) from TTCS’s website.

The TTCS is building a Google document similar as was done for the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society comments on the Trinidad and Tobago Cybercrime Bill.

One can submit comments on the draft National ICT plan 2017-2021 via an online form on MPAC’s website.

From the executive summary of Fastforward II :

“fastforward II is Trinidad and Tobago’s five-year National Information Communications Technology (NICT) Plan for 2017 to 2021. The result of co-creation, fastforward II is driven by the needs and priorities of the Government, business, and the people of Trinidad and Tobago—as well as the country’s regional and international obligations. The Plan outlines the NICT Agenda, it builds on our past performance in ICT, and it declares a bold vision to see: empowered people, competitive businesses, and transformational government, through ICT…..

…….The Vision of fastforward II is ultimately to support the National Development Strategy 2016–2030, Vision 2030, which outlines the country’s aspiration to attain “first world nation status” by 2030. Whilst supporting Vision 2030, fastforward II is also expected to meet the country’s anticipated social and economic needs. Converging these needs with the potential of ICT, five Strategic Thrusts are proposed to realise the National ICT Vision. They are:

  1. Improving Connectivity
  2. Increasing Human Capacity
  3. Enhancing Public Service Delivery
  4. Fostering Economic Development
  5. Advancing Environmental and Societal Benefit”

 

Latin American & Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) from 2 to 4 August 2017 ; how to watch #LACIGF10 online

(updated August 3 2017 : to include YouTube links for today’s LACIGF sessions)

The tenth edition of the Latin American & Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) meeting is taking place in Panama City, Panama, on 2-4 August 2017.

What is LACIGF? LACIGF is the Regional Latin American and Caribbean Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum. The event has been held annually since 2008 and provides a space for multisectoral dialogue where government, private sector, technical community, academia and civil society organization representatives present and discuss their points of view on the Internet Governance agenda for the region.

The LACIGF agenda shows the times of the various Internet Governance sessions over the 3 days. Note that the times are local to Panama which is 1 hour earlier than the time in Trinidad and Tobago. Therefore, one must add one hour to the times listed in the LACIGF agenda.

At least two sessions will feature panelists from the Caribbean

  • Thursday August 3 2017 at 12noon  – 2pm (local time in Trinidad & Tobago)
    Integrating the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs) and Internet Governance
  • Friday, August 4th 2017 at 10am – 11:30am (local time in Trinidad and Tobago)
    Local spaces for Internet Governance dialogue. Progress in the various discussions

The sessions at LACIGF 10 are streamed on YouTube via the LACNIC’s YouTube channel :