Trinidad and Tobago is the Most Active Caribbean Country in International Internet Debate

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Trinidad and Tobago is the Most Active Caribbean Country in International Internet Debate

Raul Echeberria, the VP of Global Engagement at the Internet Society (ISOC) has praised Trinidad and Tobago (TT). He described the country as being “very active” in high profile international debates on matters touching on global internet governance.

These were some of the remarks Echeberria had to say about TT while speaking with the Trinidad Guardian. At an event for ISOC’s opening of the INET TT Forum on October 8th and 9th held at the Telecommunications Authority (TATT) offices.

ISOC has a long history of working in the Caribbean, and the Trinidad and Tobago community is vibrant in the international community. There are people here who are very active in international organizations that work to promote the open development and evolution of the internet for the benefit of everyone around the world,” said, Echeberria.

The event was attended by high-level representative from internet stakeholder organizations. Such as Packet Clearing House (PCH), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) based at the Port of Spain and the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC).

The INET TT is ISOC’s first INET forum to be held in the Caribbean; an event that was attended by high-level representatives from the both local and regional representatives in the technical fraternity.

Echeberria also warned that political interference in TT and other countries could threaten the fundamental principles of freedom of information and expression.

There are some challenges from the political side. There are some governments that think they should have more control of the internet, even motivate by very understandable objectives like to fight cybercrime. But we continue pushing for an internet that is free for everybody so that access to information is not restricted, and freedom of expression is not repressed.

We think that the internet should be a tool for improving the way that people exercise human rights,” said, Echeberria.

The two-day event attracted about 50 high profile stakeholders hailing from not just the technical fraternity, but also government officials, non-governmental organizations, academic researchers and private companies.

Related: China alleged cyber Espionage in Caribbean, TT confirms spyware in School IT programs and TT government denies the existence of spyware.

The forum was used to discuss exhaustively on matters touching on internet governance, privacy concerns, online identity, deployment of new Internet Protocol (IPv6) and mobile broadband connectivity.

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