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Caribbean Internet Governance Events in Focus Next Week

In Part I A Banner Year for Caribbean Internet Governance? Yep! I took time to provide an overview of Internet Governance (IG) and the IG activities occurring within the Caribbean region during the course of this year. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (Tunis Agenda 2005) defines Internet governance as: “…the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.” Two of the major regional IG activities will be occurring this month in Jamaica in just over a week. ARIN, a Regional Internet Registry will hold ARIN 37 its public policy and members meeting April 17th to 20th. CaribNOG, a rich Caribbean community of technology professionals and ICT stakeholders will hold CaribNOG11, the first of two regional gatherings for 2016 from April 20th to 22nd. For Caribbean Internet Governance, both organisations make significant contributions: ARIN: “ARIN’s goal throughout the ever-evolving global Internet governance policy debate is to ensure that: The technical implications of proposed policy are clearly understood Dialogue from multi-stakeholder collaborations are heard Decisions are made with a clear understanding of the community’s interests ARIN meetings provide an opportunity for the entire Internet community to engage in policy discussions. The Policy Development Process encourages community participation, including allowing anyone to submit proposals for changes to number resource policy. The PDP is designed to bring forth clear, technically sound and useful policies for ARIN to use in the management and administration of Internet