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’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 number resources. “
“CaribNOG is dedicated to exchanging technical information and experiences and its objectives are:
To aggregate the region’s network professionals in a functional technical community
To harness the knowledge and experiences of the community as a rich resource
To provide a robust platform of expertise necessary in building knowledge based economies in the Caribbean region.
To foster technical research in areas of networking and internet technologies that produces a dense culture of mastery of the subject matter
To leverage the technical community in the solving of technical problems arising within the critical internet infrastructure implemented in the Caribbean region.
CaribNOG collaborates with the regional and international organisations like ARIN, and other stakeholders to facilitate capacity building and professional networking activities. CaribNOG membership is open, and meetings usually include IT practitioners, engineering staff from ISPs, mobile providers, students and regulators.”
Both meetings will be held at the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I encourage every stakeholder to participate in both meetings. For those unable to attend in person remote participation will be available for each meeting.
More information is available on www.arin.net and www.caribnog.org