Posted by Ingrid Riley on March 25th, 2015
OPEN DATA – How does the relationship between citizens and their government change in the age of the internet and online social networks? This is one of the questions that drive our search for knowledge and experiences to share at YoGobierno. One notion (among many others) that establishes a pathway for this change is open government data.
Government data is data and information produced or commissioned by government or government controlled entities.Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share alike.
Globally, there is a growing community of people who are avid advocates of open data, and open government data specifically. The argument is that by allowing anyone to use government data, more transparency and democratic control can be achieved. People from the government, civil society or private sector would be able to use it to create new and improved products and services, government would be more efficient and citizens more involved.
For this to be achieved, the concepts, requirements, uses and potential impact of open data need to be communicated to citizens and their governments, which is why the open data community is constantly sharing actionable knowledge to implement open data practices around the world. Most recently, for example, on February 21, a global Open Data Day was celebrated in over 220 places. People gathered in conferences, workshops, and meetings of all sizes – organized by civil society, governments, or both – to learn what open data is, what can be achieved with it and how, and to discuss the challenges and roadmaps to follow this year. More
Posted by Ingrid Riley on March 10th, 2015
This keynote presentation made by our Editor Ingrid Riley at the inaugural Black Tech Week in Miami, February 23-28th, 2015 is all about the story of Jamaican Tech Entrepreneurship. While you had to be there to get the full effect of this story, we thought it would be good to publish it as a reference point for many.
Posted by Ingrid Riley on February 17th, 2015
Pitch&Choose went live with its regional crowdfunding platform. This online fundraising innovation promises to address the challenges of attracting charitable donations using conventional approaches that many non-profits and alumni sssociations in the Caribbean are now experiencing. Pitch&Choose will also host fundraising by individuals who can launch campaigns onwww.pitchandchoose.com to attract funding for their causes and also for social and creative projects and ventures. Crowdfunding, through its reach to a large global community, has the capacity to help overcome the longstanding challenge of insufficient capital available for investment in creative industries and enterprising ventures. More
Posted by Ingrid Riley on January 20th, 2015
TECH NEWS - Cuba’s entry into the modern high-tech era will require improvements to its electrical grid, a buildout and upgrade of its wireless networks and IT workforce training. This will not be easy, and it may not happen swiftly.
Cuba has an educated population craving technology, but it has little income for new tech. The Cuban government wants to trade with the U.S., but is paranoid about the outside world and has limited Internet access to 5% to 10% of the population, at best.
“The government has been very reluctant to have open Internet access,” said Harley Shaiken, chairman of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. But “there is real hunger for technology,” and with the easing of the embargo, the government “will be facing new pressures,” he said. More
Posted by SC Team on November 24th, 2014
On Thursday, Digicel issued a news release in which it agreed with the position taken by the telecommunications regulator in the Eastern Caribbean (Ectel) on the acquisition by Cable & Wireless Communications of Columbus International.In the statement, Digicel described as “dismissive statements… constituting an insult to the regulatory authorities and Governments of the Ectel member states; and, particularly, those of Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines” the announcement by CWC and Columbus that regulatory notifications and approvals would be required in the United States, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad.
Posted by SC Team on November 24th, 2014
Winston Wilkins, CEO of StartUpRobot
At 37, Winston Wilkins, CEO and founder of StartUpRobot (SUR), the company which promises to take the pain out of company registrations, has turned a hobby in IT into a new company. His previous idea – that of taking the pain out of lunch lines – did not quite catch fire, and was turned down by mentor JJ Geewax, angel investor and Google engineer. But that’s history.
Posted by SC Team on November 19th, 2014
Caribbean entrepreneurs who are looking for funding to develop new or existing businesses are being encouraged to look to their own nationals living abroad. “Diaspora financing should be explored as a source of funding for entrepreneurs”, said Aun Rahman, head of the infoDev Access to Finance Programme, at the World Bank Group.
Posted by SC Team on November 12th, 2014
Are you ready for battle?