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This year could be the
year to kick some
to the curb. The region
has been progressively
piping up on the global
stage, breaking long-
held cultural paradigms
in the process, in some fairly unlikely ways.
Across the Caribbean, the words "global
Internet governance," for example, are
becoming a meaningful catchphrase for col-
lective action through new channels of col-
laboration, as Caribbean states hammer out
their own spaces to discuss their own tech-
nology development issues relevant to their
national and regional agenda.
This type of discussion was once uncom-
mon across the region. But that is now
changing, according to Albert Daniels,
Caribbean-area stakeholder engagement
manager at the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
St Lucian-born Daniels should know. Part
of his job is to find ways to stimulate and
harness this newfound energy for digital self-
governance that is emerging in the sub-trop-
ical region s small-island states. In fact,
ICANN is one of several international organ-
isations now ramping up efforts to bring
together a broad spectrum of Caribbean
stakeholders from business, government,
technical community and civil society to dis-
cuss issues related to Internet governance.
In February, Daniels co-led a vibrant multi-
stakeholder discussion in Port-of-Spain, in
which regional delegates dialogued about
the steps required for Caribbean countries
to establish an internet governance fora at
the national level.
Alongside him were representatives from
other major bodies in the regional technology
space: Bevil Wooding, outreach manager,
Packet Clearing House; Kevon Swift, external
relations officer for the Caribbean, Latin
America and Caribbean Network Information
Centre (LACNIC); and Shernon Osepa, man-
ager, regional affairs for Latin America and
the Caribbean Bureau, Internet Society
"By having these national discussions
involving all of the stakeholders, you then
have a basis for forming national positions,
which can then feed into the global debate
and global policy development. This is a
concept that ICANN has been discussing for
a long time," Daniels said.
The session was part of a week-long con-
ference formally commemorating the 25th
anniversary of the Caribbean Telecommuni-
cations Union (CTU). Hundreds of delegates
gathered for the high-profile event in Port-
of-Spain from February 2-6, among them
Caribbean government ministers, regional
regulators and policy makers, senior private
sector officials, academic researchers and
international technical experts.
Other organisations represented among
the speakers and delegates included Caricom,
the Commonwealth Telecommunication
Organisation, the American Registry of Inter-
net Numbers, the International Telecommu-
nication Union, Congress WBN, the University
of the West Indies and the World Bank.
Bernadette Lewis, secretary general of the
CTU, described the 25th anniversary ICT
Week as "a culmination of several months
of activities celebrating the organisation s
achievements and ongoing work in the region."
Daniels praised "all the work that has been
done over the last 25 years by the CTU, and
by the secretary general and her team, in par-
ICANN and the CTU have partnered in a
number of areas, such as the establishment
of critical Internet infrastructure, and sup-
porting the transition to the the next gen-
eration of Internet Protocol.
"ICANN s most recent initiative to establish
the national-level Internet governance fora
is a tip of the hat to the CTU, which has "the
longest standing regional Internet Governance
Forum, and was the first globally to have an
Internet Governance Forum at the regional
level," Daniels said.
"ICANN continues to look forward to col-
laborating with the CTU and with other part-
Representing the region
ICANN, CTU bring Caribbean voices to global Internet policy debate
Albert Daniels, Caribbean-area stakeholder engagement manager, Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers, shares a light moment with Bernadette Lewis, secretary
general, Caribbean Telecommunications Union, at the CTU 25th Anniversary ICT Week, Hyatt
Regency, Port-of-Spain, February 2015.
ICANN and the CTU have partnered in a number of areas, such as the establishment of critical Internet
infrastructure, and supporting the transition to the the next generation of Internet Protocol.
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