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BELIZE CITY---Over 100 computer networking spe-
cialists and enthusiasts gathered in Belize City,
Belize for the 6th regional meeting of the Caribbean
Network Operators Group, CaribNOG.
The weeklong event drew local and regional par-
ticipants to Central America s only English-speaking
territory for a series of presentations and hands-on
technical workshops delivered by Caribbean and
international computer experts.
CaribNOG co-ordinator Bevil Wooding described
the volunteer-based group as important to ongoing
efforts to strengthen and protect Caribbean computer
networks from a host of new threats.
"The headlines have been filled with stories of
computer hacking, unauthorised surveillance and
damage or loss caused by failed computer systems."
Wooding explained that "CaribNOG provides
unique regional forum for local network technicians
and technology professionals to share experiences
and build practical skills needed to take the region
into the future."
Etienne Sharp, a Director at Alternative Networks
Limited, a Belize-based Internet service provider,
was full of praise for the event and particularly for
its relevance to Belize.
"This is my first time at a CaribNOG event and
I am quite impressed by the approach to sharing
knowledge and highlighting important technical issues
such as network security, Internet exchange points
and IP network design."
Sharp said that the typical culture in the industry
has been for professionals to work in isolation, and
the potential for collaboration has been a real eye-
"The sessions spoke to the core issues we face on
a daily basis as network administrators and technology
specialists. In addition to the high levels of collab-
oration, I was also glad to see that most of the experts
are drawn from right here in the Caribbean."
IXP coming to Belize
One of the major outcomes of the event was a
public announcement by Belize ISPs of their intention
to form a local Internet exchange point.
Kingsley Smith, Director of Telecommunications
at the Belize Public Utilities Commission shared that
the event gave the local ISPs an opportunity to ham-
mer out the issues and draft an implementation plan
for facility to exchange Internet traffic between com-
peting service providers.
"This development is expected to provide significant
benefits to local ISPs and the Internet users in Belize,"
according to Smith.
The Belize Public Utilities Commission was the
local host for the event and has committed to assisting
the local technical community by facilitating follow
up technical training.
CaribNOG 6 was also supported by a number of
regional and international Internet development
organisations, including the Caribbean Telecommu-
nications Union, the American Registry of Internet
Numbers (ARIN), the Internet Society (ISOC) and
the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses
Registry (LACNIC) and US-based Packet Clearing
House (PCH). The next CaribNOG regional event is
scheduled for Dominica in April 2014.
University of Trinidad and Tobago
(UTT) volunteer, Sarah-Petal Rigault
places her name among many
others on the Heroes Foundation
annual convention We Believe in
Heroes banner, at NAPA on
Saturday. The banner will be
displayed at future venues and
ongoing Heroes Foundation projects.
The annual convention hosted
vendors of Comic Collectors of
Trinidad and Tobago Grand Cosplay
Competition as well as a discussion:
"What it means to be a Hero and a
Mentor for the youth today" in the
Lord Kitchener Auditorium.
PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
HEROES AMONG US
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