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Experts call for Caribbean to make its voice heard on global Internet governance

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2019. 9:58 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is joining up with the non-profit American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) to connect regional governments to be at the table for important decisions on the future of the Internet – technical specifications, security of technology and rules for governance.

 ARIN is one of five regional Internet registries that coordinate the development of policies for managing Internet protocol number resources. The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization manages Internet number resources in Canada, the United States, and several Caribbean territories.

John Curran, president and CEO of ARIN, said governments have and must recognize that the World Wide Web must be factored into public policy considerations and that its evolution is not in a vacuum.

 Regional expert and a key founder of Belize’s Internet Exchange Point Bevil Wooding, Caribbean Outreach Liaison at ARIN, made noted why this matters and its relation to the Caribbean’s challenges and opportunities in the digital age. Wooding also discussed the key obstacles and stated that relevant organizations must work together to change this.

 CTU and ARIN held a special meeting of the public policy group in Barbados in April, talking about practical ways to develop a more coordinated approach to the formation of Caribbean-tailored policy that better supports Internet development at the national and regional levels.


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