* Americas Regional Caucus
* Plenary Session: Multilateral Partnerships & Bright Spots
* Open Contracting - Toward a New Frontier of Openness
* Europe Regional Caucus
* John Kerry, William Hague & Mo Ibrahim discuss #transparency & surveillance
IGF 2013 - Bali, Indonesia
While reaffirming the need to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, the United Nations-backed forum on the issue, known as the IGF, concluded yesterday in Bali, Indonesia with an acknowledgement that surveillance is the major emerging issue of the year.
* 22nd October: Role of Governments in Internet Multistakeholder Cooperation debated at
opening of Internet Governance Forum.
* 23th October, morning: Principles of Internet Governance and links to Human Rights.
* 23th October, afternoon: IGF sessions zoom in on Managing Risks of Cyberspace Era.
* 24th October, morning: Internet’s Role in Spurring Growth, Sustainable Development debated
Ayitic, a project that seeks to strengthen the digital capacities of Haiti, one of the continent’s least developed countries which has also been badly hit by natural catastrophes over the past few years, is moving forward. Promoted by the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and Caribbean (LACNIC), the Ayitic “Internet for Development” project aims at training technicians and professionals working in the field of information and communications technology in order to increase Internet penetration in this Caribbean country (currently at only 8 per 100 inhabitants).
Edmundo Vitale is Ayitic’s coordinator and confident that Internet penetration will increase “in the short- to medium- term.”
Barbados is leading the rest of the region when it comes to information and communications technology (ICT) development for the period 2012 to 2013.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released the latest figures which showed Barbados ranked at No. 3 in the Americas and 29th globally out of 157 countries assessed for the period. Barbados was ranked 36th globally for the period 2011 to 2012.