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Aug 10, 2016

Caribbean Internet Governance Forum Hosted in Belize City

Today, day one of the twelfth annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum was held at the Radisson in Belize City. Hosted by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union in collaboration with the Public Utilities Commission, stakeholders and policy makers from across CARICOM states converged in Belize to discuss issues surrounding the management, administration and governance of internet throughout the Caribbean. Internet Strategist Bevil Wooding spoke with News Five about the impact the emerging field of the internet is having on the region.

 

Bevil Wooding

Bevil Wooding, Internet Strategist, PCH

“Fast forward to today, we have the internet impacting business, impacting government. There are both the good, the bad and the ugly coming up on our shores. We have everything from child pornography to new e-business and ecommerce initiatives and all of these things have to be overseen. But there is no one organization that does it, there is no one individual, there is no one government that can manage the internet. And so forum like these, the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum, are where stakeholders, or what is called the multi stakeholder approach, is used to get the different views and to corral the opinions and the insight of experts from around the region and around the world to determine the best way forward. What we are talking about here is making sure that as a region, we have the right policies in place. So a number of policy makers present at this meeting from across the Caribbean and they are listening to the conversations with a specific view to determine how to revise national laws, how to revise and update national policy to support and facilitate internet growth. You can come to this meeting and ask questions, share your opinions, give your insight, provide alternative approaches to how we oversee the development of both the local and regional internet and that’s an important aspect of the forum. Just an opportunity to hear different views and to bring those views into the regional dialogue of what we are doing and why we are doing it.”

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Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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