CaribNOG 5 Barbados
The Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) traveled to Barbados for its Fifth Regional Meeting. This was CaribNOG's second back-to-back meeting with the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN 31). The event was held at the Hilton Barbados Resort on April 24-26, 2013.
CaribNOG 5 drew together over 120 participants from across the region and the world for two and a half days of training, sharing of experiences and collaboration that focused heavily on Network Security, Internet Exchange Points and IPv6 Adoption.
How IXP Proliferation Strengthens the Domestic Internet Economy
The complex arrangements that have evolved to support the flow of traffic on the Internet remain a mystery to many. At the center is a simple facility, with a very significant role – the Internet exchange point – the bandwidth factory of the Internet and a cornerstone in the foundation of the Internet economy. Those countries coming into an understanding of this foundation are the ones positioning themselves to take advantage of it. Such countries are also the ones with the best chance of securing their digital future.
Global efforts to address the problem of the depleting pool of numbers used to identify resources connected to the Internet have reached Caribbean shores. Across the world, adopting the next-generation Internet standard, known as IPv6, is no longer seen as an option but as an imperative. Calls for the Caribbean to wake up and address the need to update the region’s computer networks are growing louder and more frequent. But the question remains, is anyone listening?