Caribbean Computer Experts To Tackle Cyber Security at CaribNOG 15 

As cyber attacks continue to rise in the Caribbean, a group of computer experts from around the region are preparing to gather to discuss ways to defend the digital networks and systems we have come to rely on for everyday life.

Registration is open for the 15th regional gathering of the Caribbean Network Operators Group, called CaribNOG 15, the region’s largest volunteer-based community of computer network engineers, scheduled to take place in Miami, Florida at the Hilton Miami Downtown,1601 Biscayne Boulevard on April 18 to 20, 2018.

“The Internet is now foundational to the development of our Caribbean societies and economies. It is the responsibility to technology professionals in the region to help shape its development and to help defend it against attack,” said Bevil Wooding, one of the founders of CaribNOG.

“At CaribNOG 15, we will be discussing a range of issues related to the development of a more open, resilient and secure Internet. We will also continue our efforts to develop the human network by providing a forum for computer network operators from around the region to meet and interact with their counterparts from across the Caribbean and around the world.”

Wooding is also the Caribbean Outreach Liaison at the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), one of five registries worldwide that coordinate Internet number resources.

ARIN has been a longtime supporter of CaribNOG and is providing a Fellowship program to support persons interested in participating in the ARIN 41 and CaribNOG 15meetings in Miami.  The ARIN Fellowship Program offers up to 15 individuals an opportunity to attend these meetings at no charge, and also offers hotel accommodations at the meeting venue, round-trip economy class airfare, and a stipend.

“The ARIN 41 and CaribNOG 15 meetings provide interested persons in the Caribbean with an opportunity to shape Internet policy and to gain practical technical knowledge and skills. This is particularly important, given the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks and our region’s increased reliance on information and communications technologies in almost every sector,” added Wooding.

CaribNOG 15 immediately follows ARIN’s next public policy meeting, ARIN 41, which takes place from April 15 to 18, 2018.Registration can be done online via or



ICANN spearheads VDECC project to build Internet economy in the Caribbean

FEBRUARY 19, 2018

A group of global and regional technology organisations are partnering to help Caribbean professionals get more out of the Internet economy.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) spearheaded the launch of the Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center of the Caribbean (VDECC). The term DNS refers to the domain name system, a core component of the technology behind the Internet. The DNS automatically translates human-readable website addresses into the numeric machine addresses that computers use. 

VDECC aims to open up new money-making opportunities in the DNS industry for Internet businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, including Internet service providers, web hosting companies, top-level domain operators, domain name registrars and resellers, web developers, digital marketers, e-commerce startups and Internet legal experts.

“With the right mindset, a wide range of Internet stakeholders can take advantage of emerging opportunities to offer their services. Entrepreneurs with the right vision taking the right action can create new and sustainable business ventures,” said Albert Daniels, Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager for the Caribbean at ICANN.

The initiative was launched in Port of Spain on February 19, in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Country Code Top-Level Domain Association (LACTLD), CANTO, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, and the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), the volunteer-based community of computer network administrators from across the Caribbean. 

Daniels described VDECC as the fruit of ICANN’s collaboration with organisations such as CANTO, CTU and CaribNOG. Delivering opening remarks at the launch, representatives of those bodies also voiced a desire to build strategic partnerships with ICANN.

“The VDECC initiative represents a new wave of possibility for how the Caribbean region is represented on the global DNS marketplace. We have the chance to engage a new cadre of entrepreneurially minded computer engineers, who are interested in playing a part on the global scale but may not fully understand the pathway to getting there,” said Bevil Wooding, Caribbean Outreach Liaison at the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), and one of the founders of CaribNOG. 

Meeting sessions covered a range of topics, such as the domain name aftermarket, and how to become an ICANN-accredited registrar. Plenary question-and-answer sessions peppered the agenda, creating a rich atmosphere of free-flowing dialogue among an audience that included a mix of technical, policy, legal and business interests. A number of online participants from across the Caribbean and Latin America also joined the dialogue through a live video stream. The open discussion identified a number of potentially lucrative business opportunities but also pinpointed specific hurdles that have to be overcome.

“We have a long road ahead, and this is just the first step,” said Daniel Fink, Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager for Brazil at ICANN.

Upcoming events are being planned for Belize, Guyana and Jamaica later this year. More information is available on the VDECC website: