Antigua to host CaribNOG 18 in September

Antigua and Barbuda will host the eighteenth regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) from September 25 to 27.

CaribNOG is a vibrant community of professionals committed to improving the region’s networks, expanding the technical capacity of those who build and secure them, and strengthening the interconnections among all actors in the Internet space.

Called CaribNOG 18, the upcoming meeting is themed “Securing Caribbean Networks,” and will focus on a range of stability, security and resiliency issues that are central to Internet development. IT and security professionals, network administrators, telecommunications and computer engineers, Internet exchange point operators and data centre managers from across the region are expected to attend.

Stephen Lee, CaribNOG Program Director invited all interested stakeholders to submit proposals for topics, lightning presentations or full sessions for the consideration of the CaribNOG 18 coordination team.

“It’s an opportunity for anyone with an interest in Caribbean development to let us know how the community of people who take responsibility for developing the Internet in the region can focus our attention, efforts and resources, to align with the evolving development priorities of the region,” Lee said.

Meeting registration, provisional agenda, as well as a call for presentations and sponsors, will be available online soon. 

Bevil Wooding, Caribbean Outreach Liaison at the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and one of the founders of CaribNOG, announced the date and venue of the upcoming meeting on the closing day of CaribNOG 17, held at Hilton Barbados Resort, Bridgetown from April 10 to 12. The September meeting is one of several highlights of the group’s 2019 calendar. 

On April 30 and May 1, CaribNOG will be a part of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s “Caribbean FutureScape” event at Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port of Spain, which aims to provide participants with an immersive and interactive experience demonstrating the possibility of a fully integrated digital Caribbean.

On June 3 and 4, CaribNOG will work alongside the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Society, to support an “ARIN in the Caribbean” outreach event targeting network operators, business leaders, regulators, and government officials in Nassau, Bahamas. Since 2018, the “ARIN in the Caribbean” series has touched eight Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and the US Virgin Islands. 

On June 11 to 13, CaribNOG will support the fifth meeting of the Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, called CarPIF 5, to be held in St George’s, Grenada. CarPIF is a CaribNOG initiative held in collaboration with the Internet Society as well as local, regional and international stakeholders. At CarPIF, Internet service providers, data centre managers, Internet exchange point coordinators, content delivery network operators and technology professionals come together to exchange practical knowledge and strike deals to develop and improve the region’s Internet sector. Content providers such as Google, Akamai and Facebook have regularly attended at the event.

Apart from its upcoming events, the CaribNOG community will also focus on a range of capacity-building activities, including collaborative research projects, resource development, expanded communication channels and new outreach initiatives throughout the year.


CaribNOG conference brings Internet experts to Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados. April 5, 2019—Technical experts from the global Internet community and other stakeholders from across the Caribbean and North America convened in Bridgetown, Barbados for the seventeenth regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group, called CaribNOG 17.

CaribNOG is a volunteer-based community, largely drawn from the professionals who design, build, use, maintain and safeguard the region’s computer networks. Like many other network operator groups around the world, CaribNOG is dedicated to advancing members’ technical capacity and developing stronger networks in the region. 

The keynote at this month’s meeting, delivered by Edward Mc Nair, Executive Director of the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG), focused on the crucial role that network operator groups play in supporting the human network needed to facilitate physical network development. McNair is also the co-founder of Kaskadian, an agency that provides branding, marketing and sales support for startups and new businesses.

“Network operator groups serve the critical function of enabling the human connections that undergird the development of computer networks. In 2019, CaribNOG is focused on deepening those human connections, both within the region and beyond,” said Stephen Lee, Program Director of CaribNOG. 

The CaribNOG meeting focused on a range of cybersecurity and network resiliency issues that are central to the development of a more open, resilient and secure Internet. These meetings target network administrators, information technology managers, computer engineers and security professionals from across the region.

Presenters and panellists included several regional and international experts on a range of issues including security, cloud services, Internet exchange point implementation, and the deployment of next-generation Internet Protocol, called IPv6. Among the presenters are Brent McIntosh (Columbus Communications), Owen DeLong, Jon Worley (ARIN), Matthew Wilder (Telus), Steve Feldman (NANOG), Edward Winstead (ISC) and David Huberman (ICANN).

CaribNOG 17 immediately followed the public policy and members meeting of the American Registry of Internet Numbers, called ARIN 43, which took place at the same venue from April 7 to 10, 2019. 

A longtime supporter of CaribNOG, ARIN provided a fellowship program to support persons interested in participating in the ARIN 43 and CaribNOG 17 meetings. The ARIN Fellowship Program offered the opportunity to attend the meetings at no charge, as well as hotel accommodation, round-trip economy class airfare and a stipend.  

“ARIN has a long track record of supporting Internet development initiatives in the Caribbean outreach program,” said Bevil Wooding, CaribNOG co-founder and Caribbean Outreach Liaison at ARIN.

The Barbados chapter of the Internet Society provided local coordination services. The high-profile meeting was also supported by the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry, Arkitechs, Packet Clearing House and RL Mark. 

Presentations are available at the meeting resources link below.