ARIN Gears Up for Intensified Caribbean Outreach Activities

ARIN Gears Up for Intensified Caribbean Outreach Activities

The Caribbean is brimming with potential for digital growth and development. To support our stakeholders and help foster a robust, secure, and interconnected Internet throughout the region, ARIN’s Government Affairs Department (GAD) has a busy Caribbean outreach schedule lined up for the second half of 2024.

In the coming months, I will be actively participating in a series of key events across the region along with other ARIN staff. We will be connecting and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and industry leaders, exploring opportunities for increased collaboration, and addressing critical issues impacting Internet connectivity and governance in the Caribbean.

Building Bridges Through Industry Events

The ARIN Caribbean outreach campaign kicks off in July with our participation in the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations (CANTO) 2024 Conference & Trade Exhibition in Aventura, Florida, on 7-10 July. This annual event brings together industry leaders from across the Caribbean to discuss trends and solutions that are driving growth for information and communications technology (ICT) providers and telecommunications companies. Our Director of Customer Experience and Strategy, Joe Westover, and I will be on site to connect with attendees and share insights on ARIN’s role in supporting healthy Internet infrastructure in the Caribbean.

Next we’ll head to Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for the School of Digital Transformation and Innovation in the Caribbean on 12-15 August. This event, hosted at the headquarters of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), will tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing the region’s digital transformation, including inadequate telecommunications infrastructure and financial constraints. ARIN will share the stage with other regional experts to engage in critical discussions on how to overcome these hurdles and leverage global digital trends for sustainable Caribbean development.

Shaping the Future of Internet Governance

The Internet is a global resource, but its governance requires a multistakeholder approach that considers regional needs and perspectives. ARIN continues its active involvement in shaping the future of Internet governance in the Caribbean through participation in two critical upcoming forums.

The 20th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (and 3rd Caribbean Youth Internet Governance Forum) takes place in Georgetown, Guyana, on 21-24 August. This multistakeholder forum convened by the CTU provides a platform for discussions on technical, policy, cybersecurity, and privacy issues impacting the Caribbean Internet. Our team will collaborate with local and international leaders to ensure ARIN is present for these critical conversations.

In September, our team will travel to Willemstad, Curaçao, for the 28th Regional Meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), which will be staged in conjunction with the 10th Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF) on 18-20 September. These events bring together computer network operators, peering coordinators, and other technology professionals to share best practices and experiences. ARIN is a proud supporter of CaribNOG and CarPIF, and our participation underscores our commitment to fostering collaboration among those who build and maintain the Caribbean’s Internet infrastructure.

Showcasing Collaboration at Regional Events

The CTU plays a vital role in advancing ICT development across the region. A two-member team from GAD will attend CTU ICT Week 2024 in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis, from 30 September to 4 October. This weeklong event brings together stakeholders from across the Caribbean to discuss advancements in ICT and explore opportunities for collaboration. Leslie Nobile, Senior Director of Trust and Public Safety, and I will participate in insightful discussions and networking opportunities, fostering stronger relationships with industry experts.

Building Capacity for Law Enforcement

The Internet has become a critical tool for law enforcement, but it also presents new challenges. The ARIN Law Enforcement Forum, scheduled for 7-9 October in Kingston, Jamaica, provides a platform for law enforcement professionals from across the Caribbean to share knowledge and best practices. Co-organized by ARIN, the Caribbean Agency for Justice Solutions (CAJS), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, this year’s forum will focus on topics such as digital forensics, cybercrime investigations, and countering online threats. Leslie Nobile and I will represent ARIN and play a lead role in facilitating these critical discussions.

A Connected Caribbean Future

This year’s Caribbean outreach will conclude with our participation in the Connected Caribbean Summit 2024 in Miami, Florida, on 10-12 December. The entire GAD team will attend the Summit — a major leadership meeting point for discussions on digital resilience, innovation, and transformation in the Caribbean. As a main collaborative partner, ARIN will once again co-host the Public Policy Forum with the CTU and the Justice Forum with CAJS. ARIN will also stage a special VIP luncheon at the Summit. Our presence at this event underscores ARIN’s commitment to working alongside regional leaders to address Internet development challenges and opportunities, ultimately shaping a connected and prosperous Caribbean future.

Looking Ahead to 2025

The Caribbean is poised for a digital revolution, and ARIN is positioning itself as a key partner on that journey. Our outreach schedule for the remainder of 2024 reflects our dedication to investing in and collaborating with stakeholders throughout the region. Whether you’re an industry leader, a technical expert, or simply someone passionate about Internet-enabled development, we encourage you to join us in this pursuit.

Explore, subscribe to our blog feed and mailing lists, and follow us on social media to learn more about upcoming events, access resources, and connect with the ARIN Caribbean community. Let’s work together to build a secure, stable, and thriving Internet for all.

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