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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending November 22nd, 2013

22 Nov

 

ENVIRONMENTALISTS WORRIED AOUT REVISED EMISSIONS GOAL—11/18/13
Environmentalists from the Caribbean had hoped for strong support from those in the developed world to help the region’s environment from being destroyed by climate change. At the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), representatives from the Caribbean voiced their concerns about the group’s emission target policies.

TECHLINK INSPIRES GREATER USE OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLGOY—11/20/13
A new education program designed to change the way Internet users in the Caribbean utilize technology is being offered by the BrightPath Foundation together with Columbus Communications. The program began in Grenada and is meant to inspire more innovation in technology use in the region. At the inaugural TechLink event in Grenada, participants learned about how create their own gadgets, e-books, and mobile apps.

SATELLITE BROADBAND OFFERED IN FRENCH GUYANA, WEST INDIES—11/21/13
A distribution agreement between Eutelsat Communications and CaribSat, an Internet service provider, will implement IP Easy satellite broadband service via the EUTALSAT 8 West A satellite. CaribSat will offer consumers and small businesses in Guadeloupe fast Internet connectivity with download speeds of 512Kpbs to 6Mpbs for about US$40.14 per month. After initial implementation in Guadeloupe, the service will be available in Martinique, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barth and French Guyana by January 1, 2014.

CYBER EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS NEEDED IN CARIBBEAN—11/22/13
According to security expert Shannon Curran of Fortinent Inc., the Caribbean region should move to create and deploy cybersecurity emergency response teams (CERTs) in order to avoid the risk of being isolated from trends in cybersecurity occurring worldwide. Governments have a major role to play in cybersecurity strategies that will protect their citizens, Curran noted.

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