TTIGF 2020: Draft Agenda

8:30 – 9:00
Check-in & Complimentary Breakfast Doubles 
9:00 – 9:05
Safety Briefing & National Anthem
9:05 – 9:10
Opening Remarks: 
Ajmal Nazir, Chair, Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG)
9:10 – 9:30
Introductory Video Messages:
– Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

– Anriette Esterhuysen, Chair, United Nations Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group
9.30 – 11:00
Panel Session: Fake News & its Impact on You
– Mark Lyndersay, Editor, TechNewsTT and Opinion Leader Columnist, Newsday

– Daniel Hernandez, Head, Cyber & Social Media Unit, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

– Asha Javeed, Senior Multimedia Investigative Journalist, Caribbean Communications Network

Anita Sohan, Director, TTMAG
11:00 – 11:15
Morning Liquid Break
11:15 – 12:45
Youth-led Collaborative Exchange: The Future of the Internet
12:45 – 13:30
13.30 – 15:00
Panel Session: Data Hosting: Locally or Internationally?

– Ian C. Galt, General Manager – Enterprise Services, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago Limited

– Darren Mohammed, Corporate Business Manager for the Caribbean and Country Representative, Microsoft Trinidad

– Keenan Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Air Link Networks

George Gobin, Director, TTMAG
15:00 – 15:15
Afternoon Liquid Break
15.15 – 16.45
Open Forum
16.45 – 17:00
Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks:
Tracy Hackshaw – Chair-Elect, TTMAG

TTIGF 2020: Meet our Panelists

Fake News & Its Impact on You

Mark Lyndersay
Editor at TechNewsTT
Opinion Leader Columnist at Newsday

Mark Lyndersay is a writer and photographer working in Trinidad and Tobago for the last 44 years.

He is the editor of, an online news publication covering technology developments in Trinidad and Tobago founded in 2014 and writes BitDepth, a weekly column which has explored personal technology continuously over the last 25 years.

He is the editor of the OpEdTT opinion leadership section of the web publication

Mark Lyndersay currently writes his column, features and weekly opinion leaders for first publication in Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

Police Sergeant presently attached to the Cyber & Social Media Unit {T.T.P.S} Highly motivated police officer with 21yrs service having pursed achievements in Mobile and Computer Forensics.  Extensive training and experience in Intelligence Gathering, Data Analysis, Digital Forensics and Investigations, Proactive Internet Investigations, Seizure of Digital Evidence, Cellular Communication Forensics.

Sergeant Daniel is responsible for the Management of Telecommunication Data From Service Providers to Police Officers with the intent of giving them an investigative approach. Liaison officer Minister National Security, mobile and computer forensics extraction supervision.

Data Hosting: Locally or Internationally?

Ian C. Galt
General Manager – Enterprise Services
Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago Limited

Ian Galt is a veteran of the ICT and Telecommunications Sectors with over 40 years of knowledge and experience.

Ian joined TSTT as the General Manager of its Enterprise business in April 2019. 

Prior to this Ian has spent the last 27 years working for four Multinational ICT / Telecommunication Companies and one Caribbean region Conglomerate in an Executive capacity.

These include Digicel Central America and the Caribbean, (Chief Revenue Officer), ANSA McAL, (Group CIO followed by Services Sector Head), Cable and Wireless PLC, (Managing Director Products and Services followed by Managing Director Government Business), and Fujitsu, (Country Manager followed by Executive Vice President Caribbean and Central America).    

During this time Ian has sat on over ten Boards and has been the Chairman of eights Boards. Ian presently also sits on the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He has worked extensively in the UK and Europe for over ten years in addition to having extensive experience in multiple Caribbean locations.

He was intimately involved in the build-out of Trinidad and Tobago’s first Tier 3 Data Center Facility and had Executive oversight of the launch of a number of the initial Managed and Cloud Services to be launched and made available in the Caribbean.
Ian completed his Secondary education in the UK and is an Honors Graduate of International Technical Institute, Tampa, USA.


TTIGF 2020: Partners

TTIGF 2020 is proud to partner with:

Platinum Partner

Naparima College, San Fernando

Diamond Partner

Fruta Fruit Juice

Oasis Premium Purified Water

Silver Partner

Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

AVIT Support Ltd.

Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre

Internet Society (ISOC)


TTIGF 2020: Register to Attend

Participating in TTIGF 2020 is FREE!

Registration is required.


TTIGF 2020: Panel Sessions

Based on the community’s responses to the Call for Topics, these topics listed will be discussed at the TTIGF 2020. This section will be updated as more information becomes available.

Panel Session – Fake News & its impact on You

The Internet, particularly social media, has changed the way we communicate. While it has made information more accessible to users, it has amplified the spread of misinformation. There have been several cases of “fake news” being circulated within Trinidad and Tobago and with general elections approaching, it is anticipated that this will only continue. The accessibility of information on social media gives it a democratising power which arguably contributes to the declining trust in traditional media. However, it can also be argued that a significant amount of information online is not factual as most fake news is spread through social media which as a result, erodes the credibility of the Internet. 

According to a Transparency International Report, 56% of persons surveyed from 18 countries in LAC, including Trinidad and Tobago think that fake news is often spread around elections. Politicians and business have recognised the strategic value of using social media to target voters, and this is done without any regulatory frameworks or laws to govern modern elections. Businesses such as SCL and Cambridge Analytica have exploited this freedom. 

For the purposes of this session, discussions will focus on the following:

  • How fake news can lead to defamation of character and amplify online bullying?
  • Should checks and balances be built into legislation to protect the freedom of expression?
  • Can fake news regulations be successful in curbing misinformation without threatening the rights and safety of journalists?
  • Should electoral laws be amended to reflect new technologies and the digital age?

Panel session – Data hosting: locally or internationally?

As data becomes the currency of modern economies, a growing number of governments are enacting regulations and/or legislation that make it prohibitive to store data at locations of your own choice. Some Governments believe that privacy and cybersecurity concerns are easier to address depending on your data storage locations. 

This panel will discuss the pros and cons of storing data locally, offshore or using a hybrid model. Can we ensure privacy, security, compliance and cost concerns are adequately addressed based on the chosen hosting model?


About TTIGF 2020

In 2020, while we, in Trinidad and Tobago, join the rest of the world in recognizing and celebrating some of Internet’s greatest achievements, we are also witnessing the Internet facing some of its greatest challenges.

Several experts have alerted us to the reality that the Internet as we know it today is being negatively impacted by global actors and rapidly being replaced by one that we will not be able to recognize if we do not take appropriate action NOW.

The very future of the Internet as we know it is at stake and the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG) is inviting all stakeholders – especially those who will carry the torch going forward – to participate in our 2020 Trinidad & Tobago Internet Governance Forum (#TTIGF2020) on 31 January 2020 to engage and discuss these developments and to actively set a platform for action for 2020 and beyond.

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Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group