TTIGF 2020: Thank you!

Thank you to all our Partners, Participants and Attendees (face to face and remote)! Your contributions and support help further the objective of the TTIGF for better internet governance in Trinidad and Tobago.

Save the Date for TTIGF 2021!



TOPIC 1: The GOOD, the BAD and the POTENTIAL of Online Communities

Join me in discussing the Good, the Bad and the Potential of Online Communities. As the years go by Online Communities have been increasing as fast as technology, leading individuals to be more invested in mobile or pc devices versus real-life interaction. Let’s talk about Why and Where the interest arises, and how we can prevent Misusage of the technology, allowing us to reap it’s benefits, whilst curbing the negatives. Some aspects that may/can be explored are online entertainment platforms like video sharing sites, social media, and gaming. 


Join me to discuss how “Big Tech.” is using its user’s data to optimize its algorithms and how this is most times unknown to the end-user. Let’s discuss the ramifications of this and how we can curb the negative impact this has.


Join me to discuss and share your tips and tactics on how Internet Service Providers can reduce “Internet Pollution” as it relates to harmful and illegal content that obstructs the Internet.


“Encryption is the process where data is encoded so it remains inaccessible by unauthorised users.  As of January 2019, 73% of all web traffic is encrypted. Let us discuss the benefits and the pitfalls associated with encrypting data and lastly, whether or not it should be considered illegal.”


Join me to discuss the importance of information technology for clean energy; how the internet can be used to assist in the reduction and prevention of vast emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere


Join me in discussing the effects of social media on today’s youth and ways in which the negative effects can be prevented for the future generation. 


TTIGF 2020: 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

-Senator the Honourable Allyson West, Minister of Public Administration, Ministry of Public Administration
9.30 – 11:00
Panel Session: Fake News & its Impact on You
– Shernon Osepa, Manager, Regional Affairs for Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau, Internet Society (ISOC) 

– 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

Shernon Osepa
Manager, Regional Affairs for Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau
Internet Society (ISOC)

Shernon Osepa is the Manager, Regional Affairs for Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau of the Internet Society (ISOC).

Prior to joining ISOC, Shernon was the Manager Regional Relations Caribbean for ICANN for more than three years.  Before ICANN he worked as a Policy Advisor with the Telecommunications & Post Regulatory Authority (Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post) in the Netherlands Antilles for almost 6 years.  Previously he worked with the local telecommunications incumbent operator UTS/Setel in Curacao, for almost nine years.

Shernon is a national of Curacao. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University for Professional Studies in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University for Professional Studies in Enschede the Netherlands and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago.

He is fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish, Papiamento and has a working understanding of French.

Shernon is based in Curacao.

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.

Asha Javeed
Senior Multimedia Investigative Journalist
Caribbean Communications Network (CCN)

Asha Javeed is a well-respected investigative reporter with many years of experience tracking down the stories that matter. Ms Javeed began her career when fresh out of school and with a burning desire to be a journalist, she fearlessly walked into the Express South Office and presented her resume to then Bureau Chief, Jerome Tang Lee. She was hired instantly.

By year’s end, Ms Javeed’s engaging writing style, coupled with her precise analysis of nitty-gritty detail, earned her the Media Association’s “Rookie of the Year” award. Soon, Ms. Javeed began to specialise in financial investigative reporting.

She has won multiple awards as a testament to her work. She has a Masters in Communications.

Daniel Hernandez
Head, Cyber & Social Media Unit
Trinidad and Tobago Police Services (TTPS)

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.

Darren Mohammed
Corporate Business Manager – Caribbean/Country Representative
Microsoft Trinidad & Tobago

Darren Mohammed is a Senior Manager at Microsoft responsible for the Corporate Business across 33 countries, mainly within the Caribbean.
With over 24 years’ experience in the ICT industry, he continues to partner with businesses and Governments throughout the territory on transformation using the Microsoft cloud. More companies are turning to Microsoft technology to Engage Customers, Empower Employees, Optimize Operations and Transform their Products. There is no one size fits all and so Darren continues working to develop an ecosystem of Microsoft Partners to act as agents for this transformation across a complex geography, with that ecosystem contributing to their own country GDP.
Prior to joining Microsoft 11 years ago, Darren owned his own profitable technology start-up for 6 years where he benefited from an environment of constant learning and adaptation, two key skills for these dynamic times in business. Before that he was an Exploration Technologist in the Oil and Gas industry.

Keenan Singh
Chief Executive Officer
Airlink Communications Limited

At the age of 17, Mr Keenan Singh made his mark in the Telecommunications Industry as being the youngest founder and Chief Executive Officer to establish a Telecoms company which provided Subscription TV and Internet Services to residents of rural South Trinidad. Based on the lack of Telecommunications Infrastructure at the time Air Link had to build out it’s own Infrastructure to support it’s business. This led him to design, project-manage and even get his hands dirty in building one of the 1st locally-owned Data Centers in Trinidad and Tobago. Over the past 15 years, Air Link Communications Limited’s Data Center has become the lifeline of larger players in the industry both locally and regionally.


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