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Roundup: for the week ending 7 July 2024 | ICT Pulse – The leading technology blog in the Caribbean

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A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 1 July and 7 July  2024.

Monday, 1 July 2024

Bahamas to regulate banks to offer cbank digital currency

Bahamas – The Bahamas, the first country in the world to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC), is now preparing regulations that will require commercial banks to provide access to the e-money in a bid to stimulate adoption, its central bank governor told Reuters… more

Belize introduces landmark bill to combat sexual harassment in the digital age

Belize – In a significant step towards combating sexual harassment, a new bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on Friday. The proposed legislation aims to modernize existing laws, expand protections for victims, and address the challenges posed by the digital age… more

Social Media Users Warned Against Sharing Lewd Content

Belize – Police Minister Kareem Musa told reporters this morning that it is an offence, “a criminal offence by virtue of the Cyber Crime Act of 2020,”  to share and publish videos and photographs of a lewd and indecent nature. This warning comes after a surge of videos and photographs depicting lewd content began circulating widely on social media over the weekend… more

Connected islands: Laying the foundations for digital transformation in the Caribbean

Caribbean – At the Caribbean Digital Summit, technology chiefs from 13 island administrations converged on Barbados to explore the challenges they face in the region’s unique digital environment… more

Gov’t seeking more affordable broadband service

Jamaica – The Government is looking to provide more affordable broadband service to more Jamaicans in underserved communities across the country… more

Jamaican government launches social media literacy initiative to combat misinformation

Jamaica – The Jamaican government, led by the Broadcasting Commission, is set to launch a comprehensive social media literacy campaign… more

The state of TT broadband, 2024

Trinidad and Tobago – In a research article released on June 17, Ookla, a global connection speed monitor, offered an updated evaluation of the state of broadband connectivity in the Caribbean… more

Tuesday, 2 July 2024

Artificial Intelligence: A disruptive economic technology or just hype?

Caribbean – Dr Keith Rowley in his Labour Day speech to the trade unions had this to say… more

C&W Communications previews CANTO 2024

Caribbean – C&W Communications, the operators of Flow, Flow Business, C&W Business, and BTC, is set to be center stage for CANTO’s 39th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition 2024, which kicks off on Sunday, 7 July to Wednesday, 10 July at the JW Marriot Hotel in Miami, USA under the theme “Towards a Sustainable Digital Economy.” … more

Mastercard targets Caribbean with fintech solutions

Caribbean – AS part of its global Financial Technology (Fintech) Express and Engage programmes, Mastercard is targeting the Caribbean with fintech frameworks that enable fintechs to enter a market and address relevant market challenges… more

Making money as an influencer in Cuba is hard. These dancers found a way

Cuba – In late December, half a dozen members of the Cuban dance troupe Los Datway gyrated and twirled to a reggaeton song in a colonial tenement house in central Havana, an iPhone pointed at them as they rehearsed their choreography… more

EduFocal staff retrenchment to save $80m annually

Jamaica – Digital education group EduFocal has rolled out a number of cost-cutting measures, including the retrenchment of a number of staff, which alone is set to save $7 million monthly or $80 million annually… more

How AI can create a better world

Trinidad and Tobago – THE digital world is ever-evolving, as evidenced by the substantial boom in artificial intelligence (AI), particularly generative AI (Gen AI). But how does this transformation benefit the world? … more

Wednesday, 3 July 2024

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Central Bank enhancing regulations to promote Sand Dollar access and digital payment equality

Bahamas – The Central Bank, as part of its digital payments strategy, is enhancing regulations to ensure licensed institutions provide access to the Sand Dollar and promote equal accessibility of digital payment instruments alongside debit and credit cards on domestic terminals, according to Governor John Rolle… more

C&W Communications mobilising aid for those impacted by Beryl

Caribbean – Leading telecoms provider C&W Communications, the operators of Flow, Flow Business, C&W Business and BTC, is mobilising resources and aid for those impacted by Hurricane Beryl… more

Well-being worries driven by tech

Caribbean – SIX out of 10 finance professionals based in the Caribbean and half of those based in North America say that their mental health suffers because of work pressures, according to a major new global survey from ACCA… more

Suddenly ten years later…

Trinidad and Tobago – This began as the Annual Report to readers for 2021, the fourth such account of the production of TechNewsTT. Things went a bit awry, let’s just say… more

Thursday, 4 July 2024

OWN Foundation announces Artificial Intelligence Masterclass featuring Terrance McMahon

Bahamas – The OWN Foundation has announced its latest initiative, “A Deep Dive into AI” Masterclass, featuring Terrance McMahon, a retired CEO and internationally recognized expert in AI, marketing, and lifestyle. This transformative event will be held on July 6 and 7, 2024, at the University of The Bahamas Performing Arts Center from 8 AM to 4 PM, and it is offered free to members of the public… more

C&W Communications on show at CANTO 2024

Caribbean – C&W Communications, the operators of Flow, Flow Business, C&W Business, and BTC, is set to be center stage for CANTO’s 39th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition 2024, which kicks off on Sunday, 7th July to Wednesday, 10th July at the JW Marriot Hotel in Miami, USA under the theme “Towards a Sustainable Digital Economy”… more

Stakeholder Consultation for Digital Identity Authentication Project Held in St. Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis —The Ministry of Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT), in collaboration with the Republic of China (Taiwan), held a stakeholder consultation for the Digital Identity Authentication Project at the CUNA Building in Fortlands on Wednesday, June 26, 2024… more

Ministry of Digital Transformation in ‘full mode’

Trinidad and Tobago – THE PUBLIC and private sectors are seeing the fruit of the Ministry of Digital Transformation’s “breakthrough” as it marks its third year of existence on July 12… more

Friday, 5 July 2024

Drone Mapping Data Unit launched

Bahamas – A Cabinet minister said yesterday that the government is building capacity to monitor the country’s land and marine resources through the launch of the Drone Mapping Data Unit (DMDU)… more

Sand Dollar is legal tender, so banks have to distribute it, says Clearing Banks Assoc. chief

Bahamas – Commercial banks will not have to be compelled to distribute The Bahamas’ central bank digital currency (CBDC), the Sand Dollar, because it is legal tender of The Bahamas, Chairman of the Clearing Banks Association Gowon Bowe told Guardian Business… more

Telecoms providers say progress being made in restoring services

Jamaica – Telecommunications companies say they are making progress in restoring critical services to customers following the passage of Hurricane Beryl… more

‘AI, CSR driving media engagement’

Trinidad and Tobago – Artificial Intelligence, as well as the importance of corporate social responsibility initiatives, have been hailed as crucial tools for local businesses… more

Saturday, 6 July 2024

INNOVATION: The OWN Foundation’s first masterclass delves deep into artificial intelligence

Bahamas – The OWN foundation hosting its very first masterclass today as they take participants on a deep dive into artificial intelligence… more

T&T ranks fifth in BPOs in LAC

Trinidad and Tobago – Port-of-Spain has been ranked the fifth top value Destination for business process outsourcing (BPO) in the Latin America and Caribbean region… more

Sunday, 7 July 2024

Are regulations preventing AI growth?

Caribbean – TECHNOLOGICAL advancement across the globe is being hindered by government restrictions, according to tech experts speaking at the recent Mobile World Conference in Shanghai, China… more

Flow Jamaica restores 77% of mobile coverage, 413 fixed communities

Jamaica – Telecommunications giant Flow Jamaica’s technical teams have continued to restore fixed and mobile services impacted by the passage of Hurricane Beryl across the island… more

Harnessing the power of AI to aid Jamaica’s recovery after Hurricane Beryl

Jamaica – IN the wake of Hurricane Beryl’s impact, Jamaica faces the challenge of being responsive in its economic recovery… more

Hurricane Beryl: Flow reports 77% mobile population coverage; 24% of affected fixed service sites restored

Jamaica – Flow Jamaica says 77 per cent of its mobile customers have services while 24 per cent of affected fixed service sites have been restored as its technical teams continue restoration efforts following the passage of Hurricane Beryl across the island… more

Problems with Flow service resolved

Jamaica – Dear Claudienne, I have been having a serious issue with Flow Jamaica restoring my Internet service since I reported the matter on December 27, 2023… more

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