JAMAICA RANKS FOURTH IN CARIBBEAN FOR INTERNET USE—11/10/12
According to a survey by Internet World Stats, more than 50 percent of the 2.87 residents in Jamaica either use or have access to the Internet. This represents about 55.1 percent of the population and puts Jamaica in fourth place among Caribbean nations. Only the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico have higher rates of usage and access. Jamaica’s government has made Internet access and computers available in libraries, schools, post offices, and community centers throughout the island through the Community Access Point (CAP) program.
INTERNET CREATES LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR JOB, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES—11/11/12
According to attendees of the annual Caribbean BETA-Tech Entrepreneurship Conference, the Internet is providing more opportunities for creating and finding jobs, owning businesses, and achieving personal goals than ever before. The conference, held in Kingston, is designed to expose more people to the opportunities associated with being online. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Business of the Internet – Mobile, Social, and Consumer-Driven: Where Are the Opportunities?” Opportunities in music, government, culture, and innovation will be showcased.
CARIBBEAN REGION GETS ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL—11/12/12
Young people and adults in the Caribbean region will have a chance to complete their high school education online through the CaribbeanExams Virtual Academy (CEVA). CEVA is an online academic portal that is operated by GoGsat Ltd. and CaribbeanExams. CaribbeanExams.com offers the first test-preparation website in the region, while GoGsat offers online preparation for Grade Six Achievement Tests. The main goal of CEVA is to permit students to complete the entire Caribbean Secondary Education and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination studies online.
ICT FEST 2012 BEGINS IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA—11/14/12
The yearly ICT Fest for 2012 has launched in Antigua and Barbuda. The country’s Information Minister Dr. Edmond Mansoor said that Antigua is well placed to lead the digital era in the Caribbean and is moving to introduce innovations and skilled personnel throughout the world. The launch of ICT Fest comes shortly after Digicel, the telecommunications firm, announced its 4G and LTE high-speed Internet platforms, which will allow the island nation to become the top ICT provider in the region.