Connecting Small Island States with Access to Data

05 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet as an Engine for Growth & Development


This year, 2014, has been declared the United Nations (UN) International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) celebrating their ‘vibrant and distinct cultures, diversity and heritage’ and recognising their people being ‘at the forefront of efforts to address pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge’.

The data that results from Internet access and mobile connectivity can aid better policy and programmes, to help SIDS improve internet governance, cybersecurity and resiliency in their countries. The development of a rich technological ecosystem for SIDS, which connects them with continents and the world is therefore important and data and access to information and technology which the internet facilitates can help to support this. SIDS must provide timely context-appropriate data directly to policy makers; data to software developers; and promote the generation and dissemination of data by the public and diaspora; and data-centric applications to consumers and development agencies. It follows that there is a direct link between the development of data infrastructure and internet governance mechanisms.

In addition, given privacy and ethical concerns and the vulnerability of these regions to information security breaches it is important that ways that these threats can be avoided through better internet governance mechanisms is addressed.

This workshop brings together a variety of stakeholders to discuss ways that Internet Governance frameworks relating to open data and big data can help to connect these unique states with each other, their diaspora communities and the rest of the world.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Patrick Hosein and Cintra Sooknanan
Advisory Group TTNIC

Patrick Hosein
Univeristy of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus
Developer of

Cintra Sooknanan
Civil Society
Chair Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter

Keisha C Taylor
Civil Society
Lead Technology Committee, Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (UK)

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report; and Internet Governance of Open Government Data and for Sustainable Development Workshop #78 2012

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 Minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#open_data #SIDS #connectivity #access #internet_stability

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Cintra Sooknanan, Civil Society, Trinidad and Tobago
Member, Multistakeholder Advisory Group of TTNIC and
Chair, Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (Contacted, Confirmed)

Keisha C Taylor, Civil Society, United Kingdom/Caribbean Diaspora
Lead Technology Committee, Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (UK) (Contacted, Confirmed)

Niel Harper, Civil Society, Barbados
Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders, Internet Society (Contacted, confirmed)

Bevil Wooding, Private Sector, Trinidad and Tobago
Internet Strategist, Packet Clearing House (Contacted, confirmed)

Patrick Hosein, Academia and Private Sector, Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC)
and Univeristy of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus
Developer of (Contacted, confirmed)

Matthew McNaughton, Technical Community, Jamaica
Executive Director, Slashroots (Contacted, Confirmed)

Anju Mangal, Technical Community, Fiji
Information and Knowledge Management Specialist/Coordinator, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) (Contacted, Confirmed)

Desiree Zachariah, Technical Community, Antigua and Barbuda
Country Based Specialist, Antigua and Barbuda and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) (Contacted, Confirmed)

Shita Laksmi, Civil Society, Indonesia
Program Manager, Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI)
Making All Voices Count (MAVC)

Name of Moderator(s)

Keisha C Taylor

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The Workshop will take the form of an interactive session with representative Workshop Panelists from the SIDS regions as well as stakeholder organisations. The following topic areas form the draft agenda as at 20 June 2014, and represent the minimum content anticipated to be covered during the workshop:

-Open data today in SIDS and critical open data requirements.

-How open data can assist with the challenges and opportunities brought about by emerging issues in SIDS.

-Evaluation of the need for capacity development in the areas of open data/opensource, security, intellectual property rights and privacy among SIDS.

-How open data activities could lead to better internet governance policies in SIDS.

-Policy issues related to Open data such as data standards and infrastructure access, data privacy and security.

-Ways that innovation can be encouraged through access to data in a way that benefits internet governance processes.

-How successful internet governance policies have spurred the use of open data and open source technology in other parts of the world (and vice versa).

-Exploration of how access to data can connect islands to each other and with the world.

-Development of an Action Plan and Research Agenda for moving forward.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (UK) members will be encouraged to join remotely and we will be asking other SIDS stakeholder groups to participate.

Background paper

background paper