MONTEVIDEO – Lacnic 28-Lacnog 2017, the biggest Internet event for Latin America and the Caribbean and a forum where online security and privacy issues will be discussed, began on Tuesday in Montevideo with at least 450 participants from 32 countries.
“It’s quite a technical event, but we want this to have an impact on the Internet in the region and obviously on the lives of Latin Americans,” Oscar Robles, the CEO of the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Center (Lacnic), one of the conference’s organizers, told EFE.
The idea for the meeting – which will run until Friday and which is also being organized by Uruguay’s state-run telecommunications company, Antel, and its Agesic government agency for computing and knowledge – is to provide a forum for the discussion of current online issues including, security, privacy, the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and regulation.
Some of the challenges to be debated at the event – including “regional Internet, cybersecurity, Web growth and access for everyone” – will be dealt with at forums and discussion sessions where participants will determine what works online and what should be discarded, Robles explained.
Also participating in the event will be the president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Steve Crocker, and cybersecurity expert Paul Twomey, the promoter of the Cybergreen Initiative, among others.
Crocker will discuss online innovation and the Internet’s future, while Twomey will give a presentation about how governments can deal with gaps in the market and improve the health of the cyber-ecosystem.
The forum is being undertaken as part of the celebration of Lacnic’s 25th anniversary.
The event will also provide a forum for the Internet Society (ISOC) to discuss the future of the internet, and the organization will present a panel discussion of whether the Internet provides everyone in society with equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from the Web.
Agesic and Lacnic will also organize a “hackathon” so that Web operators may work with programmers and other users to develop new online tools.