This May 17th the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry (LACNIC) joins in the celebrations of the World Internet and Information Society Day, permanently sponsoring numerous regional actions, such as the ones being carried out with the FRIDA Program (Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean), which has already selected and provided support to 26 research projects presented by researchers from 13 different countries, and the +Raices Project that aims at installing up to seven anycast copies of the F root server within LACNIC’s service region, the first three of which have already been installed. These two projects are being implemented jointly with other important organizations. In addition, LACNIC also provides support for training human resources at the WALC meetings that are held each year in different Latin American countries with the goal of training administrators and technicians for the region, as well as the permanent organization of regional fora on issues having to do with security, interconnection and the deployment of the new IPv6 Internet protocol.
During a brief meeting held this morning in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the brand-new headquarters of LACNIC – the International Organization in charge of the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean, Raul Echeberria, the organization’s Executive Director, repeated his call for greater institutional participation in the countries of the region to accelerate the process of inclusion of Latin America’s least favored sectors within the information society. “We are moving in the right direction, though perhaps not at the speed we would desire, and our institution’s efforts are fully committed to helping speed up as much as possible these processes."
"We must work even harder on the inclusion processes in order to benefit and make services more accessible to users, thus generating greater economic and social development in Latin America,” he concluded.
"The concepts necessary for the plausible implementation of any new tool within the region take a long time to create and debate, and implementing these tools and bringing them to the population is not an easy task. It is, however, a task we must promote and help materialize,” said Oscar Messano, Chairman of LACNIC, adding that “the vast number of activities that are being carried out within the region facilitate a better knowledge of the technology and allows its application.”
“We must be involved in governance systems so that they can facilitate Internet development and do not become obstacles themselves,” said Mr Echeberria.
Thus, LACNIC joins the celebration of Internet Day, which was celebrated for the first time on October 25, 2005. Soon after, the World summit on the Information Society, held in Tunis in November 2005, decided to propose to the world the designation of May 17th as World Information Society Day.
For the first time this year, more than 1500 actions are being carried out in 22 countries to celebrate and share the advantages of the Information society and knowledge on the group of national and international networks that make up the Internet. All around out region user organizations, state organizations, civil society organizations, chambers of commerce, schools, and universities are joining in the celebrations by sharing their knowledge on these new technologies with the members of society.
LACNIC maintains approximately 20 mailing lists that are open to the participation of all those interested in doing so, including mailing lists on Policies and Procedures, Network Security, and the NAPLA Mailing List (for discussing the operation of NAPs – network access points). It is also a platform for numerous meetings of regional organizations such as the ones that will be held at Isla Margarita, Venezuela, from May 21-25, 2007, at the Hesperia Isla Margarita Hotel, which will be hosted by the National Center of Information Technologies, CNTI of Venezuela, during the LACNIC X meeting.
LACNIC, an organization with headquarters located in Montevideo, is the organization that administrates IP address space, Autonomous System Numbers (ASN), reverse resolution and other resources for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) on behalf of the Internet community.