About the TTCS

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt/ ) is a computer user group formed in 1997. We:

  • are a forum where computers, related technologies and related social issues are discussed;
  • keep current with the events in the local Information Technology and telecommunications industries ;
  • “Network local computer users” so that they can share knowledge and improve upon their experiences with modern technology.
  • hold membership in several international organisations and advise on technology issues in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.

We have regular meetings, mailing lists, and our website and presence on Facebook , Twitter and Google+.

We also maintain a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows called the TTCS OSSWIN.

We welcome anyone interested in computing and the Internet, regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use, to participate in our activities.

To keep up to date about TTCS activities, please join our announcement mailing list

June 17 2018 updates to TTCS OSSWIN online, an online resource of Free and Open Source Software (#FOSS) for Windows

TTCS OSSWIN online screenshot

TTCS OSSWIN online (http://ttcsosswin.ttcs.tt/) is a online resource of Free and Open Source Software for Windows 7/8/10 put together by the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society for any Windows user to discover software organised in various categories that can be downloaded and installed. Each program has a description along with screenshots and / or videos of the program in action.

What was updated on June 17 2018 :

Added : draw.io, mDesktop.

Removed : Dia, Finestra Virtual Desktops

Updated : replaced over a dozen screenshots of programs running in Windows XP with screenshots of those programs running in Windows 10 ; added videos for mDesktop and Really Slick Screensavers.


Draft TTCS followup comments on the Trinidad and Tobago Cybercrime Bill 2017 – please review!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt) presented its comments on the Cybercrime BIll 2017 before the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s Joint Select Committee of the Cybercrime Bill (JSC) at their Sixth Meeting of the JSC on Thursday May 17, 2018.

You can read the TTCS comments on the Cybercrime Bill 2017 and watch the recording of the Sixth Meeting of the JSC on YouTube.

The TTCS is drafting a followup response to the JSC as it relates to clause 18 of the Bill (“Causing harm by communication using a computer system”).

Please view and comment on the draft TTCS followup response to the JSC dated June 11 2018. You do not need a Google account to comment and we are seeking to submit this by Wednesday or earlier.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society Lime [Cybercrime Bill follow-up to JSC] on **Monday** June 4 2018 from 7 to 9:30 pm; please RSVP!

Following the submission of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s comments on the Cybercrime Bill 2017 and presentation to the Joint Select Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament (JSC) in May, the Committee has asked the TTCS for specific follow-up on some of our comments, specifically on Clause 18 re: Cyberbullying and the use of satire and parody as a form of cyberbullying.

We will be having a lime on Monday June 4th 2018 from 7pm to 9:30 pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain to discuss this issue and help formulate our response as a group. Please come prepared with your comments and contributions to the discussion. If you are unable to attend, please make every effort to provide your input via the mailing list.

Additionally, given enough time, we may tackle discussion on Uber’s decision to pull out of Trinidad and Tobago.

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s crime records management system accessible by all Trinidad and Tobago police stations

(Credit: pixabay.com)

According to a May 24 2018 news report from C News, Acting Senior Superintendent McDonald Jacob spoke at a police townhall meeting in Rio Claro on how the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is using technology :

“The Police Service now has a records management database. This records management database is linked to all police stations throughout Trinidad and Tobago and that is the reason why when you go to the station and the police is taking a report from you, you will see them with a long form that some people talk about which is a coded form that the officers will just tick off certain information or write in certain information. That is to cater for the database.”

According to C News, data specialists then enter the information in the records management database.

Acting Senior Superintendent McDonald Jacob further noted :

“..2008, the police service introduced crime analysts for the purpose of going on that said database, pulling all of that information and doing victim profiling, offender profiling and all some of the work you may see on the television is being done by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, so we in fact have technology, we have that linkage, that networking to all the stations. What we don’t have is the computer in the vehicles where the officers can go on a computer in the vehicle and do checks like what you may all see on television.”

Watch the C News report with video.


14th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) from May 21 to 23 2018 in Suriname – how to watch online

The 14th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is taking place from the 21st to 23rd May 2018 at the Torarica Hotel and Casino in Paramaribo, Suriname.

The CTU’s CIGF event page at http://www.ctu.int/events/14th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum-suriname/ has a provisional agenda and persons will be able to watch and participate online via Livestream at https://livestream.com/internetsociety2/cigf2018

When reading the agenda, please note the time in Suriname is 1 hour LATER than the time in Trinidad and Tobago. So an advertised session at 1:30pm in Suriname is 12:30pm in Trinidad and Tobago.

CIGF Background

The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the CTU and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance. The forum has since met annually and the primary
products of its work have been the formulation and implementation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework.

The 14th CIGF will provide a regional platform to highlight and address current Internet governance issues of Caribbean and global prominence, such as data protection/privacy, social media and network/service resiliency, towards building consensus on appropriate Caribbean approaches and formulating action plans for advancing Caribbean interests.