A Trinidadian technology specialist was the lone representative from the Caribbean to participate in a major Internet event, held recently at a high security data center in Culpeper, Virginia, United States. Bevil Wooding was selected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to serve as one of 21 trusted community representative (TCRs) to participate in the KSK process. The role of the TCR is to participate in the key generation, key back-up and key signing process for the root to ensure its neutrality and security.
Wooding, an Internet pioneer in Trinidad and currently one of the region's leading voices for the use of technology for Caribbean development, is the chief knowledge officer at Congress WBN, an international non-profit organisation founded in Trinidad and now operating in more than 95 countries. ICANN hosted the eight-hour ceremony in a secure facility in Virginia, during which participants witnessed the process required to ensure that the so-called key-signing-key (KSK) was generated correctly. ICANN also ensured that every aspect of the equipment, software and procedures associated with its generation were verified to be acceptable and trustworthy. A main objective of the ceremony was to ensure that there is widespread confidence throughout the technical Internet community that the root zone, once signed, can be relied upon.
"It was a privilege to represent the region in such an historic event. The fact that the Caribbean was invited to participate in this important milestone for the Internet is testament to priority the Internet community places on regional participation," said Wooding. Wooding wears many hats. He serves as an outreach manager for US-based non-governmental organisation, Packet Clearing House, and is jointly responsible for the highly successful Caribbean ICT Roadshow. He is one of the early adopters of the Internet in T&T and, as a co-founder of software development pioneer, Teleios Systems, was responsible for has numerous Web development projects, most notably for the Government and the Commonwealth Secretariat, based in London. He has facilitated seminars and workshops on e-government, strategic management and the Internet in the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.