May 02, 2016. HAVANA, Cuba—This week, Cuba is the tech capital of the region.
From May 2 to 6, some 700 technology experts and professionals from across the region gather in western Havana for the annual meeting of the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC).
LACNIC is one of five organisations worldwide responsible for managing the world’s Internet numbering resources.
This week’s meeting, called LACNIC 25, is one of the most important gatherings of the regional Internet community. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including cybersecurity, IPv6 deployment, regional interconnection, and several technical training workshops.
If the meeting is significant, its venue is all the more strategic. And it is not the first time that LACNIC chose to fly to Havana for its meetings. In 2003, the city hosted LACNIC 5. The decision to return to the Cuban capital coincides with a season of unprecedented change that goes beyond the country’s nascent telecommunications sector. The Geneva-based International
LACNIC 25 is being hosted jointly with the Cuban telecommunications company, ETECSA.
“It’s really great to be hosting everyone right here in Havana!” said Jorge Villa, manager of the national university network at the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education, on the opening day of the weeklong meeting at the downtown Havana Convention Centre.
Villa was on hand at LACNIC 23 in Lima, Peru, when LACNIC Executive Director Oscar Robles made the official announcement of the venue for LACNIC 25. The news was greeted with loud applause. This week, observers continue to hope that the regional meeting signals continued development of a robust and open Internet in Cuba.