Internet professionals gather to discuss connectivity in Latin America, Caribbean

Striving to expand internet capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean, over 735 professionals gathered recently in Foz de Iguacu, Brazil, for the LACNIC 27 summit featuring panelist discussions and assessing latest industry progress.

Discussion centered on the IPv6 protocol,e latest version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications platform designated to replace IPv4. Warder Maia, president of LACNIC, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry, which serves as one of four internet registries providing and maintaining IP addresses across the region), said in a release that internet penetration in Latin America and the Caribbean has reached 59.6 percent, representing 385 million users.

"It's a reason for pride, and at the same time a double challenge, because we have to connect those who are not connected, while keeping on the Web those who are already there," Maia said in the release.

IPv6 not only signifies stronger connections to industry itself, or the Internet of Things (IoT), Maia said, but it also means the capacity to connect with the 40 percent of the population still without internet. Additionally, he said that LACNIC is focused on building a regional registry tool customized to the needs of Latin American and Caribbean consumers.

This year’s event included an appearance by ICANN CEO Göran Marby and other industry leaders; accounts of successful practices; introduction of anti-abuse measures for combating adverse online activity, and discussion highlighting women’s growing role in IT.

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