LACNIC in 2014
Starting in February, LACNIC organized a series of visits and meetings with officials and businessmen in different Latin American and Caribbean countries. These visits and meetings aimed at creating awareness on the exhaustion of the regional pool of available IPv4 addresses and providing information on the technological changes that need to be implemented in relation to IPv6 so that the Internet can continue to grow.
In May, the region’s pool of available IPv4 addresses reached the 8.3 million limit and Latin America and the Caribbean entered the IPv4 exhaustion stage. This triggered a global policy for the IANA, the organization that oversees the global assignment of IP addresses in accordance with the five Regional Internet Registries.
“An historic moment”
More restrictive resource allocation policies came into force in June, once the stock of IPv4 addresses (4,194,302 addresses) was officially exhausted. Raúl Echeberría, LACNIC’s CEO at the time, considered it to be “an historic moment.”
Five initiatives that in the past year contributed to the development of the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean were presented with LACNIC’s FRIDA+ Awards.
In 2014, four ICT projects received a “Start-Up” award. Each of the four projects received up to USD 14,000.
FRIDA, an initiative that promotes digital inclusion throughout the region, also awarded grants to six of the research projects submitted during the 2014 call for proposals. Grant recipients received a total of over USD 120 thousand.
Haiti on the Move
During its second year of activities, Ayitic helped strengthen the technical skills of more than 200 Haitian information and communications technology students and professionals. Ayitic “Internet for Development” is a LACNIC initiative supported by the Internet Society, Google, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, ICANN, and NSRC.
LACIGF: A Model to Be Followed
More than 150 representatives from 21 different Latin American and Caribbean countries participated in the seventh Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (lacIGF) held this year in El Salvador.
On World Internet Day, LACNIC emphasized the sustained and steady development of Information and Communication Technologies within the region, home to more than 10% of the world’s Internet users, and reaffirmed its commitment to working towards a stable, secure, open, and participatory Internet.
During the 2014 JIAP meeting, one of the most important technology events to be held in Uruguay, LACNIC President Oscar Messano spoke about the challenge of balancing profitability and developing connectivity to ensure access to broadband.
LACNIC welcomed Montevideo Valley, an initiative that seeks to bring together the Uruguayan community of entrepreneurs and professionals involved in information technology (IT).
Lifetime Achievement Award
Italian engineer Ermanno Pietrosemoli received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 2009, each year LACNIC has honored those individuals who have permanently and significantly contributed to the development of the Internet and the Information Society in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Leaving a Mark
On 30 June, Raúl Echeberría resigned his position as LACNIC’s CEO, a position he held for 12 years. Echeberría was part of the group that initially began working on the creation of LACNIC back in 1998. In June 2002, he formally joined LACNIC’s Interim Board of Directors, which he chaired until November 2002.
From Mexico to Chile
During the months of May and October, respectively, Cancun (Mexico) and Santiago (Chile) welcomed the LACNIC community to discuss key issues related to the region’s Internet. More than 400 experts and professionals representing private companies, organizations, governments, and Latin American and Caribbean universities participated in each of these meetings.
Always Aiming Higher
According to a study conducted by Merco Plus Latin America, LACNIC members are highly satisfied with the work and services provided by the organization responsible for managing internet numbering resources for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The New Internet
Held in Brazil with significant involvement on the part of LACNIC, the NetMundial summit demanded that the Internet be managed in a multistakeholder manner as a step towards reducing the United States’ hegemony over the Internet.
After a long consultation process, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet community concluded a fruitful discussion by providing input and contributions for the new stewardship of the IANA functions relating to the management of Internet number resources.
LACNIC launched a computer security incident response coordination center for the members of its community. This team will coordinate and facilitate incident handling so that the members of the regional community can manage their computer security issues and gain access to confidential information regarding latent threats in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Among the Best
For the third consecutive year, Great Place to Work ranked LACNIC among the top ten companies to work for in the category of up to 150 employees.