Editorial

Digital Currency ….Should I care?
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Digital Currency ….Should I care?

Recently the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) minted Jamaica’s first batch of central bank digital currency (CBDC). A total of J230M dollars in CBDC will be issued to deposit-taking institutions and authorized payment service providers during the CBDC pilot exercise which ends in December. I know there are a lot of buzz words floating around and a lot of average citizens have no idea what this even means and if no one understands it then this will definitely reduce the adoption. Here are a few key terms: Digital currency is the generic term for money that exists in the digital space (non-physical form). It is also called digital money, electronic, electronic currency, or cybercash. Despite being non-physical, you will be able to purchase your daily goods & services. Central Bank Di...
Disruptive Technology banking/financial industry
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Disruptive Technology banking/financial industry

With this series I don't set out to be the bearer of novel solutions or brilliant ideas but just to spark conversations and thinking that could potentially lead to solutions, ideas and ways forward to potentially get these issues addressed. I don't know in the case of Jamaica if its the BOJ/GOJ and its policies or the banks themselves that has lead to the stagnation of the influx of technology in the industry, primarily as it relates how we as B2C and B2B interactions. Mobile banking has finally taken off in a way we might have intended it, but the world has developed more cutting edge/emerging technologies that have not been/minimally applied to Jamaica. Such as; Mobile Money End to End E-commerce transactions for Jamaican companies Mobile Wallets (Apple Pay/Google Pa...
Disruptive Technology
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Disruptive Technology

With this series I don't set out to be the bearer of novel solutions or brilliant ideas but just to spark conversations and thinking that could potentially lead to solutions, ideas and ways forward to potentially get these issues addressed. We have to be Progressive and Adaptive vs Conservative and Responsive. In a society where mechanical/lack of innovative ways are looked for in solving basic issues, we have to start some discourse among the population which then will permeate through the economy, organizations or the country. The Apple’s or Google’s of this world are continuing to push the edges of what is reality and what we deemed as fiction. Things 5 - 10 years ago which we would laugh at as fiction or fairy tail has in some way has become reality. Drones “Artificial...
Geezam! Barcelona Declaring Independence from Proprietary software
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Geezam! Barcelona Declaring Independence from Proprietary software

Just when I thought that the Catalonia referendum would have been the only surprise happening in Spain, the city of Barcelona is on a path to full technological independence. The mission has been dubbed the "full technological sovereignty" of Barcelona. According to Zdnet.com, they will be performing a full migration from proprietary to open source software by spring 2019.   What this migration entails? Their first step will be to target key application such as Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server. Those will be replaced with Open-Xchange servers. Microsoft Office suite maybe replaced with the more powerful tool, LibreOffice and Internet Explorer will be kicked to the curve by Firefox. Operating system level migration will be done at a later date and Ubuntu is said to be th...
Secure NIDS or else …
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Secure NIDS or else …

For the government, cybersecurity isn’t only a challenge—it’s a big obstacle to long-awaited digital transformation. Plus, the stakes are sky-high: Hacking public-sector information might imperil national security as well as citizens’ trust. Is our government up to the task? July 2015 - "The Office of Personnel Management in the US government said hackers stole “sensitive information,” including addresses, health and financial history, and other private details, from 19.7 million people " Sept 2017 - "143 million compromised Social Security numbers. Attackers stole half the US population's Social Security numbers from Equifax" 2020 - Jamaica's entire population NIDS data hacked...???? Will this be our fate? Budgets towards cybersecurity Bank of America Corp. spent $400 milli...
Securing Jamaica’s National Identification System with Blockchain Technology
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Securing Jamaica’s National Identification System with Blockchain Technology

Government organizations across the globe are exploring the use of blockchain technology to improve operations. The ability to record transactions on distributed ledgers offers new approaches for governments to improve transparency, prevent fraud and establish trust. According to a recent survey conducted by IBM and the Economic Intelligence Unit, government interest in blockchain is high: 9 in 10 government organizations plan to invest in blockchain for use in financial transaction management, asset management, contract management and regulatory compliance by 2018. 7 in 10 government executives predict blockchain will significantly disrupt the area of contract management. 14 percent of government organizations expect to have blockchains in production and at scale in 2017...
Tertiary Institutions in Jamaica should use more Open Source
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Tertiary Institutions in Jamaica should use more Open Source

Hi, welcome to another post in the series where I'm preaching the gospel of Open Source Software (OSS) to my fellow Jamaicans and today the focus is on Tertiary education. Tertiary institutions across the globe have been utilising Open Source to drive research and innovation. I believe that our local tertiary institutions should follow suit and become even more involved in this global shift in education, research and development.   In this post, we will be talking about the ways in which local universities may use OSS to operate more efficiently. Open Source has as unique advantage in offering benefits to not only the institution but also to the students and other relevant stakeholders. From my perspective these benefits based on three important pillars of open source: cost ...
It’s been 5 years since Cliff-Twang exclaimed: “Nobody Canna Cross It”
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It’s been 5 years since Cliff-Twang exclaimed: “Nobody Canna Cross It”

Believe it or not, it's now 5 years to the day that DJ Powa produced and shared a Youtube video that has cemented its place in Jamaica's social media folklore. Titled "Nobody Canna Cross It - Twanging (Refix Video) - DJ Powa"; the video created a social media firestorm that made short-lived stars out of Clifton Brown and DJ Powa. Dozens of radio, TV and newspaper interviews followed for both men as well as endorsement deals; even appearances on reggae/dancehall shows for Clifton. Putting Quirky Interviews to Music The remixing of interviews to music was all the rage back then with Antoine's "Bedroom Intruder" and Sweet Brown "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That" being international standouts but DJ Powa's "Nobody Canna Cross It" brought the phenomenon to Jamaica after a few trials with "Patty...