Tag: jamaica

Jamaica You’ve Been Pwned!
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Jamaica You’ve Been Pwned!

They say all publicity is good publicity. Recently, Jamaica was on the front page of the world news on multiple occasions, this time it was for the wrong reason. Due to few security vulnerabilities with their COVID app, we were the talk of the town. I won't go into the politics of how the Jamaican Government handled the matter, as the Tech Crunch did an excellent job documenting the sequence of events. Feel free to catch up here, here and here for details of how the country messed up not once, twice but three times. The public relations team muddied the water even more. Feel free to also find informal write up from Zack on Twitter. I do hope you get the picture of how serious this issue has been and the ramification to the Jamaican economy at large. But the purpose of this article i...
Jamaican government contractor Amber Group allegedly exposes COVID-19 test results and private data of travelers
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Jamaican government contractor Amber Group allegedly exposes COVID-19 test results and private data of travelers

A humiliating security lapse with far-reaching consequences and effects has been reported by TechCrunch involving Amber Group. Amber Group were contracted by the Jamaican government to develop the JamCOVID19 website and app. Functionality includes publishing daily coronavirus figures, self-reporting of symptoms and pre-approval of travel applications after uploading a negative COVID-19. Jamaica’s immigration website exposed TechCrunch further reports that the Amazon Web Services server used to store the data was left unsecured without a password exposing all its contents such as: immigration documents including the traveller’s name, date of birth and passport numbers quarantine orders travellers’ signatures Jamaican passport, immigration and citizenship agency data 1...
How COVID-19 information is being shared by Governments in Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago
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How COVID-19 information is being shared by Governments in Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago

The COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic is now its second year. Caribbean governments were all caught off guard as their tourism-dependent economies wrestled with closing borders vs foreign exchange revenue and the economy. In time, however, the way in which the Caribbean governments shared information improved. So let us take a look at how COVID-19 information is being shared by Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados Barbados is taking a three-pronged approach with the Ministery of Health and Wellness publishing COVID-19 reports, The Ministry of Tourism explaining entry protocols and steps to enter Barbados and the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) sharing information. The Bahamas In the Bahamas, the Ministry of Health is sharing detailed inform...
JW Basics – aiming to improve Online Shopping in Jamaica
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JW Basics – aiming to improve Online Shopping in Jamaica

JW Basics (jwbasics.com) is a home-based Online Shopping Company that offers guaranteed 1 - 2 Business Day(s) Islandwide Door Delivery on all orders in Jamaica. They feature a rich, easy-to-use, multi-seller platform, that is geared towards a better buying experience and support for Jamaican retailers, by providing a centralized, secure and trusted platform to do business. They currently feature items in Clothing, Electronics, Appliances, Beauty Supplies and more. Their vision is to debunk the stigma against online shopping businesses in Jamaica by creating a well-known and trusted brand, safe for Jamaican consumers. Flexible and secure By using JW Basics, customers are able to conveniently shop safely from their home or office, take advantage of discounts and free coupon codes, purc...
How Can We Help The Open Data Initiative?
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How Can We Help The Open Data Initiative?

  As a country, we are very good at starting projects, but the challenge is in the maintenance phase. Are we under a spell? We tend to put little effort in maintaining projects for one reason or another. Take for example the JUTC bus park downtown or the multipurpose stadium. I'm seeking your help as we can't let the Open Data Initiative suffer the same faith. Jamaica has made some significant strides in getting the project off the ground. We are the first in a total of five (5) Caribbean countries to get the ball rolling. The purpose of this article is to reignite the debate around this critical piece of legislation and to encourage public debate.   Mic check. Mic check 1...3 After the official launch by the previous MSTEM Minister (A. Wheatley) of the Open Data P...
ShipMe releases Android and iOS apps
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ShipMe releases Android and iOS apps

ShipMe has recently launched its Android and iOS App. Use the ShipMe Mobile app to get shipping estimates, upload attachments, view invoices, schedule deliveries, schedule express pickups, and check-in at your ShipMe store. If users need an account they can signup directly from the app. Have all your package updates and other important notifications, pushed directly to your phone so you'll never have to miss another notification! ShipMe Mobile Apps Key Features Sign up for a ShipMe Account Get Shipping and Customs Duty estimates Create and cancel Pre-Alerts Pay for shipments online Schedule deliveries Schedule in-store pickups Track the status of your shipments Track your delivery driver's progress Receive push notification updates on your shipments Upload invoices and other...
Jamaica Esports Initiative first Caribbean body to join International e-Sports Federation
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Jamaica Esports Initiative first Caribbean body to join International e-Sports Federation

The Jamaica Esports Initiative (JEI) has become the first Caribbean federation to be granted membership to the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF). Founded in July 2018, the JEI comprises approximately 700 gamers and the leading esports influencers in Jamaica. “We are enthusiastic about our acceptance into the IeSF, as it presents Jamaica as a forerunner for esports development in our region,” said Andrew Johnson, JEI vice president. International e-Sports Federation membership, grants Jamaica the opportunity to compete with 55 other countries in the body’s annual world championships. Other benefits include participation in international esports development workshops, a vote on global esports decisions as well as the ability to stage esports world championships in Jamaica. The IeS...
PUBG Mobile remains prodigious in Jamaica
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PUBG Mobile remains prodigious in Jamaica

PlayerUnknown's Battleground Mobile (aka PUBG Mobile) has been around for almost two years and it keeps getting better and better as its popularity is spreading among Jamaican teens and young adults whether in Universities or High schools alike. To break it down, PUBG Mobile is an online multiplayer battle royal where a player, or group of players, takes part in militant battles against NPCs and other players on large maps consisting of realistic weapons and gadgets associated with them. Gadgets include scopes, recoil arms, extended magazines, quick reload magazines etc. These all aid in the fun, but serious, game-play which is themed the last man or team standing. There are continuous updates, whether they are new weapons, maps or outfits based on the current season. Maps   Curr...