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Talking DNS Business in the Caribbean: The Launch of VDECC

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In terms of Internet, one may say that Port of Spain is the equivalent of Montevideo in the Caribbean region. Why? Because the capital of Trinidad & Tobago is the proud host of key organizations that serve the entire region in the digital development agenda. This is the home of many institutions dedicated to the Caribbean region including the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), CANTO (a non-profit association made up of operators, organizations, companies and individuals in the Information and Communications Technology sector) and the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG). Together, they are our partners in a new initiative called VDECC: Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean, along with the Latin American and Caribbean Association of ccTLDs (LACTLD).

VDECC was launched last 19 February 2018 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. The initiative aims at building capacity for Caribbean entrepreneurs, and serving as a knowledge and networking resource on digital business opportunities tailored to the region. As a virtual organization, VDECC will make use of online tools to develop its programs, without the need of a physical location.

During the first event, we explored two main topics: "What is a good website and domain name?" and "How to provide sustainable services with Internet tools." We are thankful to the speakers from, Punto2012, ICT pro TT, TTNIC, eMagine, Forward Multimedia and Carigamers for their brilliant presentations and discussions that will soon be posted at

VDECC is one of the key projects of the LAC Strategy Plan and we will keep working with our partners and community working groups on the 2018 agenda for the virtual center. Join us in this journey!

For additional information, take a look at some of the coverage of the VDECC launching:

ICANN Spearheading Launch of Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center of the Caribbean – Circle ID

ICANN Spearheads Initiative to Build Internet Economy in the Caribbean – Caribbean 360


New Scheme to Teach Caribbean Business People How to Maximize Web Presence – The Kitts Nevis Observer


    Domain Name System
    Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."