Message to Members and Biography
My name is Tracy Hackshaw. I am the present Chair of the Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter (ISOC-TT).
I am standing for re-election as Chair of the Chapter for the period 2019-21 and I am seeking your trust, confidence and support as we seek to grow from strength to strength and consolidate our position as the leading Chapter in the Caribbean. You will be pleased to know that our Chapter was recently awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Internet Society “in recognition of our exceptional performance and outstanding commitment to excellence in 2018”
It is my vision that ISOC-TT will not only continue to lead the Caribbean in our stance and activities on Internet-related issues, supporting and catalyzing the development of other Caribbean Chapters, but also the wider Latin American & Caribbean region … with the ultimate goal to become a gold standard for Chapters globally.
I am also invested in ensuring that the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter is peerlessly recognized by local and regional stakeholders as the preferred source for expertise and advice on issues related to Internet Policy, Governance and Technologies. To do this, I am counting on your renewed involvement, commitment and leadership for 2019-21 and beyond.
As we move forward in this upcoming period, the following key activities are top of mind for implementation. I believe that it is vitally important that as an organisation we focus on a few key activities, thereby not biting off more than we can chew or seeking to boil the ocean. However, having said that, it is important to involve the wider ISOC-TT membership in understanding which activities and areas they think the ISOC-TT Executive should focus on going forward. Here is the starting point for our future discussion:
- Expanding the local reach of ISOC-TT, recruiting new members from academia, the public and private sectors, civil society, with a special focus in youth
- Taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by our affiliation with our parent organisation – the Internet Society – by way of promoting and supporting more applications by individual members for grant funding and fellowships as well as continuing to develop our work on our flagship project(s) – safe.tt and STOP. THINK. CONNECT
- Deepening and widening our involvement locally, regionally, and internationally (see below) with our partners and established stakeholders to ensure we keep ISOC-TT in the forefront of the decision-making on Internet related policies.
Professionally, I am an ICT and Digital Economy Strategist from Trinidad and Tobago with close to 25 years’ local, regional and international work experience in the public and private sectors. I have been integrally involved in the design and implementation of several award-winning digital initiatives and I was proud to have represented Trinidad and Tobago in various international fora, including at the 2016 G77 Meeting of Experts on ICTs and Sustainable Development for South-South Cooperation, the Executive Management Committee of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative, a two-year term as Vice Chair of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) annual workshop coordination at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
I was the founding Vice Chair of the Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter in 2011 and I am a Director on the Boards of several Digital Sector startups as well as in the Trinidad & Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group, which convened the inaugural Trinidad and Tobago IGF in January 2017.
You can find more information about me:
I became a member of the Internet Society on May 1, 2002, and in addition to helping found the Chapter in 2011, I was a three-time Internet Society Ambassador to the United Nations IGF (2009, 2010 & 2012), and was one of four graduates of the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Programme to be profiled by the organization’s leadership. I was selected to attend the first-ever Global Chapter Leaders Workshop and Global INET in Geneva, Switzerland in 2012 as part of the Internet Society’s 20th Anniversary commemorative activities. I was also selected to be trained as an Internet Society Next Generation Leader (NGL) Expert Moderator and have since moderated several courses through the Internet Society’s e-Learning Platform. Most recently, I have been working with the Internet Society’s Youth@IGF Programme as a Coach and Mentor (2016, 2017 & 2018) working with hundreds of youth (18-25) around the world.
As the Vice Chair of the 1st Executive of the Trinidad & Tobago Chapter, I take great pride in documenting that we were instrumental in:
- Facilitating a discussion on new gTLDs in Trinidad & Tobago in 2012 with Sebastian Bachollet, a Director on the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN).
- Hosting the first ever INET in the English-speaking Caribbean in Trinidad & Tobago in 2014 (Livestream archive located at https://livestream.com/internetsociety/inet-trinidad-and-tobago?origin=event_published&mixpanel_id=136bcbdee9b6e-007947519-13134557-1fa400-136bcbdee9c115a&acc_id=9959248&medium=email)
- Hosting Remote Hubs for a series of regional and International related events
- Helping promote, as well as participate in the first ever Caribbean-hosted South School on Internet Governance in Trinidad & Tobago, including hosting international delegates on an evening excursion to Maracas Bay.
- Along with several other stakeholders, founding the Trinidad & Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG).
- As part the TTMAG, convened the inaugural Trinidad & Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF)
As Chair of the Chapter from 2017 to present, I am even more proud to say that we, among other achievements:
- Continued to grow our local Chapter Membership at a significant rate
- Hosted additional Remote Hubs for Internet Governance-related events as well as a landmark local node for ISOC’s 25th Anniversary and participated in InterCommunity events with our Members (see photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/YyLUq0eDKuyNnaWE3).
- Were awarded the Trinidad & Tobago partnership to curate and implement the global STOP. THINK. CONNECT Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign
- Launched both SAFE.TT and STOP. THINK. CONNECT in October 2018.
- As a member of the TTMAG, convened the 2018 and 2019 TTIGFs
- Were awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Internet Society “in recognition of our exceptional performance and outstanding commitment to excellence in 2018”
- Were invited to participate as Internet standards experts in the newly established National Technical Committee for Information & Communication Technology
I look forward to your support as we grow from strength to strength!