Message to Members and Biography

Good Day Fellow Members of ISOC-TT,

My name is Jacqueline Morris and  I humbly accept your nomination for the position of Vice Chair.

I have been a member of ISOC for many years. I was one of the original founding members of the ISOC-TT chapter. However, I was, at the time, very involved in ICANN and other Internet Governance organisations, and I did not have the time to properly devote myself to the ISOC-TT chapter in any leadership role. Over the years I have participated to the limits of my time, and I was extremely encouraged by the revitalization of the Chapter under the 2017-2019 Executive.

I realise that the goals of many of the Executive Members matched my own ideas, and when I decided to reduce my participation Internationally and focus on issues and participation closer to home, I was very excited to accept the nomination for Vice Chair of ISOC-TT.

My main focus in my Internet Governance work has always been outreach – to bring more new people into the fold. I also focus on increasing the participation of women and girls in the technology arena, and access to internet. These are some of the goals of ISOC, and I believe that my interest and experience will be extremely useful to ISOC-TT as we move forward to bigger and better things.

I firmly believe in the value of teamwork and inclusion, and am very interested in providing whatever support I can to the members as we grow and improve our participation in Internet Governance, Policy, and Technology.

If elected some of the things I would like the Chapter to achieve in 2019-2021 are:

– Increasing the participation of women and girls, as well as youth members.

– Developing an Education Sub-Committee that can provide easy access to information and learning materials to support the learning and growth of our membership.

–  Developing a Research Sub-Committee that can work with other Chapters and organizations in the Caribbean Region to ensure that we have reliable data to support grant applications and projects to ensure proper access to a free and open Internet.

-Working with other regional Chapters to improve the knowledge and ability of us all to improve outcomes of projects in the Region.

– Increasing collaboration with other Societies who have objectives and goals that match those of the Chapter.

– Developing a strong and sustainable Governance system for ISOC-TT that will allow the Chapter as an organization to be able to support the goals of the projects that we take on.

Biography

Jacqueline Morris is a University Lecturer, Researcher, Activist, and Internet Governance expert.

She sat on the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago MultiStakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG) as the representative of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, and currently sits as a Director on the Board of the National ICT Company of Trinidad and Tobago (iGovTT).

She has been a lecturer at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, in the fields of Education Technology and Instructional Design, at the Centre for Education Programmes. She has also lectured in Process Engineering. She has also spent many years training adults in ICT and Internet Governance, as well as focusing on increasing the participation of girls and women in technology fields.

She also works  in the fields of Internet Governance and ICT issues. She was an appointed member of ICANN ‘s At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) from 2005 to 2007, and was Chair of that committee in 2007. Under her chairmanship, the ALAC created 5 regional end-user organisations to ensure that ICANN’s policies were influenced by the views of the global community of Internet end users, submitted several policy commentaries and one major policy initiative to ICANN, as well as participated in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio, facilitating a workshop on IDNs.

She was the At Large’s liaison to the ccNSO at ICANN for 2007-2008, a member of the ALAC BCEC, Associate Chair of the ICANN NomCom in 2010-2011 and the member for At Large, LAC on the ICANN NomCom in 2011-2012. She was an active member in the ICANN ccNSO on behalf of the .tt ccTLDin 2017-2018. She also participates in the IGF and ICANN as a member of several Working Groups. She was a major participant in creating the TTMAG and the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF), and supports and works with other regional Internet Governance Fora.

She was a founding member of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Gender Caucus in 2002 and was appointed a member of the United Nations’ Expert Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) in 2004.

She has also been very involved in developing Caribbean participation in these international fora, having been pivotal in the formation of the LACRALO – ICANN’s first Regional End-User Organisation when she was Chair of the ICANN ALAC, as well as the TTIGF in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the first national IGF in the English speaking Caribbean.

She is a qualified researcher, with several published papers. Her main research interests are Internet in Education, Community Education, and Multistakeholder Participation in Governance.