Taran Rampersad

Gender Male
Age -
Region Latin America
Nationality Trinidad and Tobago
Residence Trinidad and Tobago
Languages English
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Endorsed by Telecentres WG

Endorsing statement

Mr. Rampersad
- Is involved with Caribbean ICT, including Cultural issues (CARDICIS) and continued work relating to ICT infrastructure as it applies to emergency situations. Telecenters form a major part of this work;
- Writes about issues related to Internet Governance on various websites and participated in related email lists, and advocates solutions which will assist the developing world;
- Is an Editor of 2 online magazines for Specialized Systems Consultants (Linux Gazette.com, A42.com) and a voluntary contributor to WorldChanging.com and the Wikipedia, as well as his own personal websites.
- Understands the present systems of the Internet at a technical level (he is a software developer) and is well informed on legal issues related to the Internet itself.
- Volunteers time when possible to assist in computer literacy endeavours, and is therefore grounded in the community and the needs of the community. As a former instructor at the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies, is is also sensitized to the needs of business.

Though an Editor of online magazines, the nature of the relationship of the magazines with the public is not that of the Industry as much as that of the Community - the online magazines are accessible at no cost and are community driven. Therefore, Mr. Rampersad claims Civil Society status. He participates in the Telecentre Caucus; the Latin American Caucus; the WSIS Patent, Copyright and Trademark Office; and participates in many other email lists related directly to Civil Society. Taran Rampersad is American by birth, and a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago by naturalization. He has spent the majority of his life in Trinidad and Tobago (including his education), and resides there now. English is, at present, his only language.