Person Profile - Ajmal Nazir, Technologist

Ajmal is speaking at the upcoming ICT Pro TT conference. His session is entitled "What is blockchain and decentralisation, and what does it mean for everyone". Blockchain and related Bitcoin and cryptocurrency are hot topics these days and I am guessing his session will get a lot of interest. I listened to him at the recent TTIGF forum and I feel like he is well positioned to speak on this.

His speaker profile highlights his formal education and various work he has done in the local (Trinidad) tech space. What caught my attention was his work with TATT and TTNIC. TATT is lacking in many areas especially from where I sit as a local tech blogger and they need to better respond to feedback and better manage their communications channels. TTNIC charges too much for .tt domain names and purchasing and managing a .tt domain name is too much of a hassle and not competitive. These things are hampering uptake and means we are not fully utilising our ccTLD and being denied the benefits of this. TTNIC has explanations, none of which I am buying. The other of his work that caught my attention was with TTIX. I applaud the progress made with this and the usefulness of this. From my questions to Ajmal I learnt that a second IXP was built in south for redundancy and also to be used by the niche operators in that area and an upcoming agenda item is for TTIX to apply for and receive its own IP address space (IPv4 and IPv6) and ASNs.

I asked him, "What are 5 concrete things we should do right now in the tech space in Trinidad and Tobago?" and this was his response, "Make use of the USF; Embrace blockchain; Introduce programming skills at school; Push e-governance harder, currently there is too little and too slowly; Make public sector data available to the public (open data policy)" and I agree with all of these. I also asked him about the snail pace roll-out of IPv6 in Trinidad. He thinks that there is little value in moving faster. He also mentioned that customers that want to get IPv6 are able to do so and this I did not know and will research.

His connection with Trinidad started in 2004 through work and investment. Since then he has been back and fourth and in the last 5 years he has settled down and started a family, making Trinidad his home. A main focus for him speaking at the conference on blockchain is to create dialogue and initiate thinking beyond that of what is current. He says he keeps up-to-date about the tech space in Trinidad through his work and his professional network. I applaud him for his participation in the local tech space and taking the time to help me get this blog post done. If you want to see more blog posts in this format let me know. This was a first for the blog and somewhat of an experiment.