The other day I was at the Ministry of Work in David and while I was waiting I turned on my iPad. A wireless provider came up called InternetparaTodos. When I clicked on it, I saw that it was associated with the government of Panama. It requested me to put in my name and email address before it would connect.
This session is to replace a password sign-on process, I assume, because that would require someone to pass out the password. I really don’t understand how they are implementing it and how they are protecting against electronic sniffers monitoring your session.
When I finally connected, I immediately activated my VPN and knew I was now safe. The connection was definitely not the fastest wireless connection I have ever been on. It also may not have been the slowest, but it is closer to the slowest than the fastest.
This is one of President Martinelli’s gifts to Panama and I have to admit, it does provide Internet to many for zero cost. I was surprised to have an Internet connection in this Government agency and was directed to a site that showed all of the wireless “InternetparaTodos” connections in Chiriquí. The goal of this program is that every Panamanian has free access to the Internet. That is quite a goal and it is obviously underway.
I had heard of this project before, but this was the first time I had found sites in Chiriquí. I salute Panama for making the Internet more available. When many countries want to limit their people’s access to information, Panama is trying to increase it.