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.

8 thoughts on “InternetparaTodos

  1. Yes, it is already about a year. I used it in airports, public office and I believe in the main square in David. Once you signed in the first time, it will not ask anymore to sign. It just recognizes the computer. Good isn’t it?

  2. For those who wonder what VPN really stands for or for those who find a plethora of anachronisms challenging look to

    This is a public service.

    Now I have to see if I have the ability to have a VPN on my laptop. Not to worried on the desktop since it is very local and a secured network.

  3. Don: Yes I have been using the govt. site Internet Para Todos for months. It saves me trips to the internet cafes.

    I am right on the park so it works well for me. Well, works well is a poor choice of words. You are right, it is slow. Plus there is a lot of fluxtuation in the signal strength and speed. I have also learned to save any messages before I hit the ‘send’ button because I may be no longer connected as lose my work when it redirects me to the sign-in page instead of sending the msg.

    The government also blocks a lot of sites. I can understand XX-rated sites (I guess), but YouTube? I have about 40 music videos made up of my photos/music on YouTube and can not check on them, or respond when people comment on them (frustrating). Have the same problem of course if someone sends me a YouTube link as an email attachment. In short it looks like the site is configured to block any traffic that it can not identify as well.

    I am glad to hear you say that your VPN works with the site. I have been intending to ask you about that. Do you know if the VPN will overcome the access problems I outline above?

    Thanks for the info.

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