Authentication solution for people with disabilities wins 1st prize at Kaleidoscope 2019

By ITU News Phillip H. Griffin from the U.S. has claimed 1st prize at Kaleidoscope 2019 for a proposal to extend the password-based ‘shared secret’ model of authentication with other authentication factors, such as biometrics. The proposal aims to support universal access to digital health services, recognizing that disabilities can sometimes form a barrier to the use of passwords. All […]

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The next big leap: How quantum physics will shape technology

By ITU News At one minute to midnight on 31 December 1999, the world held its breath as we entered the new millennium. The Y2K bug – a computer flaw that was the result of a widely used computer programming shortcut – was expected to cause widespread chaos to computer systems around the world; industries and national infrastructures such as […]

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How the ‘MyEyes’ app makes key destinations in Portugal navigable for the visually impaired

By ITU News Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the Shrine of Fatima, roughly 125 km north of Lisbon, Portugal. But, the popular pilgrim site was inaccessible to blind or visually impaired visitors – so they decided to put up braille information signs at points of interest for blind people to enjoy the site. But this presented a […]

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Tech for public health: Kameleon’s Community Tablet (VIDEO)

By ITU News Dayn Amade is the founder of Kameleon, a company from Mozambique empowering rural communities with digital learning platforms through TABLET Comunitário, or Community Tablet. In an interview with ITU this week at the ITU Telecom World event in Budapest, Mr Amade cites the reality of an increasingly digitized world and how the internet has become the first […]

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5G dominates debate at CTO meeting in Budapest

By ITU News Industry collaboration will be key to security in the 5G era. The sharing of network infrastructure could help operators to deliver new services faster, at lower cost. 5G continues to highlight the necessity of investment in all-fibre networks. Machine Learning is certain to form part of our 5G future. These were among the key conclusions of a […]

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Leaving no one behind: Niger’s Smart Villages Project

By Hani Eskandar, ICT Applications Coordinator for ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau It is by no means strange that the most ambitious and innovative initiatives come from those who need them most. Take Niger, for example. The landlocked country is 70 per cent desert and more than 80 per cent of its population live in rural areas. The country’s economy is largely based […]

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Connectivity from the stratosphere

By Sophie Thomas, Zephyr Programme Manager, Airbus Zephyr has made stratospheric flight a reality On 11 July 2018, a Zephyr S aircraft took off on its maiden flight in Arizona. It flew for 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes, marking the longest flight duration ever achieved without re-fuelling. The Zephyr aircraft has also flown in excess of 74 000 […]

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