Tech startups join AI for Good Innovation Factory with live pitching

By ITU News At the first AI for Good Innovation Factory Live Pitching Session last week, tech startup entrepreneurs had 4 minutes each to pitch their artificial intelligence (AI) project remotely to a team of mentors. During the webinar, 5 entrepreneurs had the opportunity to showcase their tech startup projects, whose solutions aim to accelerate our progress to meet any one […]

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COVID-19: How can AI help fight hunger and food insecurity?

By ITU News For decades, the number of hungry people was declining. This isn’t true anymore. The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on food systems. But even before COVID-19 began to affect food systems and agricultural livelihoods, 135 million people were already facing acute food insecurity. The World Food Programme’s 2020 Global Report on Food Crises describes the […]

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Digital technology-led recovery in Asia and the Pacific

By Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific I joined the ITU Regional Office at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In responding to the pandemic and planning recovery, digital technology and connectivity have gained increasing recognition as an effective tool to tackle challenges in the health sector and ensure the continuation of essential social and […]

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In India, the opportunities and challenges of telemedicine during COVID-19 – and longer term

By ITU News Following the outbreak of COVID-19, India’s government launched new telemedicine guidance to help healthcare professionals and the ICT industry provide medical services to the population during lockdown. But how can these systems be put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 benefit medical staff and patients in the long-term? ITU News spoke to John Oommen, a […]

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Combatting climate change with frontier technologies

by Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, frontier technologies are playing a pivotal role in slowing the spread of this global pandemic. A new ITU/UN report – “Frontier technologies to protect the environment and tackle climate change” – highlights how these frontier technologies are also being used to accelerate solutions to address another […]

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How open data can give Nigerian innovation a facelift going forward

The impact of the pandemic and lockdown demands a lot of innovation from entrepreneurs, a process that might be eased with the creation of transparent and open government data across different public sectors.

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International standardization in virtual space: ITU’s decisive response to COVID-19

By Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau ITU standards provide the technical foundations of the global ICT ecosystem, binding together the rich diversity of ICT networks, devices and services that have become so essential to business and daily life. These standards are developed iteration by iteration, consensus decision by consensus decision, propelled by the contributions and associated […]

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Fact check: Sealed Jumia warehouse reopened, deliveries still ongoing

The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency recently announced sealing off a Jumia warehouse in Lagos, but insider sources reveal that it has since been unsealed and essential items are still being delivered.

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German investment firm, Rocket Internet, sells off stake in Jumia

Roughly a year after its IPO in 2019, Africa's largest eCommerce platform, Jumia, looks set for another phase as its parent company, Rocket Internet, sells off its remaining shares in the firm.

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