Building an inclusive digital ecosystem for Earth

by Theadora Mills, Communications Officer at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat As part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2020, co-organized by the UN agencies ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) hosted an interactive webinar to bring together experts working to build an inclusive global Digital Ecosystem for Earth.  […]

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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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How tech innovation is changing the Tour de France

By ITU News The 2018 Tour de France isn’t just a display of athletic prowess and endurance; it’s also a platform for showcasing some of the latest innovations in Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning. ITU recently caught up with Peter Gray, Senior Director – Technology at Dimension Data Sports Practice, an IT services firm, about […]

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ITU Secretary-General: How regulation can deliver on the promise of the digital economy

By Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General The following was adapted from ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao’s opening remarks at the Global Symposium for Regulators 2018 in Geneva on 10 July 2018. The first “Global ICT Regulatory Outlook” released last year by ITU showed that expectations of regulation in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) have grown. Not surprisingly, the pace of regulation in […]

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Health For All: using ICTs to reach the last mile

By ITU News ‘Health For All’–the theme for World Health Day this year—highlights the urgent need to reach underserved communities. Much progress has been achieved in global health. For example, between 1990 and 2015, the number of children who died before age five decreased by more than half due to the expanded delivery of lifesaving interventions like bednets and vaccines. […]

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Connected vehicles at the cross-roads: what is needed for success?

By ITU News At the Geneva International Motor Show yesterday, next to the exhibition halls showing off car manufacturers’ latest creations, industry experts and UN representatives gathered to discuss how they will fast-forward the automotive industry — and the world — into the future. The Symposium on the Future Networked Car (FNC-2018), convened by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the […]

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Machine Learning for 5G: New ITU Focus Group sets agenda

By ITU News A new ITU Focus Group will propose standardization strategies to assist Machine Learning in contributing to the efficiency of emerging IMT-2020 (5G) systems. The group will define the requirements of Machine Learning as they relate to technology, data formats and network architectures. Contributions to the first meeting of the Focus Group in Geneva, 30 January to 2 […]

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ITU workshop highlights data demands of Machine Learning for 5G

By ITU News “ML techniques, so far, are more or less related to prediction, classification and decision-making in the networking area,” says Qiang Cheng of the Artificial Intelligence Industry Association of the China Academy of ICT. Cheng was highlighting the current state of play in Machine Learning’s contribution to ICT networking at an ITU workshop in Geneva, 29 January 2018. […]

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How can telcos transform themselves in 2018?

By ITU News Telecommunications companies (telcos) face enormous opportunities and challenges in a greatly disrupted industry. In order to seize the opportunities, reverse downward revenue trends, and connect more customers to more new services worldwide, telcos must evolve much more rapidly. In some cases, they must transform their business models, overhaul operational procedures and redo their human resources training and recruitment policies. This was the consensus among a group of industry […]

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What is ‘cloud-native IoT’ and why does it matter?

By Omar Elloumi and Mahdi Ben Alaya The value proposition of cloud computing is about opening access to sophisticated computing and storage capabilities to a massive number of users. Cloud users gain access to computing and storage capabilities as a service; one that provides cost-optimization, fault-tolerance, horizontal scalability, geo-optimization and low latency. Edge computing also provides many of these features. […]

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