Celebrating innovation for more inclusive, transparent and accessible communication in Mexico

by Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General *This article has been adapted from remarks I made during the presentation of “Conozco Mi Consumo” at an event organised by Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute. It is fitting that today, on the International Day for Universal Access to Information, we celebrate the launch of “Conozco Mi Consumo.” Known in English as “I know my […]

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Here’s how ICTs bring stability to an uncertain world

By Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General *The following article has been adapted from my opening remarks at the GovInsider Live Festival of Innovation. We all yearn for stability in our lives. Even if it’s for the best, no one really likes the uncertainty change entails. For most of us, stability would mean going back to pre-COVID times when we could […]

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The telecoms industry landscape is changing. What remains for traditional operators?

By Tomas Lamanauskas, Managing Partner, Envision Associates Gone are the days when national telecoms markets were primarily defined by former monopoly incumbent telcos together with a handful of mobile operators (MNOs). New types of players have been emerging for a while, leveraging opportunities provided by market liberalization, competitive regulatory frameworks and the relaxation of licensing regimes. Internet service providers (ISPs), […]

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How Alesund became Norway’s first city to adopt smart city KPIs

By Eva Vinje Aurdal, Mayor of Ålesund The city of Ålesund lies on the West Coast of Norway between high mountains and the famous fjords. Home to approximately 67,000 people, the city of Ålesund is a merge between five former municipalities. The merge was by far the largest in the municipality reform initiated by the Norwegian government, and the five […]

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Technology for all means tapping into the ‘Silver Economy’

By Michael Hodin, CEO of the Global Coalition on Aging *This article has been republished with permission of the author and the Global Coalition on Aging. The original article can be found here. Older people, globally, are consumers too. The megatrend of global aging — 2 billion of us over 60 by mid-century, more old than young, getting to the […]

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How AI is democratizing innovation in esports and beyond

By ITU News It’s no secret now that esports are taking over both real and virtual worlds with a global audience nearing half a billion spectators. And esports industry statistics are earth-shattering, with annual growth rates as high as 20 per cent and revenues exceeding 1 billion USD per year. But what about the technology that makes the esports multiverse […]

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Why the new UN Disability Inclusion Strategy is an opportunity for ITU

By Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities *The following article is adapted from my opening remarks at the 2020 WSIS Forum session “ICTs and Accessibility: UN collaborative efforts towards SDGs, CRPD and UNDIS implementation in Digital Accessibility,” which took place virtually on 16 July 2020. People with disabilities represent more than 15 per cent […]

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Leveraging ICTs to build back greener after COVID-19

By Aprajita Sharrma, Co-Rapporteur for ITU-D Question 6/2, and Haidar Baqir, Emergency Telecommunications & Climate Change Coordinator at ITU While COVID-19 has disrupted many societal behaviour patterns worldwide, some new, post-pandemic behavioural trends just might be worth keeping if we want to build back better – and greener – especially when it comes to ICTs. Instead of travelling by car […]

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Ham radio and emergency comms: Filling the USGS ‘donut hole’

By Adam Davidson, W9AS *This article is republished with permission of the author and the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc. On July 2nd, shortly before midnight local time in Hawaii, a dozen amateur radio operators did something nobody had ever done before—something that shows the best in amateur radio and could herald a transformation in the role “hams” (another name […]

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ITU Innovation Challenges: Ugandan tech solution helps deliver clean water for all

By ITU News If clean water came out of your tap when you turned it on this morning, consider yourself fortunate. Some 40 per cent of the world’s people face water scarcity. And the problem is getting worse. It is projected that one in four people will encounter and go through recurring water shortages by 2050. Achieving United Nations Sustainable […]

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