Why we need a ‘whole-of-government’ approach to digital investments

By Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau; and Kate Wilson, CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) *The below text is the Foreword of the newly launched SDG Digital Investment Framework paper. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be achieved by 2030, are not currently on track. Progress can be accelerated, however, through the […]

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Advancing ICT Accessibility at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum

By ITU News Persons with disabilities represent 15% of the world’s population, estimates the World Health Organization. This amounts to nearly one billion people who are more likely to experience barriers to education, poorer health outcomes, lower levels of employment, and higher poverty rates. Assistive technologies have proven to be life-changing for persons with disabilities. But how can we ensure […]

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How Seabin is helping clean the oceans of plastic waste

By ITU News A small floating device can be heard quietly whirring from the dock in Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor, helping to solve one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. About eight million tonnes of plastic waste is added to the oceans every year — equivalent to one garbage truck of plastic being dumped into our oceans every minute — […]

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Advancing innovation in India’s ICT industry – and beyond: Malcolm Johnson

By Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General The following was adapted from remarks delivered by ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson in New Delhi, India at the recent CMAI ICT World Communication Summit on the theme “Innovation in ICT Technologies, Broadband, Smart Cities and manufacturing for Sustainable Development Goals” on 11 March 2019. We are living in a time of extraordinary advances […]

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International Women’s Day: Building ICT infrastructure for gender equality

By Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General For International Women’s Day (IWD) I reaffirm my commitment to ensuring that the information and communication technologies (ICTs) of today are accessible to all, and offer benefits to all, regardless of gender. It is well accepted that gender equality is a fundamental human right and key to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide. […]

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8 recommendations to spur innovations, ICT-centric economic growth and job creation

By Emanuele Giovannetti, Professor of Economics at Anglia Ruskin University, an ITU Academic Member Innovations are the engine of competition and lie at the heart of industry growth and transformation. However, modeling and understanding how technical innovations emerge and succeed has been challenging, given the many actors, phases and activities that underlie successful innovations. To support innovations, governments and businesses looking to […]

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How high-speed Internet in Azerbaijan opens doors to innovation: Bakhtiyar Mammadov

By ITU News Azerbaijan recently secured two elected positions at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (PP-18) in Dubai. Azerbaijan was elected to serve on the ITU Council for the upcoming four-year term, and Sahiba Hasanova — Vice-Chairperson of Study Group 4 (Satellite Services) at ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau — was elected to represent her government and […]

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Four ways entrepreneurs can promote innovation in emerging markets

By ITU News Tech innovation and social entrepreneurship can improve billions of lives. This was the raison d’être of the 2018 Seedstars Summit, which connected innovators with investors and mentors to help them develop and scale up their new tech solutions in emerging markets. An online platform to sell quality-assured medicines in Nigeria. A toolkit and software application to teach […]

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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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