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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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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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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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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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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How Montenegro is boosting digital innovation

By ITU News ITU recently connected with H.E Dragica Sekulić, Minister of the Economy for Montegnegro, about her country’s efforts to boost its information and communication technology (ICT) innovation ecosystem. How dynamic is the ICT ecosystem of Montenegro? The continuous work of the Government in the previous period has created strong and sustainable preconditions for the accelerated development of the […]

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How UAE is boosting its digital transformation in the face of COVID-19

By H.E Hamad Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates The last few months have been difficult for everyone across the globe. Never had anyone imagined that such a calamity would fall upon them. No one was prepared to face the challenge and its impact, especially in the financial area. We often wonder […]

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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 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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