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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Tech for public health: Kameleon’s Community Tablet (VIDEO)

By ITU News Dayn Amade is the founder of Kameleon, a company from Mozambique empowering rural communities with digital learning platforms through TABLET Comunitário, or Community Tablet. In an interview with ITU this week at the ITU Telecom World event in Budapest, Mr Amade cites the reality of an increasingly digitized world and how the internet has become the first […]

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Leaving no one behind: Niger’s Smart Villages Project

By Hani Eskandar, ICT Applications Coordinator for ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau It is by no means strange that the most ambitious and innovative initiatives come from those who need them most. Take Niger, for example. The landlocked country is 70 per cent desert and more than 80 per cent of its population live in rural areas. The country’s economy is largely based […]

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AI for Good: How robotic avatars could play a key role

By Colin Peartree, Team Coordinator of the ANA Avatar XPRIZE Imagine you had a robotic copy of yourself – identical in height, weight, mobility and dexterity. Now, raise your arms, turn your head, bend your knees. If you can do it, then your robotic avatar can, too. In the future, you will be able to take control of your avatar, […]

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Advances in AI-enabled language translation hold special promise for the developing world

By Vicki L. Hanson, PhD, CEO, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) The Association for Computing Machinery presents the ACM A.M. Turing Award annually. Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” the A.M. Turing Award is accompanied by a USD1 million prize funded by Google. This past year, Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun received the award for their […]

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IBM Project Debater visits the United Nations

By Noam Slonim, Distinguished Engineer, Project Debater, IBM Research – Haifa Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) capture the narrative of a global population on a controversial topic? At the AI for Good Global Summit we aim to find out. A few months ago, IBM unveiled Project Debater to the world. It’s the first ever AI technology to meaningfully engage in a […]

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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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