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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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 Artificial Intelligence could shape the mobility industry for the better

By Jan Feiling, Venture Architect at Forward31 (powered by Porsche Digital) Looking at the status quo on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) impacts mobility for the better shows us the obvious future: Of course, autonomous driving and AI-based driver assistant systems will reduce more and more crashes and save human lives. Optimized, personalized routing and smart traffic light systems will lower […]

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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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