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 open data can give Nigerian innovation a facelift going forward

The impact of the pandemic and lockdown demands a lot of innovation from entrepreneurs, a process that might be eased with the creation of transparent and open government data across different public sectors.

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International standardization in virtual space: ITU’s decisive response to COVID-19

By Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau ITU standards provide the technical foundations of the global ICT ecosystem, binding together the rich diversity of ICT networks, devices and services that have become so essential to business and daily life. These standards are developed iteration by iteration, consensus decision by consensus decision, propelled by the contributions and associated […]

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How Saudi Arabia is opening access to ultra-fast broadband connections

Saudi Arabia has set an ambitious target: to connect 3.5 million households to ultra-fast Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband networks by the end of 2020. To enhance service offerings and increase customer take-up of fibre networks, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) championed an Open Access Initiative to allow all retail operators to offer their FTTH broadband services in every household […]

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Authentication solution for people with disabilities wins 1st prize at Kaleidoscope 2019

By ITU News Phillip H. Griffin from the U.S. has claimed 1st prize at Kaleidoscope 2019 for a proposal to extend the password-based ‘shared secret’ model of authentication with other authentication factors, such as biometrics. The proposal aims to support universal access to digital health services, recognizing that disabilities can sometimes form a barrier to the use of passwords. All […]

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The next big leap: How quantum physics will shape technology

By ITU News At one minute to midnight on 31 December 1999, the world held its breath as we entered the new millennium. The Y2K bug – a computer flaw that was the result of a widely used computer programming shortcut – was expected to cause widespread chaos to computer systems around the world; industries and national infrastructures such as […]

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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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Connectivity from the stratosphere

By Sophie Thomas, Zephyr Programme Manager, Airbus Zephyr has made stratospheric flight a reality On 11 July 2018, a Zephyr S aircraft took off on its maiden flight in Arizona. It flew for 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes, marking the longest flight duration ever achieved without re-fuelling. The Zephyr aircraft has also flown in excess of 74 000 […]

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