Author Archives: itu4u

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Youth Empowerment – how the UN can lead the way forward

Sixty-five carefully-selected post-graduate students representing forty-four nationalities and diverse academic backgrounds, recently gathered for the UNOG Graduate Study Programme (GSP) – the annual flagship outreach programme of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva – for two weeks of intensive learning, discussion and collaboration. Working with youth is a priority for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and for […]

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Continued Evolution of the Internet Requires Open and Inclusive Collaboration

The exponential growth of the Internet, one of the greatest engineering and technical feats ever achieved, was made possible by a level of collaboration and cooperation which has few parallels in the history of technological development. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of ITU. ICT evolution over 150 years – from the […]

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Telenor Open Mind: Opening the Doors to the Labour Market

I believe that the key to disability inclusion is through the labour market. One technology company is leading the way in inclusive hiring, and has nearly twenty years of success in providing meaningful employment opportunities and training to people with disabilities. The Norwegian company Telenor is among the world’s major mobile operators with more than […]

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Young Innovators Competition launches Challenge 3 on Smart Cities and Climate Change

The third challenge of the ITU Telecom World 2014 Young Innovators Competition has just been launched in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). It seeks innovative ideas on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help smart cities to slow down or mitigate the effects of climate change for the benefit of global health. […]

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Mobile broadband: The single greatest opportunity

Asked at ITU Telecom World 2013 what one single technology or development will bring the greatest change, ministers, regulators and industry leaders answered almost with one voice: mobile. “It’s got to be the smartphone,” said Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s minister for information and communication technology. “That’s because as the price gets cheaper and cheaper, more people […]

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Improving the protection of ICT equipment against lightning strikes

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) pervade almost every aspect of our lives today with innovative devices enabling us to communicate anywhere and at any time. Yet, despite the extraordinary innovation seen in the industry in recent times, ICT devices, home networks and telecommunications equipment have become more vulnerable to the effects of lightning. This is […]

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Kartik’s Story: Fighting for ICTs to be Accessible to All

As a blind student from India, I have had several experiences where a lack of accessibility has prevented me from having the same opportunities as others. People with visual impairments have been struggling with accessibility for a long time, and we urgently need to make sure that accessible information and communication technologies (ICTs) are available […]

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