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UNAccessibility-blog

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 […]

mmoney-blog

Mobile Money: Getting Banking Services to the Poor

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has recently taken on a new and challenging task: to promote digital financial inclusion through the adoption of technical standards. The UN Agency for Telecommunications, more commonly known for its work in fields such as radio frequency spectrum, cloud computing or new generations of mobile technology, has established a new […]

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Equipping our Children with Knowledge for the Digital Age

Even more than the advent of the automobile, the Internet is hurtling us forward and transforming every part of our lives. From a computer that once took up an entire room to a wearable implanted chip, we watch, wear, and are connected almost every moment of the day; and night. Children today have never known […]

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A global information society: Are we there yet?

The concept of a global information society is one of the most discussed and misunderstood “Big Ideas” of our time. While we’ve made gigantic strides toward connecting the world through information and communication technologies (ICTs), we have not attained that goal. Over the last decade, ICTs have contributed to globalization, shaped economies, transformed society and […]

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Young Innovators Competition Hosts Second Hangout on Open Source Technology for Disaster Management

The ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition held our second Google Hangout on July 3. These events take the form of live-streamed panel discussions and give our current participants a chance to discuss the major issues surrounding our challenges with experts from around the globe. For our current challenge we are looking for young social […]

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Green cables for climate monitoring and disaster warning

Continents are connected by information superhighways of fibre-optic submarine cables that span our oceans to provide the backbone of the global telecommunications system. The first submarine communication cable was deployed across the English Channel in 1850, and since, more than a million kilometres of cable have been laid on the ocean floor, covering a significant […]

public-consultations-blog

ITU Leverages Social Networks to Develop Future Strategy

As a testimony to ITU’s strong commitment to openness and transparency, from June 2013 to May 2014 ITU has engaged in an innovative consultation process to gather views from all stakeholders at every stage in the process of the elaboration of its new Strategic Plan. This is the first time that a UN agency has […]

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