I have spent most of my adult life advocating for women and girls to reach their full potential. This is now more important than ever as researchers at New York University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton University found that girls by the age of 6 become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with […]

Noted expert on artificial intelligence (AI) Stephen Ibaraki last week chaired and presented a keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters New York ITU Briefing on the upcoming AI for Good Global Summit. Mr Ibaraki, who is helping ITU and XPRIZE Foundation launch the first annual AI for Good Global Summit in June, opened the briefing by updating attendees […]

Digital financial services (DFS) — including “fintech” startups — are now some of the most effective ways to expand financial inclusion, especially for the world’s 2 billion “unbanked.”  For instance, mobile-money accounts now outnumber bank accounts in 9 African countries . As such, DFS are now being seen as a key driver in the fight to alleviate poverty, the United […]

Estonia, the birthplace of Skype, has in recent years enjoyed a well-earned reputation as a startup hotspot — a mini Silicon Valley in the Baltics. But now it’s being recognized as the most entrepreneurial country in Europe — at least according to a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report that includes analysis of “intrapreneurs” who formulate and implement new ideas within organizations. […]

The dangers of malware-infected dishwashers made headlines last month with the discovery of a security vulnerability in a Miele dishwasher. Any denial-of-dishwashing attack should be considered a serious crime in itself, we would all agree, but this particular case was made more concerning by the fact that the dishwasher in question was designed for use in […]

Ari.farm, a new agritech app, is helping to bring nomadic Somali livestock farmers into the digital economy. The idea was inspired by a relatively new concept called “crowd-farming,” an agricultural adaptation of crowd-funding, which connects farmers with investors through a digital platform. As ICT development and access to mobile internet in developing countries is crucial to […]

Smart bandage uses multi-technology approach Low power 5G, nano technology sensors and 3D printing  Trials start now, availability in a year or so if successful Not so much a killer app for 5G and IoT, hopefully more a life-saving one. The University of Swansea in Wales has pulled together what it’s calling a ‘multi-technology’ approach […]

Tanzania is currently facing an undeniable challenge: there are few girls in the information and communication technology (ICT) field, and those who want to join the field often opt instead for roles that commonly have limited vacancies, like doctor’s positions. This leads to a scarcity of female role models who have thrived in STEM (Science, […]

Last week’s G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany marked the first such meeting of digital ministers of the 19 leading economic nations and the European Union (G20). The conference was one of several ministerial-level meetings held to discuss individual G20 topics in-depth in preparation for the G20 Summit on 7-8 July in Hamburg, Germany. It established a general agreement […]

In the sunshine filled open space of the SwissTech Convention Centre, a young woman in a blue varsity jacket holds up a sign that reads “Industry Group Networking.” She interrupts a one-on-one conversation to make sure that her sign is read, and invites the couple to join a larger group discussion. A young man wearing […]

“The world has an opportunity to gain trillions of dollars, if [we] can just deal with women’s inequality,” Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore told ITU News during an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday. Fresh off celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Safaricom’s world-famous mobile money service, M-Pesa, Mr. […]

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) now form the backbone of today’s digital economy. They also have enormous potential to fast forward progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve people’s lives in fundamental ways. Building the next generation of ICT infrastructure will power the evolution of smart, sustainable cities and communities worldwide. […]

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the major global health challenges of the 21st century. NCDs include cancers, diabetes, heart and lung diseases and are responsible for approximately 38 million deaths each year. This represents 68% of global deaths annually and many of these are preventable. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also identified strong […]

Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) of leading ICT companies in North America have reaffirmed that fixed-mobile convergence will be fundamental to the success of 5G systems. CTOs have also highlighted the great promise of information-centric networking to assist dynamic, performance-oriented management of ICT service quality, in addition acknowledging that high-performance 5G signal processing will demand significant […]

Start IoT project will be free to students and entrepreneurs in three cities Project will be supported by a LoRa-based LPWA test network Will work in partnership with the Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab Telenor intends to offer commercial LPWA services by 2018 Telenor Group has launched a new experimental Internet of Things (IoT) initiative, called Telenor Start […]

International Girls in ICT Day 2017 is just around the corner! Celebrated every year on the 4th Thursday of April, Girls in ICT Day is the international day to inspire girls around the world to discover opportunities in information and communication technologies (ICTs).  This year, Girls in ICT Day will be celebrated on 27 April! […]

We live in a time of great transformation. Over the last thirty years, technology has fueled a host of changes in how we live, work, and enable the public good. Now, we’re on the cusp of a major change that could revolutionize almost every sector, industry, and government service. This change is Artificial Intelligence (AI) […]

As we approach 2020, one of the most important areas of ITU work will be our international standardization of 5G systems. ITU is supporting the development of a 5G environment where we will all have access to highly reliable communications, and where trusted ICTs will be key to innovation in every industry sector. 5G networks […]

Facebook recently announced that it will build a 770-km fiber backhaul network in North Western Uganda by the end of the year, partnering on the project with India’s Airtel and East African wholesaler Bandwidth & Cloud Services Group (BCS) to provide Internet access to some three million people. The new fiber ring in Uganda would aim […]

IoT cellular connections to increase more than fourfold by 2025 Almost half of connections will be for automotive, utilities and security Automotive will remain the single largest global vertical Non-cellular LPWA devices for IoT lag a long way behind If you are still wondering why mobile operators are so smitten by the prospect of autonomous […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming smarter, faster, and more humanlike thanks to the inevitable rise of quantum computing. “While today’s computers can find patterns buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions where data may be incomplete or patterns cannot be seen because the number of exploration paths to get to […]

Continuing on from Mobile and Cloud First, “AI First” is quickly becoming a top solution strategy for industry and governments, as evidenced by massive artificial intelligence (AI) investments in the billions. IDC has predicted revenues of nearly 50 billion globally in 2020 at a 55% compound annual growth rate. But it’s not just about business […]

ZTE and NetCologne start G.fast pilot phase in the German city Next generation DSLAM will increase frequency to 212MHz 260,000 households to be served by G.fast in Cologne this year Austria starts tests of 10Gbit/s XG-FAST technology from Nokia NetCologne, the regional ISP and telco in the German city of Cologne, has announced the start […]

Multi-colored balloons float high above an exhibition stand showing a simple, home-based solution to disinfect drinking water. Young men and women in T-shirts explain the newest app for connecting farmers to markets. A woman in a bright blue scarf hands out pencils and questionnaires about locally sourced fresh produce.  A man wearing a blazer and […]

As Internet users worldwide consume ever-increasing amounts of data, cybercriminals are using more sophisticated techniques to exploit new vulnerabilities daily. Attacks on websites can have different purposes and one of them is the introduction of unauthorized modifications, or website defacement. Last month for example, security firm, Trend Micro, found cyber criminals injected fake content on […]

Out of the global population of some 7.5 billion people, 2.4 billion currently lack access to adequate sanitation facilities, 1.8 billion people use a contaminated source of drinking water and by 2030 the global demand for water is expected to grow by 50%. As the magnitude of the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) situation […]

Ericsson goes for transparent 5G patent pricing Hopes the rest of the industry will follow to avoid disruptive litigation  Will Ericsson’s move make a difference? Stung by the increasing complexity surrounding Intellectual property in 5G (not to mention the unpleasantness and litigation uncertainty apparent with current technologies), Ericsson has decided to take a lead of […]

Finance, medicine and education – “this is where blockchain is really going to take off in the short term,” says Ashley Pilipiszyn, PhD researcher at University of Geneva. The potentially game-changing technology that instantaneously transfers information over a distributed network is already changing how transactions take place online, making them more transparent and secure thanks to […]

Today, 3.9 billion people – more than half of the world’s population – do not have access to Internet. This is unacceptable. It deepens existing social and economic divides while creating new ones. The digital revolution must be a development revolution for all. To translate today’s technological breakthroughs into development breakthroughs, we need to harness […]

In Ritsona refugee camp in Greece, a Syrian refugee types in the Arabic words for “phone credit” into a free translation app on his smart phone. Instantly, the correct pronunciation in Greek is read out to him. After a few times practicing these new words, he visits the nearest store to top up his prepaid […]

“What would be revolutionary is if they hacked it so it could be used as a global model.” “I think they need to focus more. Bring it to the skinniest point and work it from there.” “Is this a business, or an outreach campaign? How should we look at this?” These were some of the […]

Over-the-top (OTT) services such as Skype and WhatsApp are among today’s most popular communications services, and their providers are among the information and communication technology (ICT) sector’s most innovative and profitable companies. Network operators and OTT players, despite having quite different business models, sometimes find themselves in competition in fields where they provide equivalent services. […]

As we work for progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I believe that there is one intervention that will enable progress on all 17 goals: harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social good. Internet, mobile and telecommunication networks have the power to connect people to health care, education and […]

“There is, in the car industry, a very specific split on security,” Arnaud Taddei, Director of Security Solutions Architecture at Symantec told ITU on the sidelines of last week’s Future Networked Car event at the world-famous Geneva International Motor Show. “There is safety on one side, which is about the reliability of the car from […]

“We’re living in very exciting times right now. There’s a lot going on,” said David Holecek, Director of Connected Products and Services for Volvo as he spoke to ITU on the sidelines of last week’s Future Networked Car event at the world-famous Geneva International Motor Show. Indeed, as the automotive and information communication technology (ICT) industries […]

What does a 14-year-old teenager from Ireland, an engineer from Nigeria, an executive from France, a tech entrepreneur from Texas, and a Hollywood actor have in common? They all support the EQUALS vision for gender equality in tech! At South by Southwest (SXSW) this week, a diverse group of men and women from around the globe […]

Kenya Red Cross partnered with LoRa Alliance to host a global IoT challenge Methane detector solution OMEDS was overall winner Other finalists included pest control and medicine transportation solution Winner to test solution in Kenya in real-world deployments The LoRa Alliance has announced the winner of its second global IoT challenge focused on creating a […]

“In perusing the work of BSG [ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap programme], I was pleased to note that its main goals include addressing the disparities in the ability of developing countries to access and influence international ITU telecommunication standards, and facilitating the efficient participation of developing countries in ITU’s standards-making process as well as disseminating information […]