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Apple’s Ireland tax case: What impact for foreign ICT investment?

The European Commission (EC) issued a significant ruling against Apple on 30 August that could have far-reaching implications. “The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple,” reads a statement from the EC. “This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially […]

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ICTs for Africa’s food security: Can Silicon Valley work with ‘Silicon Savannah’?

Food insecurity – being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food – remains a feature of the 21st century. Today, one in four people in Sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished. Yet, the region holds about half of the world’s unused fertile land and the World Bank projects that by 2030, Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness […]

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Australia launches USD38 million smart cities programme

The Australian Government is encouraging local councils to find technology solutions to improve suburbs and cities. Speaking at a Future Cities Summit in Brisbane last week, Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities, announced a series of stakeholder roundtables to be held in September to kick-start the AU$50 million (US$38 million) Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme. A key […]

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Communiqué: World’s leading standards bodies join forces on Smart Cities

Inspired by dialogue at the World Smart City Forum in Singapore, 13 July 2016, representatives of IEC, ISO, ITU, IEEE, CEN-CENELEC and ETSI convened at a follow-up meeting initiated by IEC to discuss means of accelerating and better aligning their standardization work in support of Smart Cities. The shared commitment to cooperation resulting from the […]

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#Ewaste recycling: 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers go for gold

# Japan announced that the Olympic medals for the 2020 Games in Tokyo could be made from recycled e-waste. Japan produced 17.3 kilograms of electronic waste per person in 2013, and the Nikkei Asian Review reported that the recovered gold and silver from small consumer electronics in Japan is equivalent to 16% and 22% of the world’s total […]

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How ICT education fuels sustainable development

When it comes to improving the quality of life for developing nations, education has a huge role to play. This is why the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) – the global professional body for those working in information and communication technology (ICT) – places a heavy emphasis on efforts to accelerate the United Nations […]

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Olympic Games Rio 2016: ICTs, a key element for success

  The broadcasting of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 has set new records, thanks in part to the use of the latest information and telecommunications technologies (ICTs). As a former Olympic athlete, I have had the wonderful opportunity to take part in several Olympic Games, first as a competitive swimmer and in the case of […]


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