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Women in ICTs: Shaping the Future of Technology

My smart phone, computer, and broadband access are the most important tools I have.  I use them every day at work and in my personal life – to conduct business; make appointments; talk, text or video chat with a friend; get directions to a new restaurant; keep track of my steps; and myriad other things.  […]


Beyond convergence: 5G and IoT need wireless-wireline integration

Towards fixed-mobile hybrid, smart ubiquitous networks  Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) in China, Japan and Korea see two fields of study as crucial to telecom and ICT standardization as we approach year 2020. The first is to support 5G mobile-wireless systems and ubiquitous smart technologies with the necessary innovations in network infrastructure, and the second is […]


The Catalytic Role of ICTs in the #Post2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

In 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanized global efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. The development agenda framework outlined 21 measurable targets across eight goals on issues such as poverty, health, environment and gender equality to be achieved over a 15 year timeframe. As the MDGs […]


Women in ICTs: Lessons from my Career

This year, International Girls in ICT Day will be celebrated on 23 April 2015. Events and activities are planned around the world to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs. This year’s theme, ‘Girls and Women and Innovation’, coincides with ITU’s 150th anniversary celebrations in April which […]


World Health Day: Food safety, NCDs and ICTs

This year, World Health Day, celebrated annually on 7 April, asks ‘How safe is food? From farm to plate, make food safe,’ highlighting the health risks associated with unsafe foods. Contaminated food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can cause over 200 diseases from diarrhoea to cancers. Unsafe food is also intrinsically linked […]


Future Networked Car Symposium 2015 – Photo Journal

During the month of March, ITU150 focused on ‘Innovation and Intelligent Transport Systems’. We look back at the Future Networked Car Symposium 2015. The Future Networked Car Symposium, co-organized by ITU and UNECE to highlight the role of ICTs in the development of intelligent transport systems (ITS) within the automotive industry, had its 10th session […]


Mobile money and the need for coordinated convergence

Towards a robust, innovative and secure DFS ecosystem for the poor Mobile money in Kenya has brought some 70 per cent of the country’s population within reach of financial services, up from just 15 per cent in 2007. But with around 96 per cent of the country’s payments still being made in cash, it is […]


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