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Digital Health

Time to Advance Digital Health: A Call for Government Leadership

We have all experienced the reality of poor health, through personal experiences with our families, our friends or colleagues. We all want access to good healthcare, no matter where we live. As global leaders, we have a great responsibility toward the health of our societies and must be committed to take bold actions. This motivated […]


SchoolApply startup uses AI to drive access to education

A mother was on the phone, crying. She could not contain her gratitude: her son had just been accepted to university thanks, in part, to a new startup called SchoolApply. “We really want to open up the world for students,” says Daniel Bjarne, CEO and Co-Founder of SchoolApply, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and search functionality […]


Powering smart grid roll-out

The race is on to upgrade current electric power systems to “smart grids” by incorporating information and communication technologies (ICTs) to deliver power more efficiently, reliably and sustainably. The global Smart Grid as a Service market is expected to more than quadruple in the next decade, from $1.3 billion in 2016 to $6 billion in […]


5 key insights on ICT industry change: Ericsson’s Aniruddho Basu

Dear industry colleagues and fellow citizens of the new digital economy, I have been invited to ITU in Geneva on 22 February 2017 to share my (and Ericsson’s) perspective on digital transformation, industry and market evolution, and technology trends and shifts that impact and shape the ICT industry. Ahead of that meeting, I would like to […]

Rwanda's Minister of Youth and ICT raises awareness of 4G in Kigali/ Photo via MYICTRwanda Flickr

Digital Ambassadors Program kicks off in Kigali

A new initiative in Rwanda aims to transform the lives of 5 million citizens by bringing them online and providing digital skills training in their communities in a new Digital Ambassadors Program (DAP). Partnering with the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Internet for All Northern Corridor initiative and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth […]

TOPSHOT - Indian onlookers watch the launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) at Sriharikota on Febuary 15, 2017.
India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on February 15 in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space agency. Scientists who were at the launch in the southern spaceport of Sriharikota burst into applause as the head of India's Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced all the satellites had been ejected. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR        (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s satellite launch breaks record – and could bring big benefits for humanity

On Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched 104 satellites from seven countries on a single mission using the popular Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites set by Russia in 2014. India aims to cement its position as a destination for low-cost launches, and Wednesday’s success spotlights India […]

President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Mark Fields (L) talks about Ford's new autonomous vehicle with US Vice President Joe Biden (C) and US Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (R), D-Michigan during the Vice President's visit to the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 10, 2017. / AFP / Geoff Robins        (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ford’s $1 billion Argo AI investment highlights ICT-auto convergence

When one of the world’s largest and most influential car manufacturers announces a $1 billion investment in autonomous vehicles and pledges to get a car on the road by 2021, then you know that this is no speculative technology push, but the future of the entire industry. A century of established manufacturing and design principles […]