Category Accessibility

The importance of making ICTs accessible (+VIDEO)

About 15% of the global population – roughly one billion people worldwide – live with some form of disability.  Over 80% of those with disabilities live in isolated rural areas in developing countries. Information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, satellites or the Internet, promote digital inclusion; they can help people to participate […]

How ITU’s standards work is boosting progress on ICT accessibility (+VIDEO)

As information and communication technologies (ICTs) become increasingly integral to daily life in today’s digital economy, it is more important than ever that ICTs are accessible to people with disabilities. ICT accessibility was the topic of discussion at a side event during the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-16) in Hammamet, Tunisia this week. Masahito Kawamori, […]

How ICTs can open up the world of music to deaf people

The recent World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2016 (WTISD 2016) celebrations in Geneva followed the theme of ICT entrepreneurship for social impact. It featured a keynote presentation from Mr Raphael Silva, co-founder of Project Ludwig, an application which brings music to the hearing impaired through the use of vibrations and colour. This technology shows how […]

Achieving gender balance in the tech sector means getting more girls into STEM

Technology is creating large scale opportunities to empower women and girls. But when it comes to making career choices, the majority of countries around the world are witnessing a chronic global decline in the number of female tech students. This is in turn contributing to a predicted global employment shortfall, with at least two million […]

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities – an opportunity for Telecoms that benefits everyone

The numbers and the business case for providing information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility to people with disabilities are compelling. With a billion people in the world (nearly 1 in 7) suffering from some form of disability, most of us will be impacted at some point in our lives. More than 75% of those older […]

As Google, Facebook tackle digital divide, what role will unlicensed spectrum play?

This Thought Leadership contribution is co-written by Prof. H Sama Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and Richard Thanki of the University of Southhampton’s Institute for Complex Systems Simulation. Views expressed herein are the authors’ own. Google’s launch earlier this month of its first Wi-Fi network in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, is part of a […]

Ensuring Equal and Effective Communications for All

There have been significant advances in communications technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since the introduction of text phones. Yet, there are still some issues to overcome if we are to achieve true equal and effective communications for all. Today, people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing are able to communicate with […]