Category Public-Private partnerships

Big Data to tackle grand challenges: A look at IBM Research Africa’s projects

17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with the theme “Big Data for Big Impact.” ITU and our members are exploring how Big Data can help solve the world’s biggest challenges.  IBM Research Africa is currently working on a wide range of development projects across Africa, using Big Data to make headway towards achieving the United […]

How ICT ministries are supporting tech MSMEs and startups: new ITU report

A few months ago, when preparing the Geneva celebration of the 2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2016) –  which focused on the theme: “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact”- our team at the ITU had a very intense discussion around the concrete role that ICT ministries* are playing around the world in support […]

The Broadband Gender Divide Takes Center Stage

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of the Strategic Planning and Membership Department of ITU and Executive Secretary of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development provides some key insights from the recently published 2016 State of Broadband Report. The 2016 State of Broadband Report published by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development offers plenty of good news, data, […]

Los Angeles deploys latest IoT tech in pilot with Philips Lighting

Los Angeles is implementing the latest IoT (Internet of Things) technology onto its streetlights to monitor noise as a way of gathering various data points from around the city. Ed Ebrahimian, the Director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for Los Angeles, told Cities Today that Chicago has a similar programme, called Array of Things, but […]

Refugee crisis: UNHCR puts mobile and Internet at centre of innovative response

One of the biggest and fastest exoduses of refugees in modern history was when more than two million Rwandese Hutus fled into neighbouring countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa in 1994. In just two days — April 28 and 29 that year — more than 200,000 Hutus crossed into Tanzania at Rusomo Falls. Global TV networks […]

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 […]

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 […]