Category Multimedia, content, apps

Winning the market with local content – an entrepreneur’s journey in Malaysia

How did a Malaysian video-streaming service, DailyTV, gain 1 million users within the first year of launch? “We filled up this platform with the best local content, we launched our services, and it just kicked off,” says Kevin Saw, CEO and co-founder of Evangeline Verto, the company that produced the popular platform. Mr. Saw’s comments […]

Three ways to promote and preserve linguistic diversity online

Only 5% of the world’s existing languages are readily accessible on the Internet according to the Broadband Commission. With more than 7,000 distinct languages in use around the world, many of them are at risk of going extinct. To ensure that the world’s abundance of linguistic diversity is well-preserved, there are international efforts needed to ensure […]

More girls in tech? Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore shares some lessons

“The world has an opportunity to gain trillions of dollars, if [we] can just deal with women’s inequality,” Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore told ITU News during an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday. Fresh off celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Safaricom’s world-famous mobile money service, M-Pesa, Mr. […]

World Radio Day: The changing face of radio

“Being an Italian, and in Rome spending one hour in traffic, I am obliged to be a big consumer of radio!” quipped Giacomo Mazzone, Head of Institutional Relations at the European Broadcasting Union, during an interview with ITU at the recent European Radio Show in Paris. Indeed, radio has remained an important source of information and entertainment for listeners […]

The future of radio: Small ‘content snacks’ on the go? (VIDEO)

With World Radio Day 2017 in mind, ITU went to the European Radio Show in Paris to discuss the importance of radio – and what radio means to a range of different industry leaders. Radio is still one of the most dynamic, reactive and engaging forms of media there is. But how is radio offering new ways to interact […]

Apple’s new original content plans highlight growing ICT-media convergence

Apple has new plans to create its own original content by courting Hollywood producers and television executives, according to a Wall Street Journal report that is making waves in the tech and media industries. Rather than competing with the likes of Netflix, the move appears to be aimed at driving subscriptions to the USD 10-per-month […]

‘Twitter diplomacy’: How should diplomats approach social media?

A workshop on Twitter diplomacy took place recently at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations Office in Geneva and Oxford University’s Digital Diplomacy Research Group. Ambassadors and permanent representatives, interested diplomats, international civil servants and scholars working in communications, as well as the NGO community, […]