Category SDGs

Big Data for big impact: Swisscom’s smart city infrastructure project

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.  Big Data is a valuable tool for 21st century infrastructure projects and the case of Swisscom’s smart city project illustrates how Big Data can help […]

China’s One Belt, One Road can improve lives at scale through ICT investment

As China embarks on its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative to reinvigorate key international trade routes through massive infrastructure projects, one of the most important investment areas will be information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs form the backbone of today’s digital economy. They enable the work of industries and services, governments, businesses and citizens. […]

New ITU Council Chair Eva Spina kicks off Council 2017

At the start of the annual ITU Council in Geneva, Switzerland today, outgoing Council Chair Julie Zoller welcomed incoming Chair Eva Spina of Italy to take the reins of the member-led governing body that ensures that ITU’s activities, policies and strategies fully respond to today’s rapidly changing telecommunications environment. “We shared the podium last year, the first […]

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 […]

AI and ethics — where to draw the line?

After a 75-year incubation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a household word, reflected in popular culture through books, movies and even music. From self-driving vehicles and interactive robots to Apple’s Siri concierge and IBM’s Watson, which is increasingly being used to solve business problems, AI technology is playing a growing role in our day-to-day world. […]

Dubai-based ‘edtech’ startup breaks new ground in youth education

Asafeer Education Technologies, a Dubai-based educational technology (“edtech”) startup that provides online learning resources focusing on enhancing Arabic literacy skills of school kids, was awarded the Transforming Education Prize at the annual Seedstars Summit in early April. The concept of building an audible Arabic digital library came to founder and CEO Amr Abu-Hmeidan when he was having difficulty […]

Preparing for an AI-driven society

Like major transformations before it, Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to transform our lives and to lead us to a better world, while creating even greater impact for business and society. Already, machines and programs that can sense, learn, reason, and act, are tackling large-scale global challenges in a variety of fields, including science, medicine, education, […]