I have spent most of my adult life advocating for women and girls to reach their full potential. This is now more important than ever as researchers at New York University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton University found that girls by the age of 6 become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with […]

Noted expert on artificial intelligence (AI) Stephen Ibaraki last week chaired and presented a keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters New York ITU Briefing on the upcoming AI for Good Global Summit. Mr Ibaraki, who is helping ITU and XPRIZE Foundation launch the first annual AI for Good Global Summit in June, opened the briefing by updating attendees […]

Digital financial services (DFS) — including “fintech” startups — are now some of the most effective ways to expand financial inclusion, especially for the world’s 2 billion “unbanked.”  For instance, mobile-money accounts now outnumber bank accounts in 9 African countries . As such, DFS are now being seen as a key driver in the fight to alleviate poverty, the United […]

Estonia, the birthplace of Skype, has in recent years enjoyed a well-earned reputation as a startup hotspot — a mini Silicon Valley in the Baltics. But now it’s being recognized as the most entrepreneurial country in Europe — at least according to a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report that includes analysis of “intrapreneurs” who formulate and implement new ideas within organizations. […]

The dangers of malware-infected dishwashers made headlines last month with the discovery of a security vulnerability in a Miele dishwasher. Any denial-of-dishwashing attack should be considered a serious crime in itself, we would all agree, but this particular case was made more concerning by the fact that the dishwasher in question was designed for use in […]

Ari.farm, a new agritech app, is helping to bring nomadic Somali livestock farmers into the digital economy. The idea was inspired by a relatively new concept called “crowd-farming,” an agricultural adaptation of crowd-funding, which connects farmers with investors through a digital platform. As ICT development and access to mobile internet in developing countries is crucial to […]

Smart bandage uses multi-technology approach Low power 5G, nano technology sensors and 3D printing  Trials start now, availability in a year or so if successful Not so much a killer app for 5G and IoT, hopefully more a life-saving one. The University of Swansea in Wales has pulled together what it’s calling a ‘multi-technology’ approach […]