Tag Archives: ICTs

Will Facebook’s OpenCellular boost remote Internet access?

Facebook’s recently introduced OpenCellular project hopes to deliver wireless Internet access to the 10 per cent of the world’s population that lives in the most remote places – outside the range of existing cellular networks, and with no access to the Internet. OpenCellular is linked to a flurry of recent Facebook projects to connect the 4 billion still […]

Technology, ICTs & the future of work

UNDP has just released its annual Human Development Report (HDR), entitled “Work for Human Development”, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first edition. This year’s Human Development Report explores how work can enhance human development despite substantial challenges, given that the world of work is changing fast due to globalization and the technological revolution. ITU […]

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 […]

Accessible Americas: Information and Communications for ALL

Accessible Americas: Information and Communication for ALL is a landmark event aimed at identifying accessibility implementation practices for stakeholders in the Americas Region. Held in Sao Paolo from the 12 – 14 November 2014, the focus will be on how these stakeholders can ensure that assistive technology and accessible Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are widely […]

Broadband: Innovation in ICT Access, Affordability and Application

Broadband is a critical element in ensuring that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovation is enabled around the world; it is the platform on which ICTs are developed and built, bringing benefits to governments, businesses and individuals. Thus, a cohesive multi-stakeholder approach is required to achieve the fourth pillar of the Connect 2020 framework, ‘Innovation […]

Continued Evolution of the Internet Requires Open and Inclusive Collaboration

The exponential growth of the Internet, one of the greatest engineering and technical feats ever achieved, was made possible by a level of collaboration and cooperation which has few parallels in the history of technological development. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of ITU. ICT evolution over 150 years – from the […]

Kartik’s Story: Fighting for ICTs to be Accessible to All

As a blind student from India, I have had several experiences where a lack of accessibility has prevented me from having the same opportunities as others. People with visual impairments have been struggling with accessibility for a long time, and we urgently need to make sure that accessible information and communication technologies (ICTs) are available […]