Tag Archives: inclusion

Renewing ITU’s mandate to promote ICT accessibility

Today, on 03rd December, we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities under the theme Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. For ITU, technology, especially Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), plays a key role in the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. On this special occasion, […]

Full Digital Inclusion by 2020: Challenges and Opportunities

“The internet is for everyone and therefore needs to be available for everyone,” Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society, said when speaking at the second Connect 2020 roundtable. Yet there are both challenges and opportunities for realizing the ambitious task of creating a fully inclusive Internet Society as identified in Goal 2 […]

Engaging Civil Society in the ICT Sector

International Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy-making is made up of multiple stakeholders – governments, private sector, civil society, intergovernmental and international organizations – all of whom have an interest in ensuring its continued development. In order to realize an effective and productive Information Society, we must ensure that the diverse views of all constituents […]

Telenor Open Mind: Opening the Doors to the Labour Market

I believe that the key to disability inclusion is through the labour market. One technology company is leading the way in inclusive hiring, and has nearly twenty years of success in providing meaningful employment opportunities and training to people with disabilities. The Norwegian company Telenor is among the world’s major mobile operators with more than […]

Mobile Money: Getting Banking Services to the Poor

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has recently taken on a new and challenging task: to promote digital financial inclusion through the adoption of technical standards. The UN Agency for Telecommunications, more commonly known for its work in fields such as radio frequency spectrum, cloud computing or new generations of mobile technology, has established a new […]

Ten-Year Anniversary of the WSIS Stocktaking Process: Sharing Best Practices

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which took place in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis in 2005, determined the key principles to harness the potential of ICTs and to build a people-centred, development-oriented and inclusive Information Society. Among the Summit’s outcomes, more than 2500 projects were launched to meet the objectives of […]