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 Friday, May 06, 2011
ITUís Sixth Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change will take place 7-8 July in Ghana. The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Communications (MOC) of Ghana.

The main purpose of the event is to move forward the agenda on using ICTs to monitor climate change, mitigate and adapt to its effects and, identify future requirements for ITUís related work.

The symposium will also focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed will include mitigation and adaptation to climate change, e-waste, disaster planning, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs, challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy.

The symposium will identify possible goals, commitments and modalities for the ICT sector to be developed in the process leading to the forthcoming 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17-CMP7), to be held in Durban, South Africa in November 2011. The event will also develop a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the environment and climate change towards a green economy, as a contribution to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012 or Rio+20).

The event follows successful symposia between 2008 and 2010 in Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul and Cairo. It will be preceded by a Training Seminar on Conformity and Interoperability for Africa that will be held from 4 to 6 July. It will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.

For more information on the symposium see here.

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Friday, May 06, 2011 3:46:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Bilel Jamoussi, Chief, Study Groups Department (ITU-T) will be speaking at the Abu Dhabi Telecoms CEO Summit on Tuesday 17 May.

Jamoussiís presentation entitled  ITU Standards are key for International Expansion will form part of Session 3  on International Expansion Strategies.

ITU will also host an ITU stand at the Exhibition from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 May, booth number 34. Please come and visit us.



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Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:56:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 03, 2011
ITU has adopted a suite of global technical standards that provide a common framework for  exchanging information on cybersecurity. The suite is known as CYBEX and provides for enhancing protection for all kinds of ICT systems, equipment, and software.

CYBEX focuses on the structured exchange of cybersecurity information and provides coherent common specifications allowing different operators, systems, and security communities to communicate vital cybersecurity information to each other, enhance protection, and identify and understand attacks . CYBEX is an important element in ITUís array of standards improving confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

The first three standards of this suite of standards (known as ITU-T X.1500 Recommendations) consist of: (1) an overview of the model for trusted exchange of cybersecurity information; (2) the exchange of vulnerability information; and (3) "weighing" of vulnerabilities.  

ITUís security study group (ITU-T Study Group 17) has started new work entitled continuous security monitoring using CYBEX techniques. The work will focus on the use of CYBEX standards by enterprises and network operators to enhance their individual and collective cybersecurity and reduce their risks. Experts say the complexity of existing network infrastructures, equipment, software, and services renders enterprises constantly vulnerable and subject to compromise. The work may also be applicable to cloud computing, virtualization and Smart Grid electrical power management environments.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011 3:28:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 28, 2011
Meeting of Study Group 13, Geneva, 20 May 2011

Collective Letter  8

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Study Group 13

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:31:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of the Study Group 3 Regional Group for Africa (SG3RG-AFR), Gaborone, Botswana, 19 - 20 May 2011

Collective Letter 6

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SG3RG-AFR Regional Group for Africa

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:26:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 21, 2011
The fourth ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference - Kaleidoscope 2011 - will also host the second Jules Verneís corner (JVc), its theme: The Chip in the Brain. A call for abstracts has been issued and invites submissions until 10 June 2011.

This yearís Jules Verneís corner (JVc) invites us to consider challenges related to the insertion of silicon chips into humans. Positive applications, may include lifestyle improvements, establishing wireless brain-machine communication and e-health applications. But there are also complex legal, privacy, responsibility and security issues to be addressed.

JVc is the home for visionaries, science fiction writers, journalists, movie directors and anybody who can develop concepts to make possible the impossible during the second half of the XXI century.

In addition, a third call for papers has been issued for Kaleidoscope 2011 and invites submissions until 15 May 2011. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. The winning papers will be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Xplore online catalogue.

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that aim at increasing the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of ICTs and academia, and at identifying emerging developments in ICTs at an early stage to generate successful products and services through the development of international standards.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact the ITU-T Kaleidoscope secretariat at kaleidoscope@itu.int.  
For additional information see the event webpage at: http://itu-kaleidoscope.org/2011.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:30:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |