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 Friday, 13 May 2011

The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services the fourth ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference has extended the deadline for papers until 29 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. Organized by ITU-T with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor, Kaleidoscope 2011 will take place at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December.

For additional information see the event webpage at:

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Friday, 13 May 2011 17:05:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Geneva, 6 May 2011 ó ITU and the EPO (European Patent Office) have signed an agreement in recognition of the need for standards makers to share information to help improve the quality of patents.

Standards are essential for the wide adoption of new technologies in the marketplace. However, there is potential for conflict between patents and standards when the implementation of the standard requires the use of technology protected by one or more patents.

The newly signed agreement will help create the right balance between the interests of all relevant stakeholders, including patent holders, implementers of the standards, and end-users while seeking to enable solutions to market-driven needs on a global basis.

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Friday, 13 May 2011 16:16:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 12 May 2011
ITU will hold a Regional Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap for the Americas Region in Guatemala on 6 June. It will be followed by an Interactive Training Session and Standardization Tutorial on 7 June. The event will be hosted by the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala.

The workshop is intended to provide concrete advice and best practices on participation by developing countries in global standards development and building national standards readiness. It will also examine standards work on key new technologies.

The Interactive Training Session and Standardization Tutorial on the second day will provide an interactive learning experience through a simulated Study Group meeting. It will be of greatest interest to those who will be, or who have begun, participating in international meetings and those who have some international experience with plans to move into leadership roles.

The event is intended for administrations and public institutions, ICT companies, service providers, vendors, manufacturers, ICT regulators, national standards bodies, test labs, certifiers, organizations from developing countries and civil society.
For more information about the event see here.

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Thursday, 12 May 2011 08:13:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Geneva, 9 May 2011 Ė ITUís one-size fits all universal charging solution has been further improved to maximize the benefits for end users by extending its use to a wider variety of devices and making it even more energy efficient.

A detachable cable with standardized end connectors will allow connection to devices including all mobile phones and other hand-held devices (including MP3/MP4 players, tablet computers, cameras, wireless headphones, GPS devices etc). This also means that it can be used for data transfer, avoiding an unnecessary duplicate cable and thus further reducing costs and e-waste.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 08:28:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 06 May 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, 06 May 2011 15:46:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 04 May 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, 04 May 2011 09:56:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |