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 Friday, 02 September 2011
ITU Telecom World 2011 teams up with to take the debate truly global

People in remote and underserved communities worldwide will have the chance to experience and participate in debates at ITU’s flagship ITU Telecom World 2011 event (24-27 October), thanks to a collaboration with Foundation, an independent Philippines-based NGO which supports the global telecentre movement.


The collaboration will leverage the organization’s global network of over 100,000 telecentres to carry live webcasts and Twitter streams from ITU Telecom World 2011 debates as they happen in Geneva. The event technology platform will also support remote intervention, allowing those watching the events in telecentres around the world to send in their questions and become part of the events.


The collaboration with ITU Telecom will help to truly ‘Connect the World’ by bringing traditionally marginalized communities into the global debate. It will also provide a platform for to showcase the success of its many activities around the world and make new business contacts in industry and government that could lead to exciting new development projects.


ITU and recently announced a digital literacy partnership that will train one million unskilled women to use modern information and communication technology (ICT) applications to improve their livelihoods, leveraging the combined reach of Foundation’s global network of 100,000 telecentres worldwide and ITU’s 192 Member States and 700 Sector Members.

. Foundation's Acting Executive Director Tess Camba is excited to be part of one of the world’s premier ICT events: “ITU Telecom World 2011 is a wonderful opportunity for our members in rural and remote areas to be heard by people in the industry who are also in the position to make a difference.


“Through this event, people across the globe will be able to share their ideas and stories as well as collectively contribute to formulating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing concerns. We are extremely pleased to work together again with ITU in an initiative that will benefit our telecentre community.”


This year’s new-look ITU Telecom World 2011 will bring together industry CEOs and world leaders, digital experts, technology gurus, and grassroots technology pioneers to tackle core issues shaping the global ICT landscape in the age of broadband. In a departure from previous events, World 2011 will dispense with the traditional exhibition show floor and instead focus on facilitating knowledge sharing, networking, deal making and consensus building. 

Click here for further information on the event.