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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Better data needed to green the digital transformation

22/3/2024​​​

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Better data needed to green the digital transformation


Casey Torgusson, Global Program Manager for Digital Development, World Bank, and Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Artificial intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies have piqued global excitement with their promise to drive economic growth and opportunity, unlock scientific breakthroughs, and build better services. But as we race to close the global digital divide, we must also ask ourselves some tough questions.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Data report tracks SIDS connectivity successes and challenges

5/3/2024​​​

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Data report tracks SIDS connectivity successes and challenges


Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

ITU's latest statistics and analysis show where the world’s island economies stand in their journey to universal and meaningful connectivity. Internet use in the world’s 57 small island developing states and territories – or SIDS – has outpaced the world average over the past decade. SIDS Internet use grew by 8.4 per cent annually between 2014 and 2023, surpassing the global annual growth rate of 6.7 per cent.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Envisaging inclusive digital economies and societies

3/12/2023​​​

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Envisaging inclusive digital economies and societies


Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.3 billion people experience significant disability. Essentially, this means one in six people require special consideration when it comes to technology and policy. While information and communication technologies, or ICTs, enhance the lives of most people, they are particularly crucial for persons with disabilities. For them, ICTs serve as vital lifelines, breaking down barriers and enabling them to actively participate in various aspects of life.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Partner2Connect: Where we are in connecting all of humanity

1/12/2023​​​

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Partner2Connect: Where we are in connecting all of humanity


ITU News

Around the world, an estimated 2.6 billion people have never used the Internet and remain excluded from the benefits and opportunities offered by numerous digital platforms and technologies. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has focused on building high-impact partnerships to bring all those people online. The Partner2Connect (P2C) Digital Coalition, in particular, has become central in ITU’s work to extend meaningful connectivity to everyone, everywhere.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Huawei works with ITU to advance digital inclusion for all

23/11/2023​​​

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Huawei works with ITU to advance digital inclusion for all


ITU News

Chinese multinational technology corporation Huawei says it has brought connectivity to 90 million people in remote areas of nearly 80 countries as part of its "Partner2Connect" (P2C) pledge in support of meaningful connectivity and digital transformation for all. The P2C Digital Coalition, launched by the ITU, mobilizes commitments across the industry, prioritizing remote communities in countries and regions that lack digital access.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Brazils new strategy aims for Internet in all schools

22/11/2023​​​

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Brazil’s new strategy aims for Internet in all schools


ITU News

The Brazilian government has launched a new national strategy to bring connectivity to the country’s 140,000 state-run schools. The National Strategy for Connected Schools aims to connect all schools in Brazil to the Internet by the end of 2026, with quality targets to ensure that all students in the country are guaranteed access and can use information and communication technologies (ICTs) for educational purposes.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cooperation is key for a safe and secure digital transformation

13/11/2023​​​

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Cooperation is key for a safe and secure digital transformation


H.E. Dr Mohamed Alkuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government

With over 5.4 billion people around the world using the Internet, cyber threats continue to escalate. Broad international cooperation has become increasingly important to maintain a safe and secure online environment.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Gokina Smart Village in Pakistan: Digital transformation at the community level

24/07/2023​​​

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Gokina Smart Village in Pakistan: Digital transformation at the community level


Atsuko Okuda, Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Gokina is an idyllic-looking village located 25 kilometers from Pakistan's capital city. Our car ride there took us uphill on winding roads into the verdant mountains overlooking Islamabad. Goats greeted us as we walked down the steep, narrow path to the village school.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Disseminating early warnings through connectivity for all

13/07/2023​​​

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Disseminating early warnings through connectivity for all


Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

After Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines in 2013, I was on the ground, providing emergency telecommunications support from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to aid recovery. One memory sticks in my mind above all: the tears of relief one lady shed when we gave her access to a satellite phone to contact a family member after she had lost her home, her shop, and many friends and relatives.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Preparing women as policy-makers and cyber-diplomats

23/06/2023​​​

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Preparing women as policy-makers and cyber-diplomats


ITU News

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced a new initiative to prepare women from developing and middle-income countries for meaningful roles in cybersecurity policy negotiations.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Regulation matters: for the people, the planet and prosperity

8/06/2023​​​

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Regulation matters: for the people, the planet and prosperity


Dr Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Today, we closed the 22nd edition of the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-23) with the highest number of participants in the event's history: 757 participants - heads of regulatory authorities, ministers and captains of industry gathered in Sharm el‑Sheikh, Egypt.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Girls in ICT: Digital skills can change lives

27/04/2023​​​

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Girls in ICT: Digital skills can change lives


ITU News

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is marking the annual International Girls in ICT Day with an inter-generational dialogue organized with partners in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on 27 April. The dialogue, open for remote participation and livestreamed worldwide, highlights this year's Girls in ICT theme of "Digital Skills for Life."

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ITU teams up with European Commission to promote and measure meaningful connectivity

27/04/2023​​​

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ITU teams up with European Commission to promote and measure meaningful connectivity


ITU News

A new project from the ITU and the European Commission will promote Internet services and skills for everyone worldwide over the next three years. The project, ‘Promoting and measuring universal and meaningful digital connectivity’, will leverage EUR 3 million (about USD 3.3 million) over three years to advance holistic policy approaches and provide recommendations.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ITU opens Area Office and Innovation Centre in New Delhi

27/03/2023​​​

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ITU opens Area Office and Innovation Centre in New Delhi


ITU News

The ITU Area Office and Innovation Centre was officially opened in New Delhi, India, on 22 March, providing an expanded presence for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to promote tech and sustainable development in South Asia. The inclusion of ITU’s first on-site centre for innovation positions the new office in India’s capital as a hub for promoting advanced technologies within the region and beyond.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Diabetics in Senegal benefit from mobile health advice in Ramadan

27/03/2023​​​

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Diabetics in Senegal benefit from mobile health advice in Ramadan


ITU News

m-Diabetes accompanies you with SMS advice for Ramadan. To receive the advice send DIAB to 21214 or STOP to unsubscribe. That message kicked off the 10th annual mRamadan campaign in Senegal last week. Designed to provide practical health and nutritional guidance to diabetics during Ramadan fasting, the campaign has benefitted hundreds of thousands of people in one of the most populous countries in West Africa since its first cycle in 2014.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ITU at CSW67: Get girls into STEM and empower them with digital skills

20/03/2023​​​

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ITU at CSW67: Get girls into STEM and empower them with digital skills


ITU News

Women and girls need digital empowerment from an early age, equal access to technologies and opportunities, and a seat at the table for digital decision-making, according to the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Doreen Bogdan-Martin, elected last September, is the first woman ever to lead ITU, the United Nations tech agency.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How digital can shape our climate future

1/03/2023​​​

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How digital can shape our climate future


Rosie McDonald, Associate Officer for E-Waste Data, ITU

The information and communication technology (ICT) sector today remains highly energy- and materials-intensive. Yet a wide range of existing digital technology solutions can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create resilience among communities. The ITU works closely with governments and industry partners to leverage the power of digital for climate-change monitoring, mitigation, and adaptation, including through emergency readiness solutions like early warning systems.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ITU social poll: Open communication tops child online safety options

23/02/2023​​​

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ITU social poll: Open communication tops child online safety options


ITU News

“Open communication” tops the list of methods for keeping children safe and secure on the Internet, based on a social media survey by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ITU — the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies — conducted the poll among its online followers last week, highlighting its Child Online Protection programme around Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 7 February.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Transforming a small island into a Smart Island: Southern Malekula, Vanuatu

20/02/2023​​​

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Transforming a small island into a Smart Island: Southern Malekula, Vanuatu


Saemi Matsumoto and Dalsie Tolang – Smart Villages and Smart Islands initiative team, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

While most residents in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, enjoy modern digital lifestyles with smart phones, broadband and new e-services, those in rural and remote areas of the country often miss out on digitalization and the resulting socio-economic benefits.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Digital skills development must keep evolving

09/02/2023​​​

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Digital skills development must keep evolving


Dr Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Before I became the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), I spent some of my career as an educator. Almost 20 years ago to the day, I began giving lectures to MBA students at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. This included a class on Information Systems, a wide field of study that bridges business and computer science.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Early warning systems: Saving lives through mobile connection

17/01/2023​​​

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Early warning systems: Saving lives through mobile connection


Vanessa Gray, Head of Environment and Emergency Telecommunications, ITU and Rachele Gianfranchi, Director of Government Affairs, Everbridge

Today, three out of four people around the world own a mobile phone. This opens new opportunities for the use of mobile networks to share public warnings and save lives. When disaster strikes, just a little bit of extra time can prepare people to act or evacuate.

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