In line with Plenipotentiary Resolution 154, which instructs the Directors of the Bureaux to report on the use of innovative translation technologies, and considering the specific needs of the Telecommunication Sector, especially the need for the translation of technical meeting documents that are seldom translated by the ITU translation services due to budget limitations, TSB has developed, in collaboration with C&P, an open-source, royalty-free neural machine translation tool, called ITU-Translate, and has trained it with ITU documents. Efforts have also been done to integrate website translation based on external machine translation services.
The market offers several cloud-based machine translation tools. These tools have limitations when it comes to the translation of ITU’s technical content, but which are applicable to general language expression. The project identifies and applies the best tools available per language pair for the translation of general-language webpages that are currently not translated.
C&P and TSB are thus addressing Resolution 154 with the implementation of high-quality gist translation services and enhanced computer-aided-translation (CAT) tools that will complement the scope of the work currently covered by C&P’s human translation service.
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
and World Health Organisation (WHO) organised
ITU/WHO Workshop on “Digital Vaccination Certificate”
place virtually on
11 August 2021
from 13h00-18h00 CEST, Geneva time.
Current COVID-19 has illustrated the need for digital certificates including vaccination etc that could be used in an interoperable fashion across organizations. This subject is being discussed by WHO (World Health Organization). It is recognized that digital certificates should be suitable to be used by both existing and emerging systems such as those based on decentralized identity (DID). The workshop considered the use of legacy and DID systems as a vehicle for building systems that can provide proof of vaccination status for individuals.
In addition to existing systems, DID technology offers the ability to develop trust frameworks in which individuals should have easy and full control over their identity and privacy across digital services provided by federated identity, authentication, and authorization service providers.
The objectives of the workshop were, but not limited to:
considering various use cases for digital certificates for COVID-19 including vaccinations
- identifying challenges for implementing and federating these vaccination certificates;
- investigating potential collaboration between ITU and WHO in terms of Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates initiatives;
- sharing on-going activities among relevant technical groups and international organizations; and
- identifying ways forward or directions for ITU-T SG17/SG16/WHO to undertake in the future.
Participation in the workshop was free of charge and opened to ITU members, and anyone who wishesd to contribute to the work. Registration to the workshop was mandatory.