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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FG DFC The ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency (FG DFC) was established in May 2017.
The main objectives of the Focus Group were:
- Study the economic benefit and impact of introducing DFC over mobile money;
- Investigate the ecosystem of digital fiat currency implementation for financial inclusion;
- Map the functional network reference architecture and process components required to implement digital fiat currency and integration with existing payment systems for interoperability;
- Identify use cases, requirements and applications of digital fiat currency;
- Develop better understanding of the security, regulatory implications, consumer protection, fraud prevention and counterfeiting issues of DFS and how can digital fiat currency can address these concerns;
- Identify critical sovereign security, transparency and verifiability of DFC technology and provide guidelines towards the escrow of critical software and hardware components to ensure trust and verifiability; and
- Identify new areas for standardization in ITU-T Study Groups.
The Focus Group completed its work on 14 June 2019 and submitted its report to TSAG. The reports of the Focus Group are shown below.