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Following big announcements at ITU Telecom World in Busan, Rep. of Korea we are heading to the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina to review how ICTs are accelerating sustainable development worldwide.

And, of course, we keep you up to speed with top tech headlines from around the globe. Read on.


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World Telecommunication Development Conference: In Buenos Aires, leading voices will gather from 9-20 October to advance ICTs for the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and will celebrate the 25th Year Anniversary of ITU's Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D). Meet some of the people who have helped change the world and explore the interactive timeline of ITU-D.

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ITU Telecom World: The spotlight shines on the winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards 2017. And South Africa announces their successful bid to host Telecom World 2018. Relive the rich discussions with a selection of video interviews with thought leaders from around the world.

5G: ITU Telecom World ended with 5G in focus as Korea's KT sets to premiere 5G service at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. UAE hosts ITU’s first 5G mobile task group meeting in the Middle East and Telia is trialing 5G in Estonia with Sweden and Finland to follow in 2018.

And the Emmy goes to...ITU! At the 69th Engineering Emmy Awards, the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding, a group of engineers from the Video Coding Experts Group of ITU and the Moving Picture Experts Group of ISO and IEC won an Emmy for the development of High Efficiency Video Coding.

Digital Currency: A new UN report reveals that digital payments in Ghana could save over $230M. Meanwhile, the first meeting of new ITU Focus Group on digital fiat currency is happening Oct 12-13 in Beijing. Can ‘Estcoin’ catapult Estonia into the digital future? And how to design a mobile wallet for nonliterate people? 



Skills for the digital future: 65% of students entering elementary school this year will be employed in jobs that don't exist yet, and 60% of new jobs will require skills in STEM-related fields, according to some estimates. How is the UK bringing fresh ideas to STEM to bring about the fourth Industrial Revolution? 

Is AI riding a one-trick pony? Just about every artificial intelligence advance you’ve heard of depends on a breakthrough that’s three decades old. James Somers argues that we need to confront AI’s current limitations.

Keep up to date with ITU


- World Telecommunication Development Conference; Buenos Aires, Argentina, 9-20 October.

- World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium; ​Tunisia, 14-16 November.

- Kaleidoscope 2017: Challenges for a data-driven society; Nanjing, China,
​27-29 November 2017.


-The new ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries has extended the submission deadline to 16 October with a Call for Papers on the impact of AI on communication networks and services. Learn more here.

- ITU News recently launched a new beta site. Have a look and let us know what you think!

- New videos! On ITU’s YouTube channel

- Read the latest ITU News Magazine here

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