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It's a busy week in Geneva, where ITU is co-hosting events on how cutting-edge technology can be used to tackle humanity's biggest challenges.

The AI for Good Global Summit will identify ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) can address specific global issues. Meanwhile, IoT Week 2017 is showcasing how the Internet of Things (IoT) can help achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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AI breakthroughs? Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) unveiled a range of new AI systems, most notably the HomePod, which aims to transform how we interact with our homes. Meanwhile, are we preparing for jobs in the future AI economy? [The AI for Good Global Summit takes place from 7 - 9 June. Register for the live webcast here!]

The future of automotive Toyota’s prototype single driver ‘flying car’ took a maiden test flight in preparation for delivering the Olympic torch to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Toyota sold its shares in Tesla. Still, autonomous vehicles are expected to create a USD 7 trillion “passenger economy” by 2050, and companies should start thinking about their autonomous strategy now, says Intel CEO.


Expanding mobile infrastructure Zimbabwe approved a USD 250 million project to set up more than 600 towers and base stations in areas with poor mobile connectivity. And, Kenya’s Safaricom has activated 100 ‘4G+’ LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) mobile broadband sites, with more in the pipeline. Meanwhile, the UK has the fastest mobile connectivity in the world, new research reveals.  


  • Digital economy: The Thai government and Huawei jointly developed a digital roadmap focusing on three key national priorities - aging society, agriculture and tourism - to help to help the country achieve its ‘Thailand 4.0’ vision and drive the digital economy. [RELEASED YESTERDAY: The Broadband Commission Digitalization Scorecard is a pilot study of policies and regulations to guide digital transformation.]
  • Cybersecurity: Dubai launched the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy to boost cybersecurity awareness, innovation and collaboration to make it digitally the safest city in the world.
  • Startups: Yuanfudao becomes China’s first Unicorn in online tutoring services after it raised USD 120 million in a new funding led by global private equity firm Warburg Pincus.
  • Smart Homes: Current remote control Smart Home Technology is not proactive enough for consumers who want systems and devices that can automatically complete tasks based on the information provided, according to a new study.
  • Connectivity: The EU’s WiFi4EU programme will roll out public free wireless internet access to ‘main centres of public life’ in up to 8,000 municipalities across Europe by 2020, backed by Euro 120 million in funding.


How did WeChat become China’s biggest platform for online conversation? Josh Horwitz explains how one of the biggest Internet markets leapfrogged email. With the expediency of tech, can they provide a roadmap for other developing nations wanting to leapfrog legacy technology? 

How can blockchain help fight climate change? Transparent and traceable, the distributed network has many opportunities for supporting climate action. ITU News looks at three.

Keep up to date with ITU


AI for Good Global Summit; Geneva, Switzerland, 7-9 June 2017  

- WSIS Forum 2017; Geneva, Switzerland​, ​​​12-16 June 2017

Global Symposium for Regulators 2017 (GSR-17); Nassau, Bahamas, 11 - 14 July 2017 


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