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Here are your key ICT trends and insights this past week: ITU released 85 policy recommendations to help drive digital financial inclusion; Intel's Mobileye acquisition highlights ICT-auto convergence; and could PaddlePaddle help Baidu cash in on artificial intelligence?


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Digital financial inclusion: The ITU Focus Group on Digital Financial Services has completed its term, publishing key 85 policy recommendations to help drive greater financial inclusion for the world’s 2 billion unbanked. A new global initiative will be launched in April 2017. [A Workshop on Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion will be held in Washington DC on 19 April 2017]

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Connected car: Intel's USD15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye is the latest sign that tech (and auto) heavyweights are willing to invest heavily in 'transformative' driverless R&D. The announcement comes just days after ITU and UNECE hosted the annual Future Networked Car event during the Geneva International Motor Show. [During the event, Volvo told ITU about its connected future and Symantec discussed how to keep connected cars safe from hackers.]

Gender equality: EQUALS, a global community for gender equality in the digital age, held a panel at SXSW with a special message from Geena Davis. The partnership highlights ITU’s continued efforts towards achieving a digital gender balance. [27 April 2017 is International Girls in ICT Day. How will you celebrate?]


Digital wallets: mVisa, Visa’s QR-based mobile payment service, will be expanded to ten new markets, including Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam. Meanwhile, fake QR codes in China highlight security weaknesses in digital wallets.

IPOs: On the heels of Snap's blockbuster IPO, is Airbnb now hinting that it may go public in 2018? Some observers say the world's fourth most-valuable startup - now valued at USD31 billion - is a case study in why many tech startups should not to rush to go public. [How can governments foster domestic tech entrepreneurship? See ITU's recent report on how eight ICT ministries did it.]



Bots are not the answer! The global talent shortage, how do you solve it? We aren’t thinking globally, argues Ingrid Lantz.

AI in China Could PaddlePaddle help Baidu cash in on China’s vision for powerful, homegrown artificial intelligence? Eva Xiao takes a look. 

Keep up to date with ITU


- ​ITU Workshop on Security Aspects of Blockchain; Geneva, Switzerland, 21 March 2017

- Digital Inclusion: Towards equal access, skills and leadership for women and girls; New York, USA, 21 March 2017

- 7th Green Standards Week; ​Manizales, Colombia, 3 - 5 April 2017

- International Girls in ICT Day; Worldwide, 27 April 2017 


- New blogs! Read interviews with industry leaders, insights into the latest tech news and other ICT stories from around the world on the ITU Blog

- New videos! On ITU’s YouTube channel

- Read the latest ITU News Magazine here

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