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Key trends we're watching this week include: Toyota's new Big Data connected-car consortium; mobile edge computing trials and growth projections; and how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are empowering the world's youth.


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How can ICTs improve the lives of young people? For International Youth Day, ITU News published a series of articles on topics such as: how digital skills can advance decent jobs for youth; tips to keep children safe online; what Egypt is doing to empower youth through ICTs; and how youth are building peace with ICTs.

ICT Trends

Auto-tech convergence: Toyota has teamed up with Denso, Ericsson, Intel and NTT Docomo to announce the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium to use Big Data to improve self-driving technology in a reliable and secure manner. Tesla, meanwhile, is set to test fleets of self-driving long-haul trucks. [Don't miss upcoming ITU Workshop on Security Aspects of Intelligent Transport Systems in Geneva, 28 August 2017]

Cloud on the rise: The mobile edge computing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.2% in the next few years, according to a new study. Meanwhile, InterDigital claims the world’s first ‘successful’ mobile edge computing 5G network architecture trial. Also, spending on public cloud services is on the rise with Central and Eastern European market expected to double by 2021.


Is your password protected? The man behind those annoying password requirements that require ‘at least one special character’ admits the advice was flawed. But are we moving towards phone numbers being the only username that matters?

Mobile broadband: ICT roll-out across Africa shows how mobile is setting the ICT development agenda for the region. ITU Facts and Figures shows that mobile broadband is more affordable than fixed broadband, mobile-broadband subscriptions have grown more than 20% annually in the last five years and are expected to reach 4.3 billion globally by end 2017.



Silicon Valley’s gender problem does real damage. A recent memo distributed by a Google employee has brought issues of gender equality in tech to the forefront. What does the memo really say about Silicon Valley? Mary Hicks weighs in.

Banking on blockchain: NEO co-founder sees blockchain as the key to a new 'smart economy' and believes the blockchain ecosystem could create better ways of managing financial transactions and change every industry.

Keep up to date with ITU


- ITU Workshop on "Security Aspects of Intelligent Transport Systems";  ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 28 August 2017.

- ITU Telecom World; Busan, Republic of Korea, 25-28 September.


Contribute to the new ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries The first special issue will forecast how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will improve user experience by enhancing the performance and efficiency of communications networks. A Call for Papers invites submissions until 28 August 2017.

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