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“Regulators and policymakers will face new challenges as automated vehicles proliferate our streets. Cross-sector collaboration is essential for globally harmonized ITS standards.” Watch our new The Power of Connected Cars video!

Meanwhile, here are your key ICT trends and insights this week: calls for a ‘Digital Geneva Convention’; India’s record breaking satellite launch; how are sticky drones helping to save the planet? 


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What are some of the drivers behind ICT industry change? Ericsson’s Aniruddho Basu shares key insights on digital transformation, industry and market evolution, and technology trends and shifts that will shape the evolution of this future network. Watch the live webcast on 22 February 2017 here.

ICT Trends

Microsoft President, Brad Smith, wants a ‘Digital Geneva Convention’ to protect citizens worldwide from the fallout of cyberattacks between nations. The idea was previously broached in the US. 

EU and AI: Global headache? By May 2018, the EU will regulate the gathering and processing of user data more closely to further protect citizens’ information, though how this might impact the future development of AI remains to be seen, explains Cisco’s Chief Privacy Officer. Meanwhile, Chinese search engine Baidu continues to push into AI with a new acquisition: Raven Tech.

VC funding: Singapore’s central bank wants to relax venture capital (VC) regulations to boost startup funding, and a USD100 million trust fund recently launched in the country. Meanwhile, Atomico closed a fourth fund with USD765 million, making it one of Europe’s single largest VC funds. And Softbank bought Fortress Investment for USD3.3 billion ahead of launching a USD100 billion VC arm. [Learn how ICT Ministries can support ICT MSMEs and startups]


Financial inclusion: TransferWise launched the first international money transfer ‘chatbot’ on Facebook Messenger. As competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies, with close to 2 billion Facebook users worldwide, could similar services support wider financial inclusion? [Read about ITU's work on digital financial inclusion.]



Coding is the new blue collar job As the middle-class IT job market grows, should we see coding as the equivalent of skilled worker at a car factory? It would change training for programming jobs and who gets encouraged to pursue them - which is a good thing, writes Clive Thompson.  

Augmented reality, real world legal issues Augmented Reality gaming is big business, but Pramitha Krishnamurthyprakash outlines some potential legal risks.

Could drones replace bees? Researchers in Japan have developed a prototype solution to help farmers pollinate their crops, writes Dan Nosowitz.

Keep up to date with ITU


- Expert Group Meeting on Telecom & Energy: Collaborating to Power the Smart Grids for Digital Growth; Geneva, Switzerland, 28 February 2017

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

- The Symposium on The Future Networked Car; Geneva, Switzerland, 9 March 2017 

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


- Recent blogs: Digital Ambassadors Program kicks off in Kigali

- New videos! On ITU’s YouTube channel

- Read the latest ITU News Magazine here

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