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Giga: Empowering communities in Asia and the Pacific through school connectivity
2021  New!  

This new report examines the feasibility of countries in the Asia Pacific region participating successfully in the Giga initiative and realizing their potential by exploring implementation through the four pillars of Giga (Map, Finance, Connect, and Empower).

The report also emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive approach for mapping school connectivity that engages a wide range of stakeholders and that encourages the leveraging of existing government policies to deliver greater connectivity, including effectively utilizing USOs and USFs to connect schools, and highlights the importance of digital skills and how the Ministries of Education might help generate improved conditions for long-term connectivity in disadvantaged communities and in rural and remote regions.

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Emerging technology trends: Artificial intelligence and big data for development 4.0
2021  

Despite its great promise, the AI and data revolution is yet to yield tangible dividends for most developing countries. More often than not, these countries do not have all the prerequisites in place in order to collect sufficient data to utilize AI algorithms for development. Furthermore, existing data too often remain unused because they are released too late or not at all, are not available in digital format or lack the level of granularity needed for decision-making and local innovation.

This report has been designed to help overcome these barriers and embrace the huge development opportunities offered by AI and big data deployment. It is intended as a guide for policy-makers and other stakeholders in crafting a national AI and data strategy for development. The report highlights opportunities and outlines good policy and regulatory practices for implementation, while also flagging key challenges and offering hands-on suggestions in managing and overcoming these roadblocks.

Available inpaper   electronic file
 
The Last-mile Internet Connectivity Solutions Guide: Sustainable Connectivity Options for Unconnected Sites
2020  

Nearly half of the world population lacked access to the Internet in 2019, with most of these people living in the rural and remote areas of developing economies. Bridging the digital divide is a social and economic imperative considering that health, education, government and other services and applications rely on affordable, reliable and high-speed connectivity to serve communities around the world. The ITU Last-mile Connectivity Solutions Guide is designed to support governments in their role of regulating, funding and implementing universal access to connectivity. This guide provides ways of identifying the unconnected areas and selecting sustainable technical, financial and regulatory solutions to ensure affordability and accessibility to relevant connectivity services.
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Connect2Recover: A methodology for identifying connectivity gaps and strengthening resilience in the new normal
2021  New!  

The Connect2Recover initiative supports countries in their efforts to identify gaps and bottlenecks for the utilization of broadband networks?and digital technologies to respond to and mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes recovery following the pandemic, readiness for the "new normal", and preparedness for any future pandemics.
Available inelectronic file