Launching “Open Talks” with ITU Secretary-General

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SG Open Talks

I am proud of ITU’s substantial and diverse membership – 193 Member States and around 700 Sector Members, including members of the Internet community, industry, civil society and academia. ITU members from different regions and different perspectives continue to work together for the common good and in the public interest to resolve complex and challenging issues.

It’s also important to acknowledge that not everyone may have the opportunity to participate in discussions at ITU. That’s why, as the ITU Secretary-General, I constantly seek different means to reach out and to engage all those whose ideas could make a difference. No one person, no single group or institution, no one country has a monopoly over good ideas. As history has reminded us time and again, the brightest minds can be found anywhere.

If international policy-making is to be effective and to achieve the desired impact, it is clear to me that…

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ITU, Facebook and ACOPEA launch online safety project in Ethiopia

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Blog-copITU has teamed up with Facebook to develop a pilot program to promote child online safety in Africa as part of its Child Online Protection (COP) initiative. The collaboration will enable the African Child Online Protection Education & Awareness Centre (ACOPEA), an NGO focused on African child online welfare, to implement a six-month pan-African e-safety awareness pilot program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The COP initiative at ITU has been collaborating with partners around the world to establish an international collaborative network for action to promote the online protection of children worldwide; to encourage the development of national Child Online Protection centers; and to organize awareness campaigns and community forums to create a safe environment for young users around the world.

The initiative is also counting on the efforts of global advocates that thanks to their tireless support and commitment are promoting the importance of a safer online world for…

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Bringing the power of technology to rural agricultural communities

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macedonia-blogAt the recent UN Broadband Commission meeting in New York, Intel, Grameen and the Minister of Communications of Macedonia signed an MOU that will bring the power of state-of-the art computing technology to agricultural communities in Macedonia. The agreement was signed by two UN Broadband commissioners – Ivo Ivanovski, Minister of Information Society and Administration, Republic of Macedonia (@iivanovski) and John Davies, Vice President of Intel.

A few years ago, Grameen Trust and Intel formed a separate standalone company modeled after the concept of a social business promoted by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, who is also a UN Broadband Commissioner. For Intel, this was an opportunity to alleviate social and economic problems using the power of microprocessors. The software being developed by Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd. enables rural micro entrepreneurs to offer services to farmers in rural communities using computing devices.

One such useful service…

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Connected cities: Smart Sustainable Cities

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13 September blog piece photo

If we compare an aerial photo of the world today with the same image from 20 years ago, we can see from light distribution that urban centres are now a significantly more prominent feature. More and more people are choosing to live in cities, in search of new opportunities and to improve their quality of life. However, in many cases poor or absent urban development planning has not accompanied this growth in urban population.

Each one of these clusters of light represents a different set of challenges. There is a clear need to seek out new, efficient solutions, which help to “order and regulate” life in cities, optimising the use of the natural resources and guaranteeing long-term sustainability. In this context, the concept of the “Smart City” is born, with citizen commitment at its core, around which a complex system of smart networks and platforms revolves, collaborating to achieve efficient…

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