Greening the Blue – and ITU

Digital World Blog

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are crucial building blocks for a greener and more sustainable, connected world. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency for ICTs, is at the forefront of this transformation, cultivating global cooperation in fields ranging from smart cities and Earth observation to tackling natural disaster risks, e-waste, and energy consumption. In addition to raising …

Appy Saude: The Angolan e-health start-up unlocking accessible healthcare

Digital World Blog

Searching unsuccessfully for a specific medicine prescribed by his doctors, a very sick man living in rural Angola listened by chance to a radio interview with Appy Saude, an e-health start-up based in the capital city of Luanda. He contacted Appy, who promptly sourced the very last units available on the Angolan market of the drug he so desperately needed – …

Meet OKO Finance: Building climate resilience through digital financial inclusion in Africa

Digital World Blog

Israeli start-up OKO Finance have a clear objective: to be known and trusted by smallholder farmers across Africa as the market leader in crop insurance, to protect farmers from loss of income due to adverse weather and to provide access to financial tools. And by winning the ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 SME Awards, the fledgling fintech is one step closer to meeting …

Meet Astrome: The deep tech start-up aiming to bridge India’s digital divide

Digital World Blog

India-based deep tech start-up Astrome sees its innovative wireless solution as a way to connect the country’s rural and semi-urban areas. Its use of millimetre wave wireless communication to provide fibre-like backhaul capacity for 4G and 5G infrastructure has won Astrome the SME Award in the Connectivity category at ITU Virtual Digital World, the 2020 online edition of leading UN tech event …

How Zimbabwean SME Purple Signs are bringing ever more Africans the benefits of affordable, accessible sign language tools – thanks in part to ITU Telecom World

Dominic Tinashe Tapfuma, Founder & CEO Purple Signs (Private) Limited Blog

How Zimbabwean SME Purple Signs are bringing ever more Africans the benefits of affordable, accessible sign language tools – thanks in part to ITU Telecom World Purple Signs is set to impact the lives of at least 300 000 deaf adults and children, and enable up to 10 000 front office service providers to communicate with the deaf without prior …

Year-long leaps in months: Five takeaways from ITU Virtual Digital World 2020’s Ministerial Roundtables

Digital World Blog

Despite being a formidable challenge, the global pandemic presents an enormous opportunity for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. The invaluable role of digital technologies in the response to the COVID-19 crisis is universally recognized, and now is the time to use that momentum to fast-track digital transformation, drive economic recovery, promote social inclusion and tackle the digital divide. …

Digital tech in the time of COVID-19

Digital World Blog

There’s only one news story dominating all outlets, social and mainstream media, online and offline conversations these days: COVID-19, the novel, highly infectious and potentially lethal coronavirus. The situation is new to us all and changing so quickly that by the time you read these words, you will probably have experienced the impact of new restrictions, new statistics and new …

Investing in the future of mobile

Daniel Pataki Blog

Today’s connected world offers infinite possibilities. The rapid pace of technological change and the impact of market forces are driving the evolution of the digital economy.  By the end of 2018, 5.1 billion people around the world subscribed to mobile services, accounting for 67% of the global population. In 2018, almost 300 million people connected to mobile internet for the …

The trap of the personalized content offer of social media platforms – filter bubble following the scarcity of frequencies?

Tamás Klein, Deputy Head of Department, Associate Professor Blog

Freedom of speech research nowadays mainly concentrates on issues around communication processes on social media platforms  – with special regard to finding a legal solution to the phenomenon of social media platforms uniquely affecting the plurality of democratic discourse during their activities. The most fraudulent promises stemming from publicity expanding intensively due to the technology of the internet were that …

Better regulation demands a commons approach to digital cooperation

Esteban Redolfi, Director, Digital Future Society Blog

We are well past the point of speculating about the consequences of unchecked use of technologies like automated decision-making systems, biometrics, facial recognition or blockchain on our lives and societies. Loss of privacy and autonomy, digital exclusion and the widespread erosion of trust in democratic institutions are only some of the unintended consequences with social repercussions that are becoming more …