From Walled Gardens to Collaboration

László Kishonti Blog

First people thought automated driving was a sprint race, now many think it’s a marathon. However, it’s turning out to be an ultra-marathon relay. No one can solve its challenges alone: the future of automation lies in collaboration. Safety trumps accelerated deployment Leading up to 2018 tech news was full of claims of fully self-driving fleets and widespread adoption by …

Join the UN Global Best Practice Award Winner INPUT Program’s dedicated day in Budapest!

INPUT Program Blog

INPUT Program is pleased to announce its dedicated day at ITU Telecom World 2019 on September 11, bringing together change-makers and stakeholders from innovation and startup ecosystems from around the world. INPUT Program is a high-priority government project financed by the EU, which was established in 2016 by the Hungarian Government with contributions from the EU Regional Development Fund. The …

Accessible and Assistive technologies – Changing the lives of all

David Banes Blog

Technology has been changing the lives of people with a disability across the world for many years. It broadly takes two forms: those technologies that enhance and augment the capacity of the individual such as wheelchairs, glasses or hearing aids, and those technologies that expand or enhance the environment to accommodate the diversity of human functioning.  While some technologies can …

Meeting the policy-makers and decision-takers building our tech future

Digital World Blog

When the Government of Indonesia decided to showcase their experience fostering the development of different digital economy business models, they headed to Busan, Republic of Korea, where ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communications technologies (ICTs) was organizing ITU Telecom World, a global tech event held annually at different locations around the world, connecting heads of government, …

Bridging the Digital Divide: Regulatory Best Practices and Interorganizational Collaboration to Connect the World

Ruth Pritchard Kelly Blog

By Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Vice President of Regulatory at OneWeb The digital divide and the immediate need for internet provision from space Almost half of the global population still does not have access to the internet (ITU figures 2018). This “digital divide” is not only an issue in developing countries. Unconnected populations exist in every country, and regulators must find ways …

Strong European telcos for EU tech leadership

Lise Fuhr Blog

Europe is in the midst of change. As a new European Parliament and European Commission start working on a new wave of tech policies, the EU is trying to find its space in an increasingly competitive digital world. Telecom companies are part of this quest for a fresh, renewed leadership in the digital space. With 5G, they can be part …

Is the Race for Connected Devices Fair and Transparent?

Isabella De Michelis Blog

Within the last ten years, our world has witnessed an explosion in the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices — from smartphones to smart homes, autonomous vehicles and smart cities. Millions of us now own at least one virtual assistants, in our pocket or our home. But the big question is who is actually listening when we talk to …

Midlife Crisis is Hard: What’s Next for Telcos?

Tomas Lamanauskas, Founder and Managing Partner, Envision Associates Ltd Blog

Despite the rush of excitement with all the virtual ribbon-cutting for 5G services, being a telecoms operator these days is not a joyful affair – especially when compared to the glory times of 20 years ago. Accelerating cycles of investment in ever new Gs, coupled with the thirst of many governments for money from spectrum auctions to fill holes in …

Cybersecurity: the importance – and the challenges – of cybersecurity

Jason Harle Blog

There is no doubt that the near-instant ability to access or process data is completely changing the way we work, consume, organise and socialise. More and more of the global population are becoming connected to the internet, giving them access to goods, services and information on demand. Whilst the growth of connected users has been rapid, corresponding efforts to understand …

The gendering of AI – and why it matters

Tim Unwin Blog

Digital technologies are all too often seen as being neutral and value free, and with a power of their own to transform the world.  However, even a brief reflection indicates that this taken-for-granted assumption is fundamentally flawed.  Technologies are created by people, who have very specific interests, and they construct or craft them for particular purposes, more often than not …