Why are digital identities important to promote financial inclusion?

James Gabriel Claude Blog

The first move towards the creation of a digital nation is to provide every citizen, institution, company and government with the chance of having an active participation in the digital economy and in developing digitally-driven social interactions. According to the World Bank, globally 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked. In this sense, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Special Advocate …

Education is the key to digital transformation

Kristóf Bárdos Blog

Does digital transformation even exist without the personal digital transformation? I recently came across an interesting imaginary dialogue in relation to the labour market transformation. During the late-stage industrial revolution when automobiles took over the place, one said: You see? We don’t have to worry about that much. In the past, we had carters and carts and today we have …

Business meets social: circularity for phones

Joost de Kluijver Blog

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is often seen as one of the telecom industry’s biggest global challenges. But what if it’s actually a huge opportunity for business and society? Buying Green It’s on the agenda for just about any large organisation: green procurement. Ecovadis’ research in 2017 mentioned that some 97% of all corporates, municipalities and national governments aim to buy …

Lessons from the UK: why countries must shift the focus from digital access to digital participation

Joel De Messan Blog

Encouragingly, ICT investment across the world, and especially amongst emerging nations, remains positive and is growing fast. This investment is made in the hope and expectation that nations will benefit economically. However, it is not without risk. Whilst internet access is the foundation of economic growth in the digital era, economic growth is not directly driven by access alone – …

How cross-sector regulation creates challenges for the IT business user

Danielle Jacobs Blog

Few of us would argue with the need for data protection laws to safeguard consumers and individuals, but industry convergence, digitalisation and disruption from new technologies and players makes the implementation of such laws more difficult than ever. In this complex, interlinked regulatory environment, it is important not to forget how the regulations impact organisations that use IT. I’m not …

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

Joel Snyder Blog

Audio description is the use of words to convey visual images to people who do not have access to the images.  It’s a translation—from the visual to the verbal.  The visual is made verbal — and aural A-U-R-A-L, he points to his ear, and oral O-R-A-L, he points to his mouth.  Audio Description uses words that are succinct, vivid, and …

Better, Sooner and the 5G Network of Networks

Jennifer A. Manner Blog

This year’s ITU-T Telecom World has the theme of “Better, Sooner”.  I could not think of a better theme to have a discussion around as our next generation of telecommunications technologies, 5G, begins to become a reality.  What is really exciting about 5G, and why “better, sooner” matters, is that for the first time in the history of telecommunications we …

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 …