Changing the paradigm on access… and leaving no one behind.

Digital World Blog

The last time I was in Durban was in 2010. South Africa was hosting the FIFA World Cup and the whole country was abuzz. There was no missing it, no one was left behind. I am coming back for ITU Telecom World. This time, it is not soccer on my mind, but access to broadband opportunities. The same question comes …

Going Digital: A holistic approach to policymaking in the digital age

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Economies, governments and societies across the globe are going digital. About half of the world’s population is now connected to the Internet, up from 4% in 1995. In many countries, digital transformation is now characterised by almost universal connectivity, but also by ubiquitous computing, and draws on the generation and use of vast amounts of data. Technologies continue to develop …

AI and Blockchain – driving growth for operators

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AI and blockchain trends By 2030, AI (artificial intelligence) may drive nearly $16 trillion US (ex. PwC) in added wealth creation through productivity enhancements and consumer personalization/higher quality services. In fact, the consumer impact will exceed the gains from productivity improvements over time. This represents more than $1 trillion in business value today. One example is JP Morgan Chase, one …

Roadmap to 5G in Africa

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The one policy action that would do the most to accelerate African development is connecting the unconnected What do Africa’s policymakers know about 5G?  They know a deep reserve of calm is required to negotiate with international technology companies whose enthusiasm, ambition, and almighty self-belief makes them irresistible and exhausting all at once. They know to smile bravely as they …

Duty of Care and Artificial Intelligence

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Why the Fourth Industrial Revolution makes a duty of care essential for everyone Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been termed a “Digital Quake”.  This term powerfully illustrates the impact of AI on our lives. There is a tendency for people to think that AI does not impact them. But anyone who uses a smartphone or even just e-mail is impacted by …

The importance of dialogue: ICANN at ITU Telecom World 2018

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Once again, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has the privilege of being involved in ITU Telecom World, this year in Durban, South Africa. This year, the ICANN organization will be part of a discussion on “Strengthening Collaboration in Data Protection,” which will be taking place on Thursday 13 September. During this session, we will have the …

Countdown to ITU Telecom World 2018

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Our leading UN tech event ITU Telecom World 2018 kicks off in Durban, South Africa, on 10 September – just 26 days from now. Focusing on “innovation for smarter digital development”, this is a conference for international policy, technology and strategy experts from the public and private sector exploring the leading issues of the tech industry and its impact on …

Ecosystems: The Foundation of Smarter Cities (and a Digital World)

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 Like death and taxes, change is a certainty- and we live in a time of rapid change driven by technology. It’s no wonder that we often dream of the wonders the future may hold for us, particularly as a society and in the cities we live in. Take, for example, the Back to the Future movies. Released in the mid-1980s, …

South Africa: ITU Telecom World 2018’s stage for smart digital development

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There’s no doubting the importance of connectivity in driving social and economic development throughout the world, in emerging and developed markets alike. Much of ITU’s work is focused on driving inclusive connectivity, ensuring universal access for all the world’s citizens to level the playing field of opportunity in the digital age. ‘Development in 2018 means digital development…This is why ITU …

The age of AI

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From smart speaker systems to autonomous driving, androids and drones, Artificial Intelligence – AI – appears to be everywhere. But this is just the beginning of the AI revolution, as the debates at ITU Telecom World 2018 will explore. At heart, AI is simply a machine programmed to make sense of data on a scale humans can’t deal with.  It …