communications technology

Internet forum addresses challenge of connecting 3.9 billion

With nearly four billion people still unable to get online, the UN Internet Governance Forum provides a valuable “space” to discuss ways of connecting even the poorest rural areas of the world.

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Mobile operators working to connect billions to “better future”

Mobile operators worldwide are looking to bring more than four billion people into the internet era.

Through an industry association known as the GSMA, they are working with governments and other partners to reduce barriers to access, such as network coverage and cost.

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UN launches first interactive information superhighway to help bridge digital divide

The United Nations launched today an interactive map of the information superhighway to show policy makers and investors the location of the missing links in the digital divide in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ban appoints Atefeh Riazi of the United States as new UN information technology chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Atefeh Riazi of the United States as the new Chief Information Technology Officer for the United Nations, with the responsibility for all substantive and operational needs of the world body relating to information and communications technology (ICT).

UN launches web portal to help young women pursue technology careers

The United Nations launched a new web portal today focusing on helping girls and women access job opportunities, training and career advice in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

Information technology plays critical role in achieving UN objectives, says Ban

The United Nations must leverage the power of information and communications technology (ICT) to the fullest in its response to political, economic and environmental challenges and to improve the delivery of its services, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

UN official stresses role of information technology for development at Lima forum

Information and communications technology (ICT) has a vital role to play in advancing economic development, a senior United Nations official told the opening of a regional conference in Lima, Peru, today.

Malaysian premier and entrepreneurs win UN cyber prizes

The United Nations’ oldest agency, set up 80 years before the creation of the mother Organization, today awarded one of the most up-to-date prizes to the Malaysian Prime Minister and two leading communications industry figures for bringing cyberspace within the reach of billions of people.

African nations need to better utilize emerging technologies, say UN experts

African Governments are failing to take advantage of technological advances that can improve the delivery of services to their citizens despite the growth in mobile and information and communications technology (ICT) across the continent, United Nations experts told a meeting in Ethiopia.