digital technology

‘Maximize the positive’ from new technologies, for our digital future, Guterres urges

Both positive and negative technological developments are jolting the world at “unprecedented speed”, the UN chief said on Thursday, underscoring the need to “maximize the benefits…whilst mitigating harms”.

UN Youth envoy launches coding competition to help solve climate crisis and ‘Reboot the Earth’

Can young coders help solve the climate crisis? The UN’s Youth Envoy launched a global competition earlier this month, “Reboot The Earth”, with support from the UN Office of Information & Communications Technology, Deloitte and SAP, to try and answer that question, fostering collaboration between the United Nations, academia, civil society, and young people to address the climate emergency.

Are robots sexist? UN report shows gender bias in talking digital tech

Why do most voice assistants have female names, and why do they have submissive personalities? The answer, says a new report released on Friday by UNESCO, the UN’s Education, Science and Culture agency, is that there are hardly any women working in the technical teams that develop these services and other cutting-edge digital tools.

Marginalized voices must be ‘included and amplified’ in digital technology space: UN Chief

New thinking is needed to better address deep gender gaps in access to digital technologies, seek out networks of the increasingly active elderly population, and support young people facing a rapidly transforming labour market, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told delegates on Monday, at the 2018 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), hosted in Paris by the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

New technology policies needed to avoid increasing inequality

Cutting-edge digital tools, can help us to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve life for all.

But, if the right policies are not put in place, there is a real danger that these so-called “frontier technologies” will exacerbate inequality and destroy quality jobs, the UN is warning.

Conor Lennon from UN News interviews Hamid Rashid, Chief  of DESA’s Development Research Branch, to find out more.

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Cutting-edge tech a ‘double-edged sword for developing countries’: UN report

The latest technological advances, from artificial intelligence to electric cars, can be a “double-edged sword”, says the latest UN World Economic and Social Survey (WESS 2018), released on Monday.

PODCAST: digital tech for the global good

The first in a series of special episodes of The Lid Is On, looking at how digital technology is being used to tackle some of the world's biggest problems, from climate change to disaster relief.

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News in Brief 12 July 2018

  • UN chief announces new expert group for positive digital technology change
  • Global migration compact to ‘harness the benefits’ of regular migration
  • UN envoy recounts ‘horrific’ testimonies from South Sudanese
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News in Brief 11 December 2017 (AM)

Children exposed to dangerous “new risks” online: UNICEF

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Diversifying economies reduces dependence: Tanzania bank chief

Youth and rural populations in Tanzania are looking to increase their access to financial services, according to Bank of Tanzania Governor Benno Ndulu.

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