Korean and Finnish programmes share UN prize on using computers in education

A Korean home learning system and a programme offering degrees by distance education in the Finnish region of Lapland are the first laureates of a prize awarded by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to encourage the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education.

Information and communication technology vital to development – UN Assembly chief

Information and communication technology (ICT) has a key role to play in helping the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of eight time-bound targets for reducing poverty and ameliorating other social and economic ills, the General Assembly President said today.

UN hosts conference aimed at using information technology to boost development

Service-oriented information and communication technology (ICT), website evaluation, multilingual websites, accessibility and Internet broadcasting are all topics being discussed at the third annual Web for Development (Web4Dev) Conference being held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Gap in broadband Internet technology hurting poorer nations, says UN report

Broadband Internet technology has become so valuable to businesses that developing countries with scarce access or a lack of infrastructure to provide it at reasonable cost are suffering a major competitive disadvantage, according to a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

UN official stresses the need for equal access to the Internet as landmark conference ends

After intensive workshops, seminars and discussions focused on all aspects of the worldwide net, the first ever Internet Governance Forum ended today with a senior United Nations official telling the 1,200 participants that the issue of global equity was key to making the best use of this new technology.

Annan stresses development role at first ever meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the importance of using the worldwide net to promote global development as he opened the first ever Internet Governance Forum by encouraging participants to use the four-day gathering to foster dialogue and cooperation.

Stressing use of technology for development, Annan calls for a ‘network of networks’

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for the vision of a global information society to be transformed into reality, stressing the need to use technology for development and urging a new international alliance to build a “network of networks” to harness high-tech innovations for the benefit of everyone.

World’s poorest countries increasingly wired, UN agency reports

Considerable progress has been made to bridge the digital divide in the world’s least developed countries, the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says in a new report.

UN Economic and Social Council asked to guide information technology issues

The United Nations should continue to play a leading role in expanding information and communications technologies to promote development, participants have told the world body’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), currently meeting in Geneva.

Global alliance outlines work to solve information technology needs of the poor

After two days of meetings in Malaysia involving over 700 experts from around the world, the United Nations initiative to foster information and communication technologies (ICT) in developing countries has established a framework for their activities.