UN's information technology alliance to focus on major concerns

A leading United Nations body working to spread the benefits of information technology should concentrate on the areas that most concern people around the world, the chair of that body said today.

UN launches initiative to improve Internet access in Asia-Pacific region

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a new database to promote the development of telecentres – community centres where people in the poorest and most remote areas, from farmers to students, gain access to computers and the Internet.

UNICEF launches teacher resource centres to improve education in Maldives

Using technology to bridge distance, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of the Maldives have opened 20 broadband-enabled teacher resource centres to help provide quality education to a population spread across 200 small islands.

UN forum examines Internet risks and opportunities

The dangers and opportunities of the World Wide Web dominated discussions on the final day of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, at which many of the nearly 1,400 participants, ranging from sceptics to supporters, provided a glimpse of what might lie in the future.

UN forum tackles balance between property rights and Internet freedom

Reconciling the free flow of information with intellectual property law topped the agenda today as the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, which has brought together 1,700 delegates from government, civil society and the private sector this week, continued its discussions in Rio de Janeiro.

Internet access for the next billion people tops discussions at UN forum

Participants at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, which has brought some 1,700 delegates from government, civil society and the private sector to Rio de Janeiro this week, called today for Internet “access for the next billion” people.

Internet resources and accessibility spotlighted at UN forum

Critical Internet resources, access, openness and using the World Wide Web to assist development were among the issues tackled today at the opening in Rio de Janeiro of the second meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum.

UN publishes manual to help States compile information technology statistics

A Geneva-based United Nations agency today announced the publication of a new manual offering technical assistance for compiling statistics on information and communications technology (ICT).

Internet Governance Forum this month will be wide-ranging, says UN official

A meeting on Internet governance in Rio de Janeiro later this month will bring together participants from around the world to discuss issues ranging from open standards to child protection and child pornography, a senior United Nations official said today.

Africa ready for information technology investment, UN summit told

As a two-day summit on improving Africa’s information technology infrastructure wrapped up today in Rwanda, the head of the United Nations telecommunications agency reminded investors that Africa is “open for business and looking for partnerships.”