UNESCO and Microsoft sign accord to help bridge digital divide

Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, today joined the coalition of major private sector partners supporting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) global strategy to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to boost education, social and economic development.

Public information critical element of UN's success, senior official says

Public information is a critically important element of the success of the United Nations, and the world body has managed to develop innovative ways to engage more people, the UN's top communications official said today.

UN task force reviews adequacy of global funding for information technologies

A United Nations task force today began examining the adequacy of funding worldwide for information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly in developing countries.

UN experts’ meeting considers need for global convention against cyber-crime

The possibility of creating a new global treaty against cyber-crime will be on the agenda when criminologists from around the world gather today in Seoul for the start of a two-day United Nations meeting on combating computer-related offences.

UN meeting looks to fight spam globally

Seeking to head off abuses of the Internet and other digital services, officials from government, consumer groups and civil society gathered today in Geneva for a United Nations meeting on fighting the scourge of unwanted electronic junk mail, or "spam."

UN slowly regaining indispensable role in global affairs, information committee hears

Although the United Nations suffered in 2003 rumblings about its fading into irrelevance largely from the debate surrounding the war in Iraq, there are signs that a year later the Organization is slowly regaining its indispensable role in global affairs, the UN's top information official said today.

Annan stresses value of ensuring free and open content in new technologies

If the communications revolution is to open doors rather than close them, policy-makers must support the providers of content so that they are guaranteed freedom of expression, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told an Asian media summit in Kuala Lumpur today.

Improving lives of elderly with information technology focus of UN event

The goal of enriching the quality of life of today's ageing population through information and communications technology (ICT) would be impossible without meaningful public diplomacy, according to one of the keynote speakers at a meeting held today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Conference at UN to look at improving lives of elderly with information technology

With the world's population of people 60 and older increasing by 1.2 million each year, a conference set to begin tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York will look at how information and communication technologies can help meet emerging economic, social and cultural challenges.