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.