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.”

UN partners with Microsoft to bring technology benefits to millions in Africa

The United Nations telecommunications agency and technology giant Microsoft have announced a new partnership to help bring the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) to millions in Africa, a key aim of a global summit that kicked off today in Rwanda.

UN-organized radio communication conference opens in Geneva

The United Nations telecommunication agency today opened an international conference on radio communications that aims to examine the worldwide use of radio frequencies and meet the global demand for spectrum.

Low-cost laptop project for poor children closer to reality, says UN advocate

The ‘One Laptop per Child’ initiative, a pioneering project to give children in poor countries access to affordable computers, is in sight of becoming a reality, the United Nations advocate for the world’s most vulnerable nations said today.

UN-backed forum examines role of information in humanitarian operations

Improving humanitarian responses during emergencies through better information is the focus of a United Nations event that kicked off today in Geneva, bringing together governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientists, academics, the media and the private sector.

UN launches new ‘e-agriculture’ platform to support rural development

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a new interactive web-based site, underscoring the important role information and communication technology (ICT) can play in promoting agriculture and rural development.

UN-sponsored meeting seeks to link remote Asia-Pacific communities to Internet

With only about 14,000 of the world’s estimated 170,000 community e-centres in Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations opened a two-day meeting today on establishing a regional knowledge network of the centres where people in the poorest and remotest areas, from farmers to students, gain access to computers and the Internet.

Secretary-General urges young people to harness ICT to build better world

Stressing the growing role of information and communication technology (ICT) in the quest for development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on youth attending a United Nations-backed summit to harness the power of the digital revolution to tackle global challenges.

Better IT connectivity can unleash Africa’s economic potential, UN officials say

Better information technology links can help Africa to unleash its economic potential, United Nations and business leaders said today in New York.