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Digital connectivity, in places like India, is indispensable to overcome the pandemic, and for a sustainable and inclusive recovery (file photo).
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Put digital technology to work ‘for those who need it most’: UN Secretary-General

While the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of digital technologies and the benefits of connectivity, it has also exacerbated inequalities, including basic online access, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in a video message to the closing session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). 

Primary School in Afghanistan.(File)
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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Afghan child abuse, DR Congo measles deaths, Palestinian solidarity

A recap of Wednesday’s stories in brief: UN Afghan Mission calls for probe into school paedophile ring; thousands of children dying from measles in DRC; UN reaffirms solidarity with Palestinians; migrants send billions back home; trust and security “essential” in digital space; and FAO recommends switch to traditional diets.

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'Father of the Internet' offers reassurance to virtual world

People intent on causing harm to others by misusing the Internet are a modern-day threat that the global IT community is doing all it can to overcome, one of the web’s so-called “founding fathers” said on Thursday.

Dr. Vinton Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and one of the original designers of the virtual network, gave the reassuring message at the Internet Governance Forum in Geneva.

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Internet, a “fundamental tool” for sustainable development

Governments seeking to implement public policy initiatives and new globally agreed development goals have a “fundamental tool” that can help them: the Internet.

That’s according to Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, who’s making the case ahead of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which opens on Tuesday in Brazil.