Artificial intelligence expert: UN speaks language of humanity, coders don’t

Artificial intelligence (AI) already plays an increasingly important role in our lives — though we might not know it — but the computer coding behind it doesn’t yet reflect everyone’s needs, a leading tech expert believes. At an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event, Anastassia Lauterbach told Jens Renner that, with an “open and inclusive” dialogue on AI led by the UN, unexpected harm might result.

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UN conference reaches agreement on radio spectrum for global flight tracking

An agreement has been reached at the United Nations World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva on the allocation of radiofrequency spectrum to allow the use of satellites for real-time global flight tracking in civil aviation, which could help prevent a repeat of the “tragic loss” of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in March 2014. .

As International Telecommunication Union turns 150, Ban hails ‘resilience’ of oldest UN agency

Marking 150 years since founding of oldest member in the United Nations system, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today applauded the continued resilience and relevance of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), emphasizing that telecommunications – as well as information and communications technology (ICT) – drive innovation.

DOHA: UN conference weighs efforts to combat cybercrime, create safer digital world

Efforts to tame the fast-growing cybercrime threat took centre stage at the United Nations Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, as a diverse group of experts in the field urged strong partnerships between the public and private sectors to create a safer digital landscape.

UN agency, Malaysia, convene expert meeting on real-time flight data monitoring

Some two months after a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished shortly after take-off from Kuala Lumpur, the Government-led, United Nations-supported effort to secure reforms in the way all commercial jetliners are tracked gathered industry leaders and aviation experts met recently in the Malaysian capital to weigh options on real-time tracking measures.

On World Telecommunication Day, UN spotlights broadband for sustainable development

With digital development now well recognized as a transformative tool to fast-track sustainable development, the United Nations is marking World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with calls on the global community to roll-out high-speed broadband networks, making digital communication affordable as well as universally accessible.

UN telecom head calls for real-time flight data in wake of Malaysian airline tragedy

In the wake of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the ongoing hunt for the plane, the head of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today committed the agency to the search for a real-time inflight communications system, drawing on new technology to help improve on the 50-year-old “black box” model.

UN and Asian technology groups agree on standards

The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today announced that it had signed an agreement with key Asian standards developers aimed at allowing new technologies to come to market more quickly and at a lower cost.

Ban underlines the role of information technologies in accelerating development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in accelerating socio-economic development, highlighting their potential to enable the delivery of basic social services to even the remotest areas of the world.

UN agency offers cash reward for the greenest mobile phone application

The United Nations telecommunications agency today launched a contest that will reward the winner with $10,000 for devising the most innovative “app,” or mobile telephone application, that tackles the subject of climate change.