Geneva, 8 June 2015 – President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated today as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva. This builds on the BYND2015 Youth Summit organized by ITU in San José, Costa Rica in 2013 where young participants from around the world called on governments to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governance to reach more people more easily than presently possible. They emphasized that the key to a successful development paradigm will be innovation and asked for education systems that equip students with not just theoretical knowledge, but with a practical mix of marketable, innovative and relevant skills needed to compete in the global digital economy.
In this digital age, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is reshaping the lives of the people. It has facilitated growth and development and at the same time created opportunities for the different sectors in our society. However, not everyone has the access or the skills for the available digital resources. With this socioeconomic disparity among the people, there is a definite call to accelerate digital inclusion through innovative solutions across all industries – the very purpose of the Summit. READ MORE
Huawei recognizes the urgent need to reduce the deepening digital divide between those who benefit from connectivity and the internet, and those who don’t. Our new White Paper, Digital Enablement: Bridging the Digital Divide to Connect People and Society, released recently, shows that sustainable business models which create value extend the benefits of connectivity to more people more effectively than traditional models that give away services free of charge.
We also recognize that finding sustainable business models can be a challenge. We suggest two changes to current development thinking to make the processes easier and the business models more effective:
We need to rethink how we (and others) value connectivity and its benefits.…Continue
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on November 25, 2015 at 10:02pm
TechSoup announced today the launch of TechSoup.Global, the world’s first fully global technology donation platform designed to reach social benefit organizations in 236 countries and territories. Already serving more than 1 million registered users, and 90+ corporate donors, the US$5.5 billion technology philanthropy program will now provide inclusive access to donated technology for eligible social benefit organizations (SBOs) around the world.
"It's simple: we otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford software for the new machines and training center," says the director of Learn to Earn. One of thousands of organizations served by…
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on November 20, 2015 at 6:07pm
Threat models can make ICT4D more secure and safe to use. In computer science, “threat modeling” is the approach of playing through attacks and hacks ahead of time. Being alert digital risks can help prevent data breaches and devastating damage – also in the aid sector.
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Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on November 18, 2015 at 9:28pm
Despite increased coverage of mobile communications in Zambia, rural communities still face challenges in accessing online resources and services. Lack of ICT infrastructure particularly internet broaband makes it difficult for the rural people to access services. This has negatively affected service delivery channels to rural areas in sectors such as education, agriculture, climate change and health. Poor agriculture extension services expected from the public sector has over a time exluded small scale farmers from good agriculture practices and thereby rendering low yields and low incomes by the end of each season.
This wide digital gap in broadband access between rural and urban areas has also fuelled continued lack of access to online educational services and resources offered by…Continue
Dear member,As Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary this November, we would love to hear from you particularly on how TCF has helped you or your organization in the last 5 years. We kindly request that you share with us what were the initiatives that have benefited you the most. We…Continue