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August 23, 2019

ITU in the News this week: August 17 – 22

As technology continues to shape our daily lives, here is a weekly round-up of the latest world news on ITU.

Ghana: Girls in ICT Mentorship Week

SDGs 1, 5 and 10 cannot be achieved without a conscious and deliberate approach to encourage more girls and women to take up leadership roles in the ICT industry, said the country’s Minister of Communication Ursula Owusu-Ekuful at the opening event for Ghana’s Girls in ICT Mentorship Week on August 19 in Accra.

Organized by the Ministry of Communication, the seven-day mentorship programme aims to encourage and sustain the enthusiasm of girls for the ICT sector – and provides an opportunity for them to gain hands-on experience and learn from female professionals in the sector.

Cumulatively, more than 4,000 girls in Ghana have participated in the initiative. The 60 girls in participation of the Girls in ICT mentorship week were adjudged best out of 548 others who have participated in ICT training and education in the region, reports the Ghanaian Times.

At the event, Minister of Communication Ursula Owusu-Ekuful highlighted Ghana’s joining of ITU’s Girls-in-ICT initiative to help bridge the digital gender divide by promoting ICT education and training for girls in the region.

Learn more about Girls in ICT and the EQUALS mission

“This opportunity is to help you experience what happens at an ICT working environment, as well as interact with females who have excelled in the industry,” said Magdalene Apenteng, Chief Director of the Ministry of Communication.

How Saudi Arabia’s ICT infrastructure served 2.5 million Hajj holy visitors

The Saudi Press Agency highlights ITU’s recent coverage of how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ICT infrastructure served the 2.5 million Hajj holy visitors who made the journey to Mecca this year.

Locals and pilgrims accessed data-heavy mobile applications to capture and share special moments with family and friends. During this time, the daily individual consumption exceeded the global average of daily individual data consumption by 95 percent.

The provision of these services presented a major logistical challenge, which the Kingdom was able to overcome thanks to ICT infrastructure planning by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Over 7,000 ICT professional participated in delivering ICT services to the 7.4 million-plus local and roaming subscribers.

Keeping children and young people safe online

The Geneva Internet Platform Digital Watch observatory for Internet governance and digital policy Digwatch has added the 13th International Conference on ‘Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online’ to its events list.

The 13th International Conference on ‘Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online’ will be held in Warsaw, Poland, and is organized by the Polish and German Safer Internet Centres, which have been working together within the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility Program. ITU is the co-organizer of the conference.

Learn more about the 13th International Conference on ‘Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online’

From September 17-18, the conference will address a wide range of issues on the subject of the safety of children and young people on the Internet. Representatives from the education sector, NGOs, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies and Internet content service providers form the core audience for the conference, which aims to raise awareness of new challenges and opportunities on the topic – and share experiences and best practices.

Strengthening local skills in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On August 20, ITU’s Regional Director for Africa Andrew Rugege was welcomed by Léon Juste Ibombo, Minister of Telecommunications of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for a one-on-one discussion on skill-building, the digital economy and the digital divide.

The Congolese side has asked ITU to assist with the implementation of the country’s strategies for developing the digital economy. Core themes revolved around the promotion of electronic transactions, e-commerce regulation, data protection, cybersecurity and the creation of an alert center against cybercrime. Léon Juste Ibombo said that there has been agreement that ITU support the Congo in capacity-building for all players in the digital sector, including judges and police.

To address these issues, the Congolese government will organize, in partnership with ITU, a national workshop on innovation to boost the digital sector and promote the legislation in force. On the digital divide, effort is in progress, and a Universal Service Fund has been established to promote digital inclusion and aid in the coverage of hard-to-access areas, said Léon Juste Ibombo.

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ITU in the News this week: August 17 – 22

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