ITU Council 2019: ITU’s annual governing meeting kicked off Monday in Geneva with a State of the Union speech from ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao that highlighted ITU’s key priorities and progress.


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Introducing ‘AI Commons’: A framework for collaboration to achieve global impact. Coming out of the 3rd-annual AI for Good Global Summit, AI innovators and humanitarian leaders are working together to launch an ‘AI Commons’ that will enable AI adopters to connect with AI specialists and data owners to align incentives for innovation and develop AI solutions to precisely defined problems.


Tech for cleaner air: Skopje, North Macedonia has an air pollution problem. Find out how Skopje’s tech developers and its policy-makers are using innovative tech solutions to address the issue.

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Quantum threats: AI, quantum technologies and new cyber threats – are we prepared? Quantum computing is fast approaching. Top experts discussed what quantum technologies will mean for encryption and security – and what’s coming next – at the recent AI for Good Global Summit.

The Future of TV in Europe: “Emerging technologies such AI are revolutionizing the future of television, creating new opportunities but also new business and policy challenges. And ITU is at the forefront of this revolution,” said ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson at last week’s workshop on the future of television in Europe.


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Inviting research on digital health: Do you have research on innovation in healthcare delivery and/or the demands that such innovation will place on ICT networks and supporting technical standards? Kaleidoscope 2019: ICT for Health has extended its deadline to submit papers to 1 July 2019.

Digital fiat currency: How can digital fiat currency boost financial inclusion? What are the regulatory and security requirements? These topics and more will be discussed at the 3rd meeting of the ITU Focus Group on Digital Currency, including Digital Fiat Currency in Geneva, Switzerland this week.


AI for climate change? Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes, according to an article in MIT Tech Review that cited a new paper in which researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, performed a life cycle assessment for training several common large AI models.

For young women in tech, the power of reaching for the stars: Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau discussed the power of dreaming big during her recent talk with Anousheh Ansari, astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, and global humanitarian.


ITU Annual Report 2018

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Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) 2019. Port Vila, Vanuatu.​ 9-12 July 2019. (Register now.)

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