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The annual UN International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East is being held virtually this year on 8 December [10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. EST] and 9 December [10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST]. Watch live.
While most urban areas are covered by a mobile-broadband network, worrying gaps in internet access persist in rural areas, according to ITU’s Measuring Digital Development: Facts and figures 2020. Connectivity gaps in rural areas are particularly pronounced in least developed countries (LDCs), where 17 per cent of the rural population live in areas with no mobile coverage at all, and 19 per cent of the rural population is covered by only a 2G network. 72 per cent of households in urban areas has access to the Internet at home, almost twice as much as in rural areas.
Trafficking, abuse of power, human rights violations, environmental crimes, police violence. Journalists expose the abuses that impact us all. They stand up to power and inform us, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. That's why we must stand up for them.
Migrants often face lack of clear, accessible information that allows them to make informed decisions, so word-of-mouth myths and prejudices about access to status regularization prevail. “Many migrants are facing the consequences of decisions they made, which were informed by misinformation spreading on social media,” said Leonard Doyle, head of IOM Communications. Two new IOM campaigns are attempting to counter that. “Think Twice” was presented online in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador on 22 October, two days after the virtual launch of “Mistakes by word of mouth," a campaign in Costa Rica.
Misinformation is damaging our efforts across issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate action and racial justice. The simple act of pausing before you share information online interrupts the emotional response and triggers a moment of critical thinking. As part of the United Nations Secretary General’s global push to stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online and the Verified campaign, we are asking you to join our movement. Visit pledgetopause.org and www.takecarebeforeyoushare.org.
To launch the 2020 International Day for Universal Access to Information and its themes, UNESCO organizes the high-level online panel, “Access of Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope!,” set to take place o
ITU brings us the story of an invaluable mobile application, Afriscout, helping Kenyan pastoralists beat the drought. Afriscout was developed for and with pastorialists to help them make informed migration decisions, by providing them with timely information about forage and water availability.
5G is the 5th generation of mobile technologies - an evolution from the previous generations of mobile technology: 2G, 3G and 4G. Mobile, or wireless, technologies - mobile phones, tablets and other wireless devices - have become basic communication tools of everyday life. For many on this planet, mobile is the primary — sometimes only — channel for accessing the Internet and the benefits it brings. 3G, 4G and 5G networks produce radio-frequency electromagnetic fields which are used to transmit information. With the introduction of mobile communication technologies, there has been some public concern about the potential health risks associated with the use of mobile phones and living near base stations. For all radio frequencies (0 to 300 GHz), international maximum levels are designed to avoid any adverse health effects.
With families spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations asks them to use this opportunity to teach kids about global challenges - not only the health pandemic, but also poverty, hunger and climate change. Drawing on the power of storytelling to foster positive social change, a plethora of books, board games and public service ads developed by the UN are showing children how to stay healthy and safe, support others during the crisis, and play a role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.