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The Summit in Kigali, Rwanda (2-4 June) addresses the digital divide and related topics, including digital skills, gender, climate change, online safety, the future of work, and more.

The ageing of the global population will be the defining demographic trend of the 21st century—yet our societies struggle to see the opportunities that this trend can unfold. Telecommunications and information communication technologies (ICTs) have a role to play in achieving healthier ageing, but also in helping people build smarter cities, combat age-based discrimination at the workplace, ensure financial inclusion of older persons, and support millions of caregivers across the world. ITU celebrates World Telecommunication and Information Society Day every 17 May.

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ITU Podcasts with Luke Cavanaugh and Prince Zain El-Hashemite.
In the light of the worldwide changes initiated by the pandemic, this second episode discusses the potential future developments of our educational systems, through the eyes of the youth, with Luke Cavanaugh of the Generation Connect Visionaries Board, and Prince Zain, founder of the Y4X Movement, sharing their personal academic experiences that help shape their vision of a future of education with youth and for youth.
Hosted by Arissandra Egorova

Hi kids! Come and join us for the last episode of Online Safety with Sango. In this episode we will talk about how to stay safe while watching videos on online! Stay safe, stay tuned, and engage online! Check out more Sango materials.

The new space race – joined by many private companies in addition to national administrations – means increased complexity when it comes to radio frequency spectrum sharing and space sustainability. Learn more about ITU’s role in safeguarding spectrum use in space.

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Tech for COVID-19 and future outbreaks

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant areas of inequality and exclusion in the digital world, particularly for populations at risk. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published guidelines on how to ensure that digital information, services and products are accessible by all people, including persons with disabilities, during the pandemic. New and emerging technologies that leverage big data and artificial intelligence (AI) offer new ways of responding to and recovering from the pandemic.

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This latest edition of ITU News Magazine presents ITU’s Youth Strategy to drive inclusive empowerment, engage young leaders and help them participate alongside today’s digital leaders​.

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New data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reveal strong global growth in Internet use, with the estimated number of people who have used the Internet surging to 4.9 billion in 2021. The unusually sharp rise in the number of people online suggests that measures taken during the pandemic contributed to a 'COVID connectivity boost' that has brought an estimated 782 million additional people online since 2019, an increase of 17 per cent. However, ITU data confirm that the ability to connect remains profoundly unequal.

Why does the portrayal of women scientists and engineers in films and in the media matter? Would you say that there's a conscious effort to change the numbers and images of women characters as scientists and engineers? What concrete actions can content creators put in place to support and promote strong female characters and role models? Geena Davis, Academy Award winning Hollywood actor, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and ITU's Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT, answers these questions in an exclusive interview with ITU.

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As the vital protectors of an estimated 80 per cent of the world’s remaining biodiversity, ITU encourages indigenous communities to continue to partner for global sustainability.

A professional microphone and a title: ITU podcasts - Technology for good

Ageing is becoming a megatrend. Around the world birth rates are declining, while people are living longer, healthier lives. For the first time in human history, people over the age of 60 outnumber those under the age of five. A population predicted to reach 2 billion by the year 2050.

In this episode of ITU’s Technology for Good we are focusing on how technology can have a major part to play in ensuring that this population does not go underserved, but that will only happen if both technology creators and policy makers are aware of and act on this dramatic shift in the global demographic.

Join ITU for the first episode of five, learning everything you need to know to stay safe and have fun online! Stay safe, stay tuned, engage! The internet is a great place with exciting adventures and opportunities. However, it is also a place that hides many risks if we are not careful with our behaviour when we surf the web. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to protect ourselves when we communicate, play, and surf online.

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Sustainable development depends more than ever on connecting all communities to digital resources and knowledge. Innovation is integral to the economic growth of countries and the digital inclusion of societies in a post-COVID-19 world. Next year the ITU is hosting the World Telecommunication Development Conference in Addis Ababa focused on connectivity. In the Road to Addis series, an event discussing the role and challenges of entrepreneurship-driven innovation will take place on 21 July 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 CES. Register for the live webinar.

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People who identify as living with disability represent 15% of the world’s population, which is currently around 1 billion people.

How Mauritius is supporting girls in ICT studies

ITU brings us the case of how Mauritius is boosting tech careers for girls and women in Mauritius. The job prospects in the field of telecommunications are immense, especially as Mauritius is having mayor breakthroughs, such as their first satellite launch.  Now it the time for changing attitudes and encouraging girls to be bold, be brave and brake barriers.