• ICT

    IFES Launches New Tool to Promote Disability-Inclusive Election Observation

    INTERNATIONAL: According to the World Health Organization, one out of every seven people in the world has a disability, yet citizens with disabilities remain underrepresented in political life as voters, election observers, candidates and election officials. Mainstream observer groups often do not hire people with disabilities to serve as observers and only include basic, if… Continue Reading »

    In Africa, Technology and Human Capital Go Hand in Hand

    AFRICA: Rwanda’s progress from the devastating civil war two decades ago to one of the most rapidly developing African countries is a remarkable narrative on development. Twenty-four years ago, the country was torn apart by civil war and one of the worst genocides human history has known; one in which more than a million people… Continue Reading »

    The Elderly and Web Accessibility – Accommodating Aging Web Users

    USA: The ability to easily access and use the internet has become a vital aspect of leading a normal modern life. We use the World Wide Web to retrieve health information, get access to a plethora of benefits, stay connected with friends and family, and learn about an unprecedented array of commercial and social services… Continue Reading »

    Frontier Technologies for a Sustainable Future

    INTERNATIONAL: Frontier technologies are innovative and often grow fast, with the potential to transform societies, economies and the environment. In recent years, we have seen examples of this in the form of artificial intelligence and machine learning, renewable energy technologies, energy storage technologies, electric and autonomous vehicles and drones, genetic engineering, as well as cryptocurrencies and… Continue Reading »

    Surrey to Build World’s First Translation System for British Sign Language

    SURREY, UK: The world’s first machine capable of turning British Sign Language (BSL) into written English is set to be built by the University of Surrey as part of a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. BSL is a language in its own right, with its own grammar, and it is… Continue Reading »

    Interworking Between LTE & LMR Systems is Essential For Critical Communications, Says ETELM

    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES –  As demand for high speed mobile broadband and smart data services is rapidly increasing, inter-working between new broadband services and traditional mission critical radio systems is essential to ensure equivalent or better services are provided in terms of mission critical performance and coverage. Improved data services must be in addition to… Continue Reading »

    High-level Event Discusses Equity, Democratization in Technological Revolution

    NEW YORK, USA: On the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level debate, high-level representatives of governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia discussed the impact of the technological revolution on society, including on the workforce, education, and low-income countries’ industrialization. They called for regulation of new technologies and for educational systems to… Continue Reading »

    How Technology is Assisting Seniors to ‘Age in Place’

    INTERNATIONAL: The latest statistics show that people are living longer in virtually every country in the world, with the over 60 age group growing faster than any other cohort. The aging global population is altering many aspects of society, none more so than housing.  When quizzed about their preferred living arrangements, the overwhelming majority of over 60’s… Continue Reading »

    OECD, UNEP and World Bank Preview Report, Discuss Financing Climate Futures

    NEW YORK, USA: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and the World Bank Group hosted a discussion on the joint initiative, ‘Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.’ The event, convened during Global Goals Week, previewed a synthesis report on ways in which countries can deliver on the… Continue Reading »