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The Elderly and Web Accessibility – Accommodating Aging Web Users

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, October 12 2018

Senior couple surfing on the Internet on a laptop

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… Continue Reading »

Frontier Technologies for a Sustainable Future

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, October 12 2018

Close-up photo of a computer screen with coloured code

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,… Continue Reading »

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

Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, News, October 10 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

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

ICT, Middle East, News, October 8 2018

grey LG Android smartphone with black smartphone case on grey textile

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… Continue Reading »

High-level Event Discusses Equity, Democratization in Technological Revolution

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, October 5 2018

various circuit boards and wires

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… Continue Reading »

How Technology is Assisting Seniors to ‘Age in Place’

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, Universal Design, October 1 2018

Headshot of an older woman

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… Continue Reading »

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

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, News, Universal Design, September 28 2018

closeup photo of green computer motherboard

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… Continue Reading »

How TVWS is Helping Bridge the Digital Divide in Africa

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, September 26 2018

close-up photo of SPMTE color bars

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA:  With over 45% of the world still without internet access, on 13 September 2018, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) called for the increased utilization of TV Whitespace technology (TVWS) to help bridge the digital divide that is still impacting billions of people across the world. Speaking on the third day… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Conducts “Persons with Disabilities Supportive Work Environment” Workshop in Cooperation with Swaed Association

Events, ICT, Middle East, News, September 25 2018

Qaderoon Network and Swaed Association workshop attendees

SAUDI ARABIA: On Wednesday, September 18, 2018, “Qaderoon” Network, in cooperation with “Swaed” Association for physical disability, organized a workshop on persons with disabilities supportive work environment at Holiday Inn Corniche Hotel in Al Khobar. The workshop aimed at introducing trainees to the basic concepts of disability and its accommodations,… Continue Reading »

World Bank Prices First Global Blockchain Bond, Raising A$110 Million

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, August 29 2018

closeup photo of 100 US dollar banknotes

WASHINGTON/SYDNEY: The World Bank launched bond-i (blockchain operated new debt instrument), the world’s first bond to be created, allocated, transferred and managed through its life cycle using distributed ledger technology. The two-year bond raised A$110 million, marking the first time that investors have supported the World Bank’s development activities in a transaction… Continue Reading »


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