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

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

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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 »

UN-AU Conference Showcases ICT Innovations to Attract Youth to Agriculture

Africa, Events, ICT, News, August 28 2018

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AFRICA: A two-day conference on youth employment in agriculture has highlighted opportunities to tap the potential of Africa’s vast youth population to contribute to sustainable development of the continent. With an estimated 60% of Africa’s 1.2 billion population being under the age of 25, the discussions underscored the need to… Continue Reading »

PEAT and Teach Access Identify Large Skills Gap in the Tech Sector

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, August 21 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC: One in five Americans has a disability, and in today’s digital age it’s more important than ever that people with disabilities are able to use technology, from websites to mobile phones to emerging smart devices. Twenty-eight years after the seminal passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, leading tech companies… Continue Reading »

UNDP Joins Consortium to Develop Safe AI for SDGs

Events, ICT, News, August 20 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has joined a consortium of companies, academics, and NGOs working to ensure that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developed in a safe, ethical and transparent manner. Through the partnership, UNDP’s Innovation Facility will support the testing and scale-up of AI for the SDGs. The… Continue Reading »

Sitemorse Celebrates 70 Years of the NHS with a Ground-breaking Review of NHS Digital Accessibility Compliance

Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, August 13 2018

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LONDON: To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Sitemorse is running a landmark review of digital accessibility compliance in the UK public health sector. The Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index will cover over 600 NHS websites, scoring and ranking them based on accessibility compliance. All NHS websites have legally needed to… Continue Reading »

HLPF Side Event Explores the Role of Blockchain Technology in Advancing SDGs

Americas, Events, ICT, News, August 7 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: On Wednesday, 11 July 2018, on the sidelines of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Government of Slovenia, and the Dutch Blockchain Coalition organized a roundtable to explore the role… Continue Reading »

2018 M-Enabling Summit Displays Wide Range of Products for Improved Accessibility

Americas, Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, August 6 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA: M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase held June 11–13 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Washington D.C. is an annual event dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technology innovations for users of all abilities.  Previously, it had been the offspring of G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive… Continue Reading »

The Leading ICT-Connected Country in Central and Western Africa

Africa, ICT, News, July 17 2018

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GABON, AFRICA: It is impossible these days to drive around the cities of Gabon without noticing the large billboards promoting internet access at rates that were unimaginable only a few years ago. This is a wonderful development for Alphonse, a young, 34-year old public-sector professional. WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram are… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Named a Top Information and Communication Company for Eighth Consecutive Year

Americas, ICT, News, July 16 2018

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TORONTO, ON, CANADA – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announced that it has been included on the Branham300 list of Canada’s top Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies for the eighth year in a row. The listing, published by Branham Group Inc., a global ICT industry… Continue Reading »

For Tongans, a Secure Way to Send Money Home is Priceless

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, July 9 2018


TONGA: Working overseas is tough. But it can be even tougher for workers trying to send their hard-earned money back home to help relatives. Sione Tau, a Tongan who has been picking strawberries in New Zealand for eight seasons, knows this all too well. Until recently, he had to navigate… Continue Reading »

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