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ITU Announced 18 Winners ,Including IIM Bangalore, of WSIS Prizes 2015

[Geneva] ITU Announced 18 winners Including IIM Bangalore,of the WSIS Prizes 2015
Secretary-General Houlin Zhao announced the 18 winners of the WSIS Prizes 2015 at the WSIS High-Level Opening Segment, which was held at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.
The WSIS Prizes 2015 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories across the 11 WSIS Action Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action.
This year’s WSIS Project Prize winners include government departments+ international organizations+private sector companies+ NGOs + academia.
More than 300 projects were nominated for the 2015 contest, more than twice the number of nominations in 2014, reflecting the prestigious nature of the award and the growing importance of ICTs in national development strategies.
The awards are conferred through online voting involving over 100,000 stakeholders from around the world.
This year’s 18 winners are:
Action Line C1 The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Winner: Young Innovations, Nepal
Action Line C2 Information and communication infrastructure
Winner: Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Mexico
Action Line C3 Access to information and knowledge
Winner: Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh
Action Line C4 Capacity building
Winner: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates
Action Line C5 Building confidence & security in the use of ICTs
Winner: Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), Italy
Action Line C6 Enabling environment
Winner: Ministry of Finance, Kazakhstan
Action Line C7 E-government
Winner: Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia
Action Line C7 E-business
Winner: Ministry of Economy and Finance, Uruguay
Action Line C7 E-learning
Winner: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India
Action Line C7 E-health
Winner: FHI 360, United States of America
Action Line C7 E-employment
Winner: Ministry of Manpower, Oman
Action Line C7 E-environment
Winner: Central Agency for Information Technology, Kuwait
Action Line C7 E-agriculture
Winner: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Netherlands
Action Line C7 E-science
Winner: Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
Action Line C8 Cultural diversity & identity, linguistic diversity
Winner: South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski’, Bulgaria
Action Line C9 Media
Winner: Radio Farm International, Canada
Action Line C10 Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Winner: Rwanda Media Commission, Rwanda
Action Line C11 International & regional cooperation
Winner: Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean

Hello ITU ,a Very Happy Birthday!

[New Delhi]Hello ITU ,We wish you a very Happy Birthday!” Your Devotion, For Making The World a Global Village, has left a deep World Wide impact on International society”
International Telecommunication Union[ITU] was formed on 17 May 1865 at the International Telegraph Convention.There are 193 member states of the ITU, which includes 192 UN member states (all except Palau) and Vatican City
ITU became a United Nations specialized agency in 1947.I T U is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies
It is based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the United Nations Development Group it is an intergovernmental public-private partnership organization since its inception. Its membership includes 193 Member States and around 700 public and private sector companies as well as international and regional telecommunication entities, known as Sector Members and Associates, which undertake most of the work of each Sector

ITU deploys emergency communication equipment in Cyclone Pam Hit Vanuatu

[Geneva]ITU deploys emergency communication equipment in Cyclone Pam Hit Vanuatu
ITU deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to Vanuatu following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, a category 5 tropical storm which hit the archipelago on Friday, 13 March.
ITU dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 Broadband Global Area Network terminals and 35 solar panels to the Island nation to support relief coordination efforts. a category 5 tropical storm which hit the archipelago on Friday,13 March.
“Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, which hit Vanuatu with devastating force, paralyzed telecommunications and affected rescue and rehabilitation efforts,
Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Mr Joe Natuman, thanked ITU for the support, noting that all 83 islands in Vanuatu suffered substantial devastation as a result of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Want Hand free Phone In Vehicles?Go To ITU’s Whitelist

[Geneva]Want Hand free Phone In Vehicles?Go To ITU’s Whitelist
Want Mobile Phone?compatible with hands-free terminals in cars Go To ITU’s ‘whitelist’
ITU has published a ‘whitelist’ of mobile phones that are compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled hands-free telephone systems in vehicles. The list will assist consumers and automakers in determining which mobile phones are optimized for high-quality voice conversations in the hands-free environment of vehicles.
The whitelist has been produced at the request of automakers to address the great variance observed in the behaviour of phones when operating within hands-free terminals (HFTs) installed in vehicles. This variance has resulted in automakers dedicating a significant amount of time and money to the testing of mobile phones, producing results that remain valid only until the new software for mobile phones or the next generation of mobile devices come to market.
The list aims to encourage mobile phone manufacturers to follow the requirements of relevant ITU-T standards and to participate in ITU testing events that analyse the behaviour of their products in conjunction with vehicle HFTs.
ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.said “Central to this objective will be improving the compatibility of phones with hands-free terminals in vehicles, and ITU is working to achieve this by encouraging cooperation on this important topic between the automotive and ICT industries.”
Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, said: “The whitelist contains phones that fulfil the requirements of the ‘Chapter 12 tests’ of Recommendations ITU-T P.1100 and P.1110 standards for narrowband and wideband communications involving motor vehicles.”

ITU To Host World Radio Day 2015 In Geneva On 13 February

[Geneva] ITU To Observe World Radio Day 2015 On 13 February
ITU To Host World Radio Day 2015 In Geneva On 13 February
World Radio Day will be marked at ITU in Geneva on 13 February. The event will be broadcast live around the world from 17:00 to 20:00 in the Popov Room in ITU’s Tower Building.
Organized by UNESCO, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the United Nations Office in Geneva, and ITU, World Radio Day will begin with a hackathon among young innovators and software developers and an exhibition of new devices as well as historic pieces opening at 14:00 followed by a technical session by radio communication experts at 14:30.
The main programme live broadcast will be anchored by BBC correspondent Imogen Foulkes

Spam,Accounts for 80%of Global e-mail Traffic:ITU Collaborates I Society To Combat

[Busan]Spam,Accounts for 80%of Global e-mail Traffic: ITU Collaborates Internet Society To Combat
ITU and the Internet Society today signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam.
Spam now accounts for a significant amount of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates.
“Combating the growing menace of spam and the protection of data is a global concern for legitimate Internet and smartphone users,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré.“We need to find global solutions to curtail the flow of intrusive junk mail which not only clogs up the Internet but also carries huge cost implications.”
Under the new agreement, the Internet Society and the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) will identify the best ways to build long-term capacity for addressing spam in developing countries.
The organizations have agreed to preliminarily focus their efforts on three areas:
[1]Facilitating greater regional access to technical experts from the global Internet community who can share anti-spam knowledge and experiences on an ongoing basis
[2]Providing educational training and information on effective anti-spam policies, technical solutions and operational requirements
[3]Documenting anti-spam best practices

ITU+GSMA+Internet Society To Join Forces Against Ebola

[Busan] ITU+GSMA+Internet Society To Join Forces Fight Against Ebola
At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference three organisations of Technocrats [1] the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), [2]the GSMA and [3]the Internet Society (ISOC), announced that they are joining forces in the fight against Ebola.
The three organizations will bring together the global telecommunications and Internet communities, leveraging their extensive reach, capacity and respective memberships to increase the effectiveness of information and communications technologies (ICT), especially mobile communication and the Internet, for better preparedness, early warning and response.
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré convened a special session with ITU membership during the Plenipotentiary Conference currently underway in Busan, Republic of Korea, to identify recommendations for a more effective use of ICTs in the fight against Ebola.
Dr Touré stated: “The ICT Sector is critical in dealing with the Ebola threat. ICTs are already being used by ITU and its partners to support awareness raising and emergency communications, and immediate challenge is to ensure regulatory barriers are removed to facilitate deployment and use of telecommunications applications for the purpose of saving lives.
ITU has already deployed satellite terminals to support ongoing efforts and is currently developing new applications in close cooperation and coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

ITU Calls For Enhancement Of Broadband For Socio-Economic Development

[Busan] ITU Calls For Enhancement Of Broadband For Socio-Economic Development
There are currently 43 countries without any form of National Broadband plan in place.
Governments must enhance their National Broadband planning process to enable ICTs and broadband to catalyse socio-economic development, according to an Open Letter from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to delegates attending the ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference.
In The ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference,The Commission notes the strong links between broadband and development and urges “Member States[2500] to continue to push for inclusion of ICTs and broadband as key enabling transformative technologies in the post-2015 development agenda.
Although there is evidence that Broadband Plans can help to adapt systems and ensure that both industrialized and developing economies can fully benefit from the digital revolution, there are currently 43 countries without any form of National Broadband plan in place.
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré said, “The importance of a National Broadband plan cannot be understated and I encourage all nations to put in place a Broadband Plan that ensures they are ready to meet the digital revolution head-on. Broadband for all, no matter where they live, is a real possibility and represents a real opportunity to achieve meaningful digital inclusion across the globe”.

ITU Conferred GEM-TECH Awards To India Among Seven Countries

[Busan]ITU Conferred GEM-TECH Awards To India Among Seven Countries This Is To Boost Gender Empowerment
Seven outstanding individuals and organizations leading pioneering projects and advocacy linked to harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to boost gender empowerment were honoured this morning as recipients of the first-ever GEM-TECH Awards.
The awards were conferred by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré before some 2,500 delegates at a special ceremony in the morning Plenary session of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference currently taking place in Busan, Republic of Korea.
The event was introduced by leading Korean TV personality Jie-ae Sohn, a journalist with 25 years’ experience as a correspondent for some of the world’s leading media channels.
Co-organized with UN Women, the GEM-TECH Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals in the area of gender equality and mainstreaming through information and communication technology (ICT). The launch of the awards in June of this year prompted over 360 nominations from over 70 countries around the world. The awards were open to leading women and men, as well as organizations working in the field of ICT and gender.
The seven GEM-TECH winners are:
Category [1]: applications, content, production capacities and skills for women’s social and political empowerment and links with sustainable development
Winner: UNESCO’s Women in Africa’s History e-Learning project Ethiopia
[2]ICT applications, content, production capacities and skills for women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction
Winner: iMerit Technology, India
[3] Promoting Women in the ICT sector – initiatives to attract, retain and promote women in the ICT sector and into decision-making roles (public/private sector)
Winner: BCS Chartered Institute for IT United Kingdom
[4] Enabling girls to become ICT creators – initiatives aimed at providing girls with the opportunity to become not just active users, but creators of ICTs and content
Winner: Research Center for Feminist Action (CIPAF) Dominican Republic
[5]Closing the ICT gender gap, ensuring ICT accessibility for women, such as digital literacy training and ensuring affordable and meaningful access to ICTs by women.
Winner: Foundation Philippines
[6] Efforts to reduce online threats and to build women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs
Winner: Association for Progressive Communications (APC) South Africa
[ 7] ICT and broadband strategies, policies and frameworks that promote women’s digital empowerment
Winner: Federal Ministry of Communication Technology Nigeria

ITU Upgrades Houlin Zhao Of China as Unopposed Next Secretary-General

ITU[Busan, Korea]ITU Elects Houlin Zhao Of China as Unopposed Next Secretary-General
ICT engineer turned career diplomat endorsed as ‘safe pair of hands’ to steer ITU through its next four years
ITU’s 19th Plenipotentiary Conference roundly endorsed Houlin Zhao of China as its next Secretary-General.
Zhao will take office on 1 January 2015 for a term of four years, with the possibility of re-election for one additional four-year term.
Zhao is a respected telecoms engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the international environment. He currently serves as ITU Deputy-Secretary-General (DSG), a post he has held since January 2007 after being elected by ITU’s 2006 Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey.
He was re-elected for a second four-year term at ITU’s 2010 Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico
The election took place in Busan, Republic of Korea, during the Plenary session of the PP-14 conference . Zhao won the position with 152 votes, with 156 countries present and voting. He contested the position unopposed.
Addressing the conference after the vote, Zhao told some 2,000 conference participants from around the world that he would do his best to “fulfil ITU’s mission
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