(PART 2. THEMATIC BACKGROUNDERS)
Mona Safi-Harb, Gordon W. Roberts,
Microelectronics & Computer Systems Laboratory, McGill University, Canada
SYNCHROINFO JOURNAL. Volume 7, Number 3 (2021). P. 36-44.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. Established over 150 years ago in 1865, ITU is the intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. For more information, visit www.itu.int.
Keywords: Accessibility to ICTs, Affordability, Artificial Intelligence for good, Climate change.
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