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Digital inclusion, AI under microscope at ITU conference

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Strategies to promote digital inclusion and bridge the digital divide, and ways to leverage emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and 5G, are key issues for focus at this year’s 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) – the highest policy-making body of the International Telecommunication Union.

Media registration has now opened for the PP18 to be staged by the ITU — the United Nations' specialised agency for information and communication technology — in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 29 October to 16 November.

The conference — which will also focus on improvements to the way people live and work around the globe — is expected to attract about 3000 participants, including heads of state, and an estimated 130 VIPs from more than 193 member states and more than 800 private companies, academic institutions and national, regional and international bodies.

ITU plays an integral role in enabling the development and implementation of ICTs worldwide through its mandate to co-ordinate the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promote international co-operation in assigning satellite orbits, work to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world and establishing worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems.  

The Dubai conference will also set ITU's financial plan and elect its five top executives — secretary-general, deputy secretary-general, and the directors of the Radiocommunication, Telecommunication Standardisation and Telecommunication Development Bureaux — who will guide its work over the next four years.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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