17 December 2018

ISOC – Developing Community Networks in Northern Brazil: Strengthening Marginalized Communities

Our aim is to contribute to the growth and improvement of community networks policies and practices in Brazilian rural areas by strengthening marginalized movements and...
2 December 2018

ISOC – A Critical First Step for IoT Security in Senegal

As barriers to entry start to fall, the Internet of Things (IoT) industry could provide Africa with an opportunity to build a brighter economic future....
30 November 2018

ISOC – 2018 Survey on Policy in Asia-Pacific: We Need to Do Something About IoT Security

Earlier this year, we asked Internet users across Asia-Pacific just how secure they thought their smart gadgets were. The findings, gathered from 950 respondents in...
27 November 2018

ISOC – Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and IoT Events in November & December

The end of the year has been very busy, with Internet Society staff members speaking at many events on data protection, security-by-design, and the Internet...
23 November 2018

ISOC – Africa Needs Its Internet Institutions More Than Ever, Especially AFRINIC

At the recent African IGF in Khartoum, on November 5, participants of the workshop on “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Critical African Internet Institutions” hailed the achievements...
11 November 2018

ISOC – Making the Case for Community Networks at Africa IGF

Who supplies your Internet? If you live in urban Africa, you probably get Internet access through your mobile phone or through fibre at the office...
29 October 2018

UNCTAD Dialogue – The pursuit of inclusion: Africa and the new digital economy by Juliet Anammah, CEO Jumia Nigeria

A banker in Ikoyi in Lagos Nigeria and a cleaner at the arrival hall of Kotoka Airport in Accra, Ghana. There seems to be nothing...
8 October 2018

UNCTAD – Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo look hard at e-commerce opportunities

Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo need far-reaching reforms of their infrastructure and legal systems to benefit from e-commerce, new studies of the West African countries...
5 October 2018

ISOC – Community Networks 3 September 2018 Community Networks Key to Connecting Africa

As Internet access continues to grow in Africa, with over 450 million people now connected to the Internet, more than 60 percent of the population...
25 September 2018

IMF – Chart of the Week: The Digital Divide in Asia

The countries of Southeast Asia are young—more than half of its 643 million people are under 30— and together they live in an economy of...
25 September 2018

Ideanomics and APMEN Trade Tech form joint venture for blockchain port project

The US-based technology company, Ideanomics, has formed a joint venture with the Asia-Pacific Model Electronic Port Network (APMEN) Trade Tech Company. Ideanomics will deliver blockchain...
21 September 2018

UNCTAD – Digital Data Sharing: The Ignored Opportunity for Making Global Maritime Transport Chains More Efficient

The economic significance of maritime transport chains Since the beginning of civilization, maritime transport for the exchange of goods has been the backbone of economic...
31 August 2018

ISOC – It Is a Challenging Time for the Internet: We Must Not Let It Be Undermined

On 1 September I start work as CEO of the Internet Society. I have a lot to do to live up to the example set...
24 August 2018

UN – Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

The High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was convened by the UN Secretary-General to advance proposals to strengthen cooperation in the digital space among Governments, the...
20 August 2018

Estonian president: We have a generation grown up communicating digitally

CNBC's Elizabeth Schulze spoke with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid about the country's push into the digital sphere. Watch the Video here        ...
20 August 2018

ISOC – An interview with Kathy Brown – The biggest challenges of the Internet

Late November, Kathy Brown announced that she would be stepping down as CEO of the Internet Society. While preparing for her next chapter, she reflected on...
20 August 2018

E-commerce Trade Taxation and WTO Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions

The basic WTO document for electronic transmissions, including all sorts of transmissions such as video and software, is the WTO Declaration on "Global Electronic Commerce"....
17 August 2018

Investissements – L'”iGuide” pour attirer à l’international

Madagascar entre dans le site web dynamique de la CNUCED (www.theiguides.org) afin d'accroitre son image. Le site a été lancé officiellement hier.   Article original: L'express...
17 August 2018

Digital trade reforms set to earn Comesa $17.5b

Uganda, among other Common Market for Eastern and Southern African (Comesa) member states, can earn more revenue if only she fast-tracked trading electronically. If all...
10 August 2018

UNCTAD – “Let’s make Africa a digital Africa,” Jack Ma tells entrepreneurs

Jack Ma in South africa From Madagascar to Liberia, Africa’s “digital lions” are preparing to roar, speakers said at an event co-organized by UNCTAD, the Alibaba Business School...
30 July 2018

South Africa: ITU Telecom World 2018’s stage for smart digital development

By Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General There’s no doubting the importance of connectivity in driving social and economic development throughout the world, in emerging and developed...
27 July 2018

Internet Society – Future Thinking: what3words on IP Addresses for the “Real” World

Last year, the Internet Society unveiled the 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future. The interactive report identifies the drivers affecting tomorrow’s Internet...
25 July 2018

UNCITRAL – Paraguay ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts

VIENNA, 25 July (UN Information Service) - With its ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (the...
10 July 2018

UNCTAD – A fairer economy requires protection as much as inclusion

Better access to formal financial services thanks to digital technologies has improved lives but brought new risks, such as over-indebtedness. Better consumer protection is needed....
3 July 2018

Internet Society – Future Thinking: Roxanne Varza on the Internet Economy

In April 2018, we interviewed two stakeholders –Biddemu Bazil Mwotta, who introduced an agribusiness app, and Roxanne Varza, the director of  a startup incubator  –...
3 July 2018

The World Bank – Technology works for getting poor people’s problems fixed – we just have to get it right

One of the encouraging signs that I pick up whenever I travel is the difference that technology is making to the lives of millions of...
2 July 2018

Government of Estonia – President Kersti Kaljulaid calls for ‘e-Residency 2.0′

The President has initiated a national effort to improve what Estonia can offer the world through e-Residency. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid hosted a round-table discussion...
2 July 2018

COMESA – Drawing regional attention to digital economic integration

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is rallying its member states towards full adoption of digital technologies to tackle the developmental disparities...
29 June 2018

UNESCAP – ADB: Pakistan’s per capita e-commerce spending amongst lowest in Asia Pacific

The report  "Embracing the E-commerce Revolution in Asia and the Pacific" jointly prepared by the United Nations Economic and Social Communication for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP)...
21 June 2018

How blockchain-based remittance services can boost financial inclusion

By Alan Safahi, CEO, ZED Network The turn of the century marked a period of rapid migration: the total number of international migrants has increased...
7 June 2018

5 technologies that will forever change global trade

Ziyang Fan Project Head, Digital Trade and Data Flows, World Economic Forum LLC Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle Head of Policy, International Trade and Investment, Global Leadership Fellow, World...
1 June 2018

Look Who Is Riding the Blockchain Hype Train

A blockchain is basically a special kind of database. They are inherently inefficient compared to a traditional database, but that is viewed as a sacrifice to gain...
31 May 2018

Inside the Information Society – Innovation and development

By David Souter , Managing Director, ict Development Associates Inside the Information Society: Innovation and development Complexity lies at the heart of the challenges that...
31 May 2018

Trade Logistics in a Digital World

Crossborder Distribution is a Difficult Barrier to be Overcome by Online Sellers The global B2C crossborder ecommerce market is expected to increase in size to $1 trillion...
30 May 2018

Half the world’s population is still offline. Here’s why that matters.

By Eric White and Oren Pinsky, World Economic Forum Last month scientists at Tufts University announced that they had created a sensor that can be...
30 May 2018

Why ICTs are critical for sustainable development

By Dr William Lehr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are accelerators, amplifiers, and augmenters of change. They make it...
22 May 2018

Africa Accelerated: How Digital transformation is accelerating growth on the continent

If there was ever a time to watch progress in Africa, it would be now. As we have seen so many times before, the continent...
14 May 2018

The next phase of digitisation and automation in liner shipping and ports

Attitudes towards technology in the maritime sector are in transition and 2018 could be crunch time for many concepts launched in the last few years...
11 May 2018

Africa’s alternative path to development

Author: Brahima Sangafowa Coulibaly,    Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development &  Director - Africa Growth Initiative   Recent projections indicate that several Sub-Saharan African countries will experience robust economic...
3 May 2018

Why ICTs are critical for sustainable development

By Dr William Lehr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are accelerators, amplifiers, and augmenters of change. They make it...
3 May 2018

Four ways governments can ensure tech boosts development

By Dr George Barker, London School of Economics (LSE), London, UK; and Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. In October 2017, the ITU published ICT-centric economic growth,...
27 April 2018

Disruptive trade technologies will usher in the ‘internet of rules’

Trade policy 3.0, with algorithmic law and automation friendly legislation, will help more firms trade, writes Craig Atkinson Businesses, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises...
27 April 2018

These 11 questions will help you decide if blockchain is right for your business

One of the most unique aspects of blockchain is its high number of evangelists – people who believe blockchain can solve everything from global financial...
25 April 2018

Experts call for global data sharing to defend against AI-driven cyberattacks

By Mark Anderson If they haven’t done so already, cyber attackers may soon be arming themselves with artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) strategies and...
24 April 2018

UNCITRAL E-Commerce Law 2.0: Blockchain and Smart Contracts

Guest Post by Irene Ng Irene Ng is a Fellow at the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Vienna....
20 April 2018

Data, the Sharing Economy and Canadian Federal Regulation

APRIL 18, 2018 | BY KATHERINE REILLY Theory tells us that data is central to digital platform capitalism, so there is growing interest in creating policies that...
20 April 2018

Digital identity programs: what could go wrong? Our contribution at UNCTAD’s E-Commerce Week

By WAFA BEN-HASSINE- 19 april 2018 On Monday, Access Now participated in a panel on digital identity programs and data protection, hosted by the United Nations Conference on...
20 April 2018

Facilitation 2.0: Enabling trade in the digital age

By Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz,   Chief Executive Officer, ICTSD The expansion of the trade facilitation agenda, expressed as Facilitation 2.0, is critical in a time of global...
19 April 2018

Sustainable Development Financing Report Pulls Alarm on Short-Termism

STORY HIGHLIGHTS > The annual IATF report sets the tone for the spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF),...
19 April 2018

Governments can’t resist the digital revolution. This is what they need to do instead

In Rwanda, digitally-monitored drones deliver blood supplies to hospitals. In Estonia, it takes five minutes to file taxes and 99 percent of government services are...
13 April 2018

Governments can fight corruption by joining the digital payment revolution

11 Apr 2018 Tidhar Wald - Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Better than Cash Alliance, United Nations When the shift to digital payments is...
13 April 2018

Confronting the macroeconomic challenges of the fourth industrial revolution

The business implications are already clear, but the macroeconomic aspect is overlooked, writes Lutfey Siddiqi “The fourth industrial revolution – isn’t that an IT thing? We...
12 April 2018

How to foster digital transformation to support SMEs

By Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretary General, WITSA Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in creating jobs and promoting economic growth, especially...
4 April 2018

Elaborating a shared vision for MSMEs in the WTO

Bridging distance for development: Elaborating a shared vision for MSMEs in the WTO 15 February 2018 By Hanne Melin Internet-enabled commerce has the potential to...
23 March 2018

Internet Society – How Do We Connect Everyone to the Internet?

By Dan York, Director, Content and Web Strategy, Internet Society How do we connect everyone, everywhere, to the Internet? What role do “community networks” play in...
22 March 2018

UNCTAD – For a digital economy that leaves no one disconnected

Written by  Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD The ultimate outcome of the technological revolution is uncertain, but it is up to us, policymakers at...
15 March 2018

The future of infrastructure connectivity

Conversations on connectivity, part 2: The future of infrastructure connectivity In between the plenary panels and roundtable discussions at the first GICA annual meeting held in Paris this...
15 March 2018

WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and Doing Business reforms: Are they related and how?

SUBMITTED BY INÉS ZABALBEITA MÚGICA ON MON, 03/12/2018 CO-AUTHORS: MARILYNE YOUBI, CÉCILE FERRO   Small differences in the time and cost to trade can determine whether or not a...
9 March 2018

The World Bank – Using Big Data and the Internet of Things to Help End Poverty

By Jim Kim , President at The World Bank Most of us have been bombarded by fantastical visions of the future – where we no longer...
6 March 2018

Can the digital revolution transform agriculture?

By:  Heinz Strubenhoff - Senior Private Sector Specialist - World Bank &   Roy Parizat - Senior Economist - The World Bank   The world talks a lot about the digital...
2 March 2018

World Bank – Demystifying technologies for digital identification

With more than 1.1 billion individuals without official proof of identity, a myriad of technologies is advancing at a faster speed than ever before and...
1 March 2018

UN Women – Using blockchain technology to empower women

From where I stand: Using blockchain technology to empower women Olivier Mukuta, a social innovator who grew up in a refugee camp is working to...
28 February 2018

ASEAN Rides the E-commerce Wave

With the emergence of the digital economy driving economic growth and creating new business opportunities around the world, how can the ASEAN nations catch this...
6 February 2018

WWW Foundation – It’s time for the G20’s first digital agenda

The G20 member states account for 85 percent of the global economy and are home to half of the world’s internet users. From artificial intelligence to personal data...