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The e-Collaborative Hub or E-Co Hub is a single-entry online gateway for policy makers, trainers and practitioners to easily access and search for relevant knowledge resources on different aspects of ICT for development (ICTD). There is also a collaborative workspace to discuss views, share ideas and collaborate on projects related to ICTD.

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The Role of Fintech in Unlocking Green Finance: Policy Insights for Developing Countries

The Role of Fintech in Unlocking Green Finance: Policy Insights for Developing Countries

New financial technologies such as blockchain, the Internet of Things, and big data offer the potential to unlock green finance. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implementing the Paris Agreement will require significant new investment. New financial technologies (fintech) offer the potential to unlock green finance technologies, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things and big data, developed over the same time frame as the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. We outline three broad areas for the possible application of fintech to green finance: blockchain applications for sustainable development; blockchain use-cases for renewable energy, decentralized electricity market, carbon credits, and climate finance; and innovation in financial instruments, including green bonds. We focus on blockchain use-cases pertaining to sustainable development and renewable energy and highlight examples from Europe, which has been a leader in blockchain technology. We also explore the implications for developing economies in Asia and draw preliminary recommendations for policy makers interested in harnessing fintech and blockchain for low-carbon climate-resilient investment and the achievement of the SDGs.

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ICT for Energy - Telecommunications and energy working for sustainable development

ICT for Energy - Telecommunications and energy working for sustainable development

This report increases understanding of the interplay between actors, business models, services, and products of both ICT and energy sectors and sheds light on the importance of policy interventions to optimise resources and build sustainable synergies.

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Digital identity in the ICT ecosystem: An overview

Digital identity in the ICT ecosystem: An overview

This paper defines digital identity, provides an overview of the various types of digital identity systems, looks at different approaches taken and the range of challenges being faced, as well as opportunities that arise from using digital identity platforms.

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Assessing the Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence

Assessing the Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence

This is the first paper in a new series of ITU's Issue Paper on Emerging Trends, which aims to identify and recognize emerging trends in the telecommunication/ICTs environment, and share the information with all ITU membership to enhance our capacity to understand the force transforming our society with the development of telecommunication/ICT. Contributed by the McKinsey Global Institute, the economic and business research arm of McKinsey & Company, it offers a framework for thinking about how to model the economic impact of AI, putting this exercise in the context of the research on the dynamically changing world of work in the light of automation, the need for a skills revolution, and the increasing and potential use of AI by companies.

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Policies, Legislation, and Initiatives to Promote Access to ICTs for People with Hearing and/or Speech Impairment

Policies, Legislation, and Initiatives to Promote Access to ICTs for People with Hearing and/or Speech Impairment

This paper catalogues how APEC economies provide assistance to the hearing and/or speech impaired, the legislation in place to provide this support and the initiatives that encourage industry to consider accessibility in the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It further provides a summary of trends in policies, legislation, and initiatives in consideration of the findings in the study.

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United Nations Activities on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

United Nations Activities on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

A joint-effort between ITU and 32 UN agencies and bodies, all partners of 2018's AI for Good Global Summit, this report provides information about the diverse and innovative activities related to artificial intelligence (AI) across the UN system. It outlines how AI is being used to fight hunger, mitigate climate change, or advance health for all and we see how UN agencies experiment with AI to improve response to disease outbreaks, monitor energy use in real-time, and facilitate the transition to smart sustainable cities.

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Internet Plus Agriculture: A New Engine for Rural Economic Growth in the People's Republic of China

Internet Plus Agriculture: A New Engine for Rural Economic Growth in the People's Republic of China

This publication reviews the practices and policies of Internet Plus agriculture business models in the People’s Republic of China. This publication reviews the practices and policies of Internet Plus agriculture business models in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It analyzes the agriculture value chain model, rural e-commerce platform, and Internet Plus agriculture service model. The Internet Plus rural economy is an emerging driver of comprehensive development in the PRC as a new production management and marketing tool for farmers and farmers’ cooperatives. Its potential is seen as a foundation for vitalizing the countryside and key to achieving agricultural modernization.

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Harnessing Technology for More Inclusive and Sustainable Finance in Asia and the Pacific

Harnessing Technology for More Inclusive and Sustainable Finance in Asia and the Pacific

This report tracks the progress of financial innovation in Asia and the Pacific, and discusses its implications for financial inclusion and stability as well as its challenges. Asia and the Pacific continues to embrace financial technology advances that are reshaping the traditional banking and financial services industry. This is being done through the digitalization, decentralization, and disintermediation of economic transactions. This report tracks the progress of financial innovation in the region, and discusses its implications for financial inclusion and stability as well as its challenges. It also identifies key policy issues for central banks, financial regulators, and international financial institutions.

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Information and Communications for Development 2018 : Data-Driven Development

Information and Communications for Development 2018 : Data-Driven Development

The Information and Communications for Development report takes an in-depth look at how information and communication technologies (ICT) are impacting economic growth in developing countries. This new report, the fourth in the series, examines the topic of data-driven development, or how better information makes for better policies. The objective is to assist developing country firms and governments to unlock the value of the data they hold for better service delivery and decision making, and to empower individuals to take more control of their personal data. The chapters of the report explore different themes associated with the supply of data, the technology underlying it, and the demand for it. The concluding chapter considers government policies for data, including data protection and privacy.

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AI: Intelligent machines, smart policies

AI: Intelligent machines, smart policies

This report reflects discussions at the OECD conference “AI: Intelligent Machines, Smart Policies” held in Paris on 26-27 October, 2017. After discussing the state of Artificial intelligence (AI) research – in particular ‘machine learning’ –, speakers illustrated the opportunities that AI provides to improve economies and societies, in areas ranging from scientific discovery and satellite data analysis to music creation. There was broad agreement that the rapid development of AI calls for national and international policy frameworks that engage all stakeholders. Discussions focused on the need for policy to facilitate the adoption of AI systems to promote innovation and growth, help address global challenges, and boost jobs and skills development, while at the same time establishing appropriate safeguards to ensure that AI systems are human-centric and benefit people broadly. Transparency and oversight, algorithmic discrimination and privacy abuses were key concerns, as were new liability, responsibility, security and safety questions.

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