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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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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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The Digital Enterprise: moving from experimentation to transformation

The Digital Enterprise: moving from experimentation to transformation

While enormous resources are being spent on digital transformation programs by the private sector, the results are underwhelming. According to estimates, this year over $1.2 trillion will be spent by companies worldwide on their digital transformation efforts and yet analysis suggests that only 1% of these efforts will actually achieve or exceed their expectations. The Digital Enterprise: Moving from experimentation to transformation is a practical guide on how to envision, structure, and sequence successful digital transformation efforts. It is an effort by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Bain & Company, to help senior executives avoid common patterns of failure and ask the right questions.

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Identity in a Digital World: A new chapter in the social contract

Identity in a Digital World: A new chapter in the social contract

All over the world, a growing number of organizations –from the public and private sectors –are advancing systems that establish and verify digital identities for people, devices and other entities. Yet we are still learning what “identity in a digital world”means. We are also still evolving policies and practices on how best to collect, process or use identity-related data in ways that empower individuals without infringing on their freedoms or causing them harm. At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos, a diverse group of public and private stakeholders committed to shared cooperation on advancing good, user-centric digital identities. Since then, a broader group of stakeholders joined this conversation: experts, policy-makers, business executives, practitioners, rights advocates, humanitarian organizationsand civil society. This publication reflects their collective insights, synthesized and translated into a format useful for decision-makers and practitioners. It takes stock of where we are today and identifies gaps in coordination across sectors and stakeholders. It outlines what we’ve learnt to date on what user-centricity means and how to uphold it in practice. It attempts to offer a shared working agenda for leaders: an initial list of immediate-term priority actions that demand cooperation. It reflects, in short, the first stage in collective learning and the creation of shared goals and paths.

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Guide to developing a national cybersecurity strategy - Strategic engagement in cybersecurity

Guide to developing a national cybersecurity strategy - Strategic engagement in cybersecurity

Facilitated by ITU, twelve partners from the public and private sectors, academia and civil society share their experience, knowledge and expertise, providing an aggregated, harmonised set of principles on the development, establishment and implementation of national cybersecurity strategies. The guide's objective is to instigate strategic thinking and help national leaders and policy-makers to develop, establish and implement national cybersecurity strategies world-wide.

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Promoting E-commerce to Globalize MSMEs

Promoting E-commerce to Globalize MSMEs

There are many anecdotal stories about how small enterprises have grown by selling through e-commerce but why are these successes not more widely shared among SMEs? This study tries to understand the constraints faced by SMEs to participate in e-commerce, particularly cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) drawing from focused group discussions among e-commerce stakeholders conducted in five economies: Brunei Darussalam; China; Malaysia; Korea; and Chinese Taipei. The case studies give a sketch of the e-commerce ecosystem and the multiple stakeholders involved that help make the system work smoothly and efficiently. Regulations that adversely affect any of the players in the ecosystem impact the whole, including the buyers and sellers, some of whom are SMEs. Logistics cost, for example, is a significant portion of e-commerce cost. SMEs need volume in order to be competitive. Payment service providers are another important link and their unavailability stymies e-commerce sellers. Good digital infrastructures including ICT, payment services, postal services and others are important for the development of e-commerce and internationalization of SMEs. Just as important are the regulatory infrastructures like transparent regulations, expeditious customs clearance through for example electronic single window, and overall facilitative business environment starting from business registration to taxation to application of international standards. Initial introductions to e-commerce for SMEs usually happen through social media like Facebook or Instagram but marketplace e-commerce technology platforms facilitate access to a wider market, and particularly in the case of cross-border trade, provide the necessary regulatory information collection that SMEs need to sell abroad. The complexity of regulations and the disproportionate cost in money and time to collect, understand and meet these regulations is a major hurdle for SMEs. SMEs also face the challenge of meeting requirements on sustainability, and industry and product standards particularly for cross-border e-commerce.

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Outcomes and Outlook 2017/2018: Creating a New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

Outcomes and Outlook 2017/2018: Creating a New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

In 2018, Papua New Guinea will host APEC under the theme of “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future”. APEC will pursue its agenda through three key priorities: Improving Connectivity, Deepening Regional Economic Integration; Promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Growth; and Strengthening Inclusive Growth through Structural Reform. This publication also looks back at the outcomes of APEC Viet Nam 2017 and the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

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