Self-driving vehicles and future perspectives


Representatives from Mongolia discuss areas of priorities for ITU support in 2022 and beyond, to harness digital technologies in Mongolia.

Regional Director Ms. Atsuko Okuda and other ITU representatives of Asia and Pacific discussed the 2022 cooperative plenary between ITU and Mongolia with representatives from the (CRC) Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia and (CITA) Communication and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia. The online meeting was held within the framework of the following topics: 1. Network and digital infrastructure 2. Cybersecurity 3. Emergency telecommunications 4. Digital policy and regulation 5. Digital innovation ecosystems 6. Capacity development 7. Statistics 8. Digital services and applications 9. Digital inclusion 10. Environment


Twitter works with news sites to debunk false information

Twitter will collaborate with two of the largest international news providers, Reuters and the Associated Press, to debunk disinformation on its messaging site. The news agencies will help Twitter give more context and background information on events which creates a high volume of tweets. Twitter hopes this will counteract the spread of misleading information. There has been renewed pressure to remove false content from the platform. Misinformation 'spreads faster than Covid' Twitter: Five anti-vaccine strikes and you are out Twitter said the partnership will enable it to ensure accurate and credible information is rapidly available "when facts are in dispute". "Rather than waiting until something goes viral, Twitter will contextualize developing discourse at pace with or in anticipation of the public conversation," Twitter said. Currently, when large or rapidly growing conversations happen on Twitter that may be noteworthy or controversial, Twitter's Curation team finds and promotes relevant context from reliable sources in order to counter potentially misleading information posted by users. In a blog post, Twitter said the new program would "increase the scale and speed" of this work by increasing their "capacity to add reliable context to conversations happening on Twitter". The post said material from Reuters and AP would improve information credibility on the platform when Twitter's Curation team "doesn't have the specific expertise or access to a high enough volume of reputable reporting on Twitter". It is the first time Twitter has formally collaborated with news organizations to promote accurate information on its site, according to a spokesperson from the social media firm. Earlier this year, Twitter launched Birdwatch, a new community-moderation system that enabled volunteers to label tweets they found to be inaccurate. Twitter will work separately with the two rival news agencies and will focus initially on English-language content. Hazel Baker, head of user-generated content newsgathering at Reuters, said that trust, accuracy, and impartiality were at the "heart of what Reuters does every day," and "drive" the company's "commitment to stopping the spread of misinformation". Tom Januszewski, the AP's vice president of global business development, said in a statement that the news company had a "long history of working closely with Twitter, along with other platforms, to expand the reach of factual journalism". "We are particularly excited about leveraging AP's scale and speed to add context to online conversations, which can benefit from easy access to the facts," he continued. Both Reuters and AP also work with Facebook on fact checks. Twitter added that this work would be independent of the work its Trust & Safety teams do to determine whether Tweets are in violation of the Twitter rules. The work of these teams includes labeling tweets that contain manipulated media, electoral misinformation and sensitive media that violates the platforms' rules. A 2020 report by NYU Stern suggested Twitter has about 1,500 moderators - with 199 million daily Twitter users worldwide.


21th Global Symposium for Regulators

The 21st Global Symposium for Regulators Programme (GSR+21) have commenced between April to June 2021, with all meetings and sessions online, and including new options and features. The regional core sessions between 21 to 25 June 2021 under the theme: Regulation 4 digital transformation: Accelerating inclusive connectivity, access, and use. Directors, Heads of Departments, and Specialists from CRC Mongolia have been actively participating in the following online events. This year’s core sessions are focusing on: · Connectivity 4 digital transformation: regulatory enablers · Financing to achieve affordable connectivity, and meaningful access and use · Regulation 4 Innovation · Safe digital inclusion - Child Online Protection · Partnerships 4 digital transformation As was the case last year, in this edition, in addition to the high-level panels on topical and cutting-edge policy and regulatory issues, GSR is bringing more interactive sessions and training, bringing together regulators and policymakers from around the world and providing a platform for discussions.


Policy practices for e-waste management 2021

According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, approximately 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2019, affecting human health, the climate and the economy. Africa alone generates 2.9 million tonnes of e-waste every year, yet only 1% is formally documented to be collected or recycled. Some $3.2 billion USD of raw materials are contained in e-waste generated in Africa. A huge amount of economic value is lost, and a cost is incurred for both the environment and society. There are currently 13 countries in Africa covered by an e-waste policy, legislation or regulation. Effective policy and regulation results in an effective e-waste management system. To help this process, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Economic Forum with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark, Danida, have prepared a toolkit: Policy Practices for E-waste Management. Drawing on experiences from developing countries and emerging markets, particularly from African countries, the toolkit provides governments with a guide that outlines the system requirements for the management of e-waste. The toolkit considers the need for an all-actors approach and for the fair, inclusive and timely application of the extended producer responsibility principle. Policymakers are invited to use this toolkit as a pragmatic guide to formulate and strengthen e-waste management systems. The toolkit can be referred to for the entire system or for the individual pillars of business and finance, policy and regulation, technology and skills, monitoring and control, and marketing and awareness. The toolkit is designed to support members of the African Circular Economy Alliance.


Happy World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Today marks world telecommunication and Information Society Day. 156 years ago, the telecommunication Convention was first established on May 17, 1865, in Paris, France. The organization was later renamed the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1932, and Mongolia became an official member in 1964. The ITU, a specialized agency of the United Nations, currently has 193 countries as member states. Adapted from the opening remarks of ITU Secretary-General Mr. Houlin Zhao: The pandemic has brought us many challenges. ICTs have proven to be a powerful tool in keeping businesses running and our lives going. Still, many opportunities and challenges lie ahead. That is why digital transformation must accelerate for a better future. Yet if we continue on our current path at this pace, it will be very difficult to achieve the SDGs and connect the other half of humanity by the end of the decade. Now is the time to accelerate digital transformation! With those not connected living largely in poor areas that struggle to attract investors, and with limited investment resources not always being focused on ICT infrastructure, what we need now is a new mindset. A new strategy that promotes investments in ICTs and encourages all actors to make the best use of limited resources. On this day and beyond, I hope that we can all pull together to build back better with ICTs and unite the world in pursuit of digital transformation in every area of business, all parts of life, and for everyone. Happy World Telecommunication and Information Society day to all personnel of the telecommunications and information technology industry! #WTISD -World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.


Pandemic in the Internet age

The world has now passed an unfortunate anniversary – more than 12 months have elapsed since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, the ICT industry has proved to be essential in reducing the negative impacts this crisis, considering that an enormous range of social and economic activities have shifted from face-to-face to online in a remarkably short period of time. This report builds on earlier work by ITU and a range of international institutions. It investigates the national, regional and global responses of the regulatory community and industry stakeholders (policy-makers, national regulatory authorities, network operators/service providers, equipment manufacturers, digital players, governments, academics, international and regional agencies and civil society). It considers the critical actions and initiatives undertaken early in the pandemic and examines their efficacy and sustainability in the medium and longer term. It also considers the long-term adaptation of the telecommunication industry to the uncertain and still emerging “new normal”.



The latest issue of the ITU Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies shares eight new papers on topics from network design and orchestration to privacy in cryptocurrency. The 2021 release issue 1, volume 2 includes: • Dynamic power control for future wireless networks • Ethernet protocol standards for time-sensitive networking • Privacy in cryptocurrency payment channel networks • Optimal network design for software-defined networking • Economic efficiency of spectrum allocation • Low-complexity coding for efficient error correction • Routing in multi-technology wireless sensor networks • Connectivity in the presence of hostile interference


Mobile Net Zero – State of the Industry on Climate Action

In February 2019 the Board of the GSMA made a milestone commitment – to transform the mobile industry to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, at the latest. This report is the first evaluation of how the mobile industry is doing against this ambitious target. Covering the risks and opportunities, carbon emissions, digitisation and enablement, energy efficiency and mobile connectivity, transitioning to renewable electricity, mobile industry supply chain and adaptation and resilience this report is an in-depth analysis of how the mobile industry is doing on climate action.



The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organizes Girls' ICT Day annually on April 22, and this year marks its 10th anniversary. The purpose of the festival is to close the gender gap in the field of communication and information technology, to strengthen the capacity of women around the world, and to inspire them in the framework of the Global Sustainable Development Goals.