Report Type: Working Group Report

Connecting Learning Spaces: Possibilities for Hybrid Learning

The Working Group Report on Digital Learning introduces a range of factors that should be in place in order for hybrid learning to be a viable option for students, requiring deliberate planning, informed decision-making and substantial investment. It addresses considerations for accessing hybrid learning, especially those related to equitable access as required by SDG4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.  The report follows is organized

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21st Century Financing Models for Bridging Broadband Connectivity Gaps, Executive Summary

The Working Group for 21st Century Financing and Funding Models for Sustainable Broadband Development was established as a cross-sector group of thought-leaders with representation from national regulatory authorities, telecommunications operators, financial institutions, trade associations, academics and not-for-profit development organizations operating under the auspices of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. Its objective was to explore and identify new and innovative funding, financing and investment strategies to address the challenge of

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Importance of ICT and Global Cooperation for Future Epidemic Management, Executive Summary

In the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world has been exerting immense efforts on overcoming the virus. While governments and medical sectors are concentrating on treatment and development of vaccines and medicines, the ICT sector has also been playing a pivotal role in enabling various economic activities while helping alleviate the spread of the virus. In continuation of the function of the Working Group on ‘Epidemic Preparedness’ in

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Balancing Act: Countering Digital Disinformation While Respecting Freedom of Expression

The need for action against disinformation has been recognised at the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.  The Commission created a Working Group on Freedom of Expression and Addressing Disinformation, that in turn commissioned this comprehensive global study in 2019. The research underpinning this study was conducted between September 2019 and July 2020 by an international and interdisciplinary team of researchers. Balancing Act: Responding to Disinformation While Defending Freedom of

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The Digital Transformation of Education: Connecting Schools, Empowering Learners

Education, the Internet and broadband connectivity have a tremendous potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges including the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   Nevertheless, today 3.6 billion people still have no access to the Internet and about 258 million children are out of school. For those enrolled and attending school, the COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented challenge, forcing 94 percent of learners worldwide to

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Child Online Safety Declaration

There are more than 2 billion children under the age of 18, with the majority living in the developing countries in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Many children have access to and are being impacted by the Internet. They may also be exploited by its use in unthinkable ways, and their rights violated in an unacceptable manner. Despite its many benefits, the Internet has been

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Connecting Africa Through Broadband: A strategy for doubling connectivity by 2021 and reaching universal access by 2030

Digital technologies and the digital economy will have a transformative impact on development. Today’s economy is being driven by digital transformation across all sectors and digital technology is increasingly at the center of people’s daily lives. Indeed, several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require information and communication technologies (ICTs) as an enabler, notably to achieve universal identification, more efficient delivery of government services, financial inclusion, and job creation. Furthermore, digital transformation

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Child Online Safety: Minimizing the Risk of Violence, Abuse and Exploitation Online

Affordable, reliable connectivity is now coming to more countries than ever. It has the potential to transform children’s lives, giving them access to previously unimagined educational, cultural, and economic opportunities. But too often, children cannot realize these opportunities, because the Internet is also a place, in which the vulnerable are exposed to the risk of serious harm. Report is also available in: Spanish Arabic Portuguese

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The Promise of Digital Health: Addressing Non-communicable Diseases to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage in LMICs

Digital technology is revolutionizing healthcare delivery. Worldwide, digital tools are leading to better and faster healthcare – healthcare that is more empowering and accessible for patients, more efficient for providers and more cost-effective for health systems. Additional resources Executive Summary – English Executive Summary – Spanish Executive Summary – French Infographic

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Epidemic Preparedness: Preventing the Spread of Epidemics Using ICT

ICT has also actively joined such efforts. Explosive growth in mobile broadband penetration in the last decade has been contributing to resolving universal challenges of mankind (poverty, famine, disease, etc.) through mobile services, and big data analysis based on data science is drawing increasing attention as a key ICT solution for fighting epidemics. additional Resources Executive Summary

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Bridging the Gender Gap in Internet and Broadband Access and Use: Progress Report 2018

In March 2017, the Broadband Commission’s Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, co-chaired by the GSMA and UNESCO, launched a report that outlines a set of recommendations for action that stakeholders can take to address the gender gap in Internet access and use. In response to that publication, we have issued a progress report for 2018.   The report also includes commitments by members of the Working Group on

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Broadband for National Development in Four LDCs: Cambodia, Rwanda, Senegal and Vanuatu

Broadband Internet offers significant benefits for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It is a transformational tool that can help these countries overcome vulnerabilities, grow their economies and enhance the livelihoods of their citizens. This report reviews experiences of leveraging broadband infrastructure for development in four LDCs: Cambodia, Rwanda, Senegal and Vanuatu. This quartet reflects the range of different types and locations of LDC, such as landlocked developing countries, LDCs with access

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Bridging the Gender Gap in Internet and Broadband Access and Use: Progress Report 2017

In March 2017, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, co-chaired by the GSMA and UNESCO, launched a report that outlines a set of recommendations for action that stakeholders can take to address the gender gap in Internet access and use.   The report also includes commitments by members of the Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide to take forward some of the

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Digital Skills for Life and Work

Digital technologies now underpin effective participation in key areas of life and work. In addition to technology access, the skills and competencies needed to make use of digital technology and benefit from its growing power and functionality have never been more essential.

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Identifying the Potential of New Communications Technologies for Sustainable Development

The world is undergoing an extraordinary technological revolution in satellite and high altitude communications. A dramatic increase in broadband capacity across the globe, spurred by new technologies (including geostationary high throughput satellites, massive constellations of non-geostationary satellites, and recent innovations in broadband High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) systems), is bringing reliable and affordable broadband connectivity to the hardest-to-reach corners of the Earth, enabling new capabilities and applications in areas already

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Digitalization Scorecard: Which Policies and Regulations can Help Advance Digitalization

Digital technology is today touching the lives of individuals and businesses across the world. A social and economic revolution is enabled by digital technology, often underlined by the power of the Internet. The revolution is rapidly extending beyond people to objects, illustrated by the new-found potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). The emergence and accelerated adoption of technologies including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, connected and autonomous cars, smart cities,

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Recommendations for Action: Bridging the Gender Gap in Internet and Broadband Access and Use

On 15th March 2017, the Broadband Commission Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide launched its report “Recommendations for action: bridging the gender gap in Internet and broadband access and use” during the Annual Spring Meeting of the Broadband Commission, held in Hong Kong, SAR of China. The report identified four specific action areas for closing the digital gender gap: ​​Compile detailed evidence: collect, analyze and track sex-disaggregated data to inform policy,

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Digital Health: A Call for Government Leadership and Cooperation between ICT and Health

The digital age is upon us and it has the potential to revolutionize how healthcare is delivered. Digital tools can increase access to health, empower patients, and provide better health information and education for all. They can also facilitate the use of real-time data to ensure that surveillance systems are more action-oriented and prioritize limited resources. Additional resources Executive Summary – English Executive Summary – Spanish Executive Summary – French

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Enabling the Use of ICTs and Broadband: Understanding What Works to Stimulate ICT Adoption

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), combined with innovations in broadband connectivity and the rich ecosystem of applications and services, can transform the lives of individuals and entire countries. Yet in reality, many do not enjoy the benefits, and despite growing efforts to get the underserved population online, we need to do more. The infrastructure to provide connectivity is paramount, but only a first step, and the impediments to productive use

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Cyber Violence against Women and Girls: A world-wide wake-up call

The main objective of this Discussion Paper is to call attention to emerging trends and to start discussions on the implications of these trends on efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women in the digital age. This paper recognizes the wide array of issues related to ‘cyber-violence’ and does not present itself as a full compilation of those issues or of proposed solutions. Additional Resources Blog by

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Transformative Solutions for 2015 and Beyond

As we approach 2015, a new global partnership is being forged to carry on the work of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and shape a new sustainable development agenda involving all sectors of society. We, the members of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, consider broadband to be a vital part of that discussion, as it is one of the strongest and most effective tools in bringing about transformative solutions

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Doubling Digital Opportunities: Enhancing the Inclusion of Women & Girls in the Informative Society

Doubling Digital Opportunities: Enhancing the Inclusion of Women & Girls in the Information Society frames the challenges and opportunities we face in achieving gender equality in an era of rapid technological change. It closely examines critical gender issues with respect to new information and communication technologies (ICTs) and broadband. Most important, it shows ways in which we can further advance the sustainable development agenda by promoting the use of new

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Technology, Broadband and Education: Advancing the Education for All Agenda

Broadband technologies continue to expand our horizons, pushing back frontiers of time and knowledge, and overturning long-established precepts and outdated ways of doing things. The ability of broadband to improve and enhance education, as well as students’ experience of education, is undisputed. A good and well-rounded education is the basis on which future livelihoods and families are founded, and education opens up minds, as well as job prospects. The report

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​​The Broadband Bridge: Linking IC​T with Climate Action for a Low-Carbon Economy

Broadband offers unique opportunities to spearhead the transition to a carbon-constrained world. But to reach its full potential, broadband needs to be a component of climate change strategy, backed up with strong policies in support of economy-wide emissions reductions. In many countries, it is this integrated regulatory framework that is the crucial missing link to achieve carbon reduction commitments through the use of broadband networks, services and applications. For broadband

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Working Group on Broadband and Science: Final Report

Broadband connectivity has become a basic infrastructure of modern society, just like roads, electricity or water. Science and education communities depend on “e-Infrastructures” that build on broadband connectivity to provide online services supporting the communities’ work. Not only have these services today become indispensable, they have also transformed the scientific process by enabling the instantaneous sharing of knowledge, virtual collaborations within and between continents, and remote access to scientific resources

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E-Government and PPPs: The Lapland Statement; Joint Issues Paper

Governments are using ICT to provide services between government agencies and citizens, businesses, employees and nongovernmental agencies. E-Government initiatives in developing countries are not only struggling with a lack of financial resources and incentive design, but also with restricted skills and capacity within the governments. An increasing number of initiatives are being employed to improve the delivery of public services to the people, and to tap the potential synergy from

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