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Concrete wide social benefits through IoT, Big Data and Cloud Computing

The Internet of Things technologies together with Cloud Computing and Big Data analysis have the means to fulfill the goal of connecting the world and achieving major massive social improvements. ITU can play a key role in supporting the development of standards and projects around the world.

Are you aware of the mandate of the ITU?


List three key ways your life and activities are affected by information and communication technologies

Broadband, mobile technologies and cloud computing directly affect main productive and creative aspects of my life such as communication, information awareness, working and information exchange.

What trends in information and communication technologies should ITU consider while planning its strategy?

ITU should consider the technologies that will be the basement for making its global strategy a successful reality:
(1) Ubiquitous broadband. Consider all means broadband can reach everyone, everywhere and support initiatives worldwide.
(2) Internet of Things. Develop standards for RFID frequencies and support tests together with the main entities and groups in this area. Support worldwide IoT projects that provide massive social benefits, like this project I presented at Demo Conference in Brazil:
(3) Cloud Computing and Big Data. Support studies and tests on public, private and hybrid clouds and support new approaches to data visualization.
(4) Mobility. Stimulate the full use of all the sensor technologies that are actually part of most mobile devices. Support initiatives to make mobile communication devices available to all people.

What would be the main areas and opportunities for improvement of the ITU?

Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Broadband and Mobility.

What are the top three achievements you would like to see the ITU accomplish in the 2016-2019 timeframe?

(1) Take broadband and mobility technologies to more one billion people around the world, specially to Latin America and Africa.
(2) Support IoT projects for massive use and benefits with huge social gains worldwide.
(3) Inspire more women and girls to study ICTs and become active players in this industry, creating new technologies and new solutions to make the life on the planet better to everyone.

What do you consider to be the top three challenges for the ITU’s work?

(1) Gathering commitment of the major broadband providers.
(2) Gathering commitment of the major mobile devices manufacturers.
(3) Gathering governments support.

Any other thoughts or comments you would like to make?

The challenges are tough, but so is the will of all entities and individuals committed to make all the wonderful ICT technologies available to the world, to the benefit of every human being.
edited on Sep 23, 2013 by Marcia Santos

Fernando Rivera Sep 25, 2013

Thank you very much indeed, Marcia, for this very interesting contribution. We will take it into account when designing our future strategy



Marcia Santos Sep 25, 2013

Thank you very much for your feedback, Fernando. I am willing to crontribute to ITU's strategy to make it a successful effort. Best Regards! Marcia.


Marcia Santos Oct 3, 2013



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