If you happen to be a regular or semi-regular reader of this blog, you're probably wondering where I've been over the past weeks. Although there is neither time nor space to go into all the details, most recently I flew to Bangkok to attend the first several days of the ITU Telecom World 2016 conference.
To be more specific, I attended the conference for two main reasons. One was to attend the ITU Secretary General's Academia Consultation meeting last Sunday, prior to the opening of ITU Telecom World 2016 on Monday. The second was to meet with colleagues in an expert group who are writing a book focused on the impact that information and communications technologies might have on achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The ITU has a long history, being founded in Paris in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union. In 1947, the year I was born, it became a specialized agency of the United Nations. The digital network revolution that occurred in ensuing decades had profound implications for the future of the ITU. Until recent years it dealt primarily with UN member states and telecommunications corporations. The current effort to network with educational and academic organizations is a natural response to the global impact of digital telecommunications technologies. I'll have more to say on this topic in future posts. What I can tell you now is that the ITU is on the right track in reaching out to engage and network with the world of academia and education.