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Online Catalogue of Publications
2019 - Weekly update  

ITU is pleased to present the English edition of its Publications Catalogue in PDF format. The online edition is updated weekly to give an overview of all available ITU publications.

http://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-s/opb/gen/S-GEN-CAT.OL-2019-PDF-E.pdf

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Other editions:   2018 - Weekly update   2017 - Weekly update  
 
Assessing the Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence
September 2018  

This is the first paper in a new series of ITU's Issue Paper on Emerging Trends, which aims to identify and recognize emerging trends in the telecommunication/ICTs environment, and share the information with all ITU membership to enhance our capacity to understand the force transforming our society with the development of telecommunication/ICT.

Contributed by the McKinsey Global Institute, the economic and business research arm of McKinsey & Company, it offers a framework for thinking about how to model the economic impact of AI, putting this exercise in the context of the research on the dynamically changing world of work in the light of automation, the need for a skills revolution, and the increasing and potential use of AI by companies.

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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.
2019  New!  

A joint-effort between ITU and over 35 other UN agencies and bodies, and all partners of 2019'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 to meet many of our world's increasingly urgent challenges, from responding to humanitarian crises to tackling climate change.

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Other editions:   2018  
 
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2017  

Current editions now free of charge online. To access any edition or subscribe, please see "More information".
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Other editions:   2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010  
 
The International Telecommunication Union - Building the Information Society
05.2007  

This report gives an overview of ITU's role in building the information society. As the UN agency in charge of telecommunications and other information and communication technologies, ITU played the lead role in the organization of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The decision of the 1998 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference that led to the holding of a Summit on the Information Society was endorsed by the UN General Assembly. It called for the participation of Member States at the highest level and for UN specialized agencies' strong involvement in the preparatory process, as well as in the Summit itself.ITU coordinated the preparation of the WSIS stocktaking database, which provides a global platform for the presentation, exchange and dissemination of information on activities promoting the development of the Information Society at the local, national, regional and global levels. By the second phase of the Summit, more than 2600 entries were in the database. ITU also launched the "Golden Book" project in October 2005. The Golden Book focused on new projects conceived or undertaken during the Tunis Phase of WSIS, as well as on new financial commitments for activities related to WSIS implementation. At the end of January 2006, the Golden Book had registered more than 350 entries.
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Other editions:   07-2005  
 
ITU's Connect the World Initiative - Helping the world communicate
09.2006  

Connect the World is an innovative multi-stakeholder platform that leverages the benefits of ICTs and the power of partnership to bridge the digital divide. Designed to showcase, consolidate and scale-up existing activities and stimulate industry-wide cooperation, its aim is to accelerate ICT development efforts worldwide.
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Other editions:   09.2005  
 
ITU: Committed to connecting the world
2011  

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Other editions:   09.2010   12.2010   2007   January-March 2004 - Free of charge   2002 - Free of charge  
 
Moby and the story of the telephone
2009   Publication Notice with Order Form

This book tells the story of the telephone and its technology, from ancient times to the present day. It explains the basic physical principles in simple terms, and is intended for anyone of high-school age or older curious to understand how this everyday object works.... A mobile phone belonging to one of the sales staff gets locked up in the shop, giving it the perfect opportunity to tell the latest batch of phones their own STORY - the history of the telephone!
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Cybersecurity for All: ITU's Work for a Safer World
2008  

This publication explains ITU's role in cybersecurity. ITU's Standardization Sector (ITU-T) holds a unique position in the field of standardization: its work brings together the private sector and governments to coordinate work and promote the harmonization of security policy and security standards on an international scale. Standardization can help guarantee established levels of performance and security in technologies, systems and products and help provide businesses with a systematic approach to information security. Manufacturers and service providers can be sure that their concerns have been reviewed in consultation with leading experts in the field in reaching the standard approach or processes needed to achieve minimum levels of performance. As well as many key security Recommendations, ITU has developed overview security requirements, security guidelines for protocol authors, guidance on how to identify cyberthreats and countermeasures to mitigate risks. ITU's work on security covers a broad range of activities in security from network attacks, theft or denial of service, theft of identity, eavesdropping, tele-biometrics for authentication, security for emergency telecommunications and telecommunication network security requirements.
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Other editions:   2007  
 
Telecommunications in Action
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The purpose of this book is to bring home the benefits to be reaped from telecommunications, particularly to those who do not normally receive information on telecommunications and their many applications. Produced by the Regency Corporation Limited in collaboration with ITU, the views expressed in this book are those of the authors and not necessarily those of ITU.
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Colloquium No. 1 - Options for Regulatory Processes and Procedures in Telecommunications
Geneva, February 17-19, 1993   Publication Notice with Order Form

The Report's purpose is to illuminate the alternatives that exist for national telecommunications regulation and to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of these various options. The Regulatory Colloquium itself, and the preparation of the Briefing Report, were funded by the New ITU Association of Japan. The principal authors are Michael Tyler and Susan Bednarczyk. The views expressed are those of the authors alone.
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Colloquium No. 2 - Universal Service and Innovation: Fostering Linked Goals through Regulatory Policy
Geneva, December 1-3, 1993   Publication Notice with Order Form

This publication reviews the different methods by which government and specifically telecommunications regulators seek to pursue two inter-related goals of communication policy: universal service and rapid innovation. The Report seeks to illuminate the alternatives that exist for national telecommunications regulation and to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of these various options. The Regulatory Colloquium itself, and the preparation of the Briefing Report, were funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation of Germany. The principal author is Michael Tyler. The views expressed are those of the author alone.
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Colloquium No. 3 - Global Mobile Personal Communications Systems (GMPCS)
Geneva, November 9-11, 1994   Publication Notice with Order Form

This Report examines some of the major decisions facing governments, regulators and the private sector regarding the introduction of this ambitious and potentially revolutionary new service. The Regulatory Colloquium itself, and the preparation of the Briefing Report, were funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation of Germany. The principal author is Michael Tyler. The views expressed are those of the author alone.
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Colloquium No. 4 - Interconnection: Regulatory Issues
Geneva, April 19-21, 1995   Publication Notice with Order Form

The Report's purpose is to examine some of the regulatory issues posed by Interconnection. This critical subject is examined not from a technical viewpoint but recognizing that effective interconnection is vital to competition. The Regulatory Colloquium itself, and the preparation of the Briefing Report, were funded by the World Bank. The principal author is Michael Tyler. The views expressed are those of the author alone.
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Colloquium No. 5 - Trade Agreements on Telecommunications: Regulatory Implications
Geneva, December 6-8, 1995   Publication Notice with Order Form

This Briefing Report concerns the far-reaching implications for the "telecommunications community" (regulators, operators and users) of the Marrakesh Agreement of 1994 that completed the Uruguay Round of international trade negotiations and established the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It also explains in detail the continuing negotiations taking place through the Group on Basic Telecommunications (GBT). The report was prepared by Michael Tyler, Professor William Letwin and Russell Pipe, and funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The views expressed are those of the authors.
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Colloquium No. 6 - Regulatory Implications of Telecommunications Convergence
Geneva, 11-13 December 1996   Publication Notice with Order Form

This Briefing Report of the Sixth Colloquium assesses the challenges and opportunities confronting regulators that arise from the rapid convergence of telecommunications technologies and markets. Spurred by dramatic technical developments, such as high-speed digital telephony, cable television, wireless technologies, and the Internet, the lines between traditional common carrier telephone ("conduit") services and broadcast-based information and entertainment ("content") services are becoming increasingly blurred. These trends are compelling regulators to re-examine many of the fundamental policies and institutional structures whose goals are to guide telecommunications industry evolution for the benefit of society. The Regulatory Colloquium itself and the preparation of the Briefing Report were funded by the World Bank and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The principal author is Mr. David Townsend. The views expressed are those of the author alone.
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Colloquium No. 7 - Transforming Economic Relationships in International Telecommunications
Geneva, 3-5 December 1997  

This Briefing Report was prepared for the seventh ITU Regulatory Colloquium, held at ITU Headquarters in Geneva on 3-5 December 1997. The topic of the Seventh Colloquium was a detailed examination of the present crisis in the international system by which payments are made between countries for international telecommunications services (known, for short, as the "accounting rate" problem). The Colloquium examined in detail alternatives to the present system as well as means by which the system may be adjusted to reflect current realities.
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Colloquium No. 8 - Telecommunications Regulatory Issues for Electronic Commerce
Geneva, 14-16 December 1998   Publication Notice with Order Form

The eighth Colloquium examined the role that the telecommunications policy maker and regulator could most usefully play in the development of electronic commerce. While there is an already enormous and growing literature on e-commerce, relatively little attention has been paid to the link between e-commerce and telecommunication regulation. In addition, relatively little attention has been paid to providing guidance to telecom officials in developing countries on this link. The analysis in this Briefing Report is intended to help fill this gap.
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Confronting the Crisis: Its Impact on the ICT industry
February 2009  

"This report focuses on the financial crisis and its impact on the ICT industry and covers areas such as telecoms, the internet, ISPs and media/content delivery platforms. While the economic turmoil may challenge some, it can also overturn the established order and stimulate the emergence of new entrants with new technologies in the innovative ICT industry. "
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Confronting the Crisis: ICT Stimulus Plans for Econimic Growth
October 2009  

This Report examines the scope for public financing and the role that the ICT sector and economic stimulus plans can play in regenerating economic growth and promoting economic recovery. More than fifty countries have launched economic stimulus plans in an effort to boost aggregate demand (Insight 4) - the OECD records as many as 25 OECD countries as having announced stimulus plans, while major emerging and transition countries including Brazil, Chile, China and the Russian Federation have also launched similar initiatives to stimulate their economies. Investments in ICT can play a strong role in generating long-term economic growth, as they offer strong multiplier effects in returns on investment, strong externalities and reduced economic leakages (Section 3.1). These strong externalities to ICT infrastructure suggest that the social returns on investment in ICTs are likely to exceed the private returns significantly, implying that private sector activity alone is unlikely to generate socially optimal levels of investment.
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Financial Regulations and Financial Rules
2010  

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Trends in tech MSMEs and Startup Support
2016  

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are a major engine of economic growth and job creation. MSMEs make up more than 95% of all businesses worldwide and two thirds of all formal jobs. Evidence also suggests that these MSMEs account for 60-70% of gross domestic product (GDP) globally. Most importantly, MSMEs often represent a potential path out of poverty for many developing countries. This report identifies current trends in this domain and learn from the efforts that are already taking place throughout ITU's large and diverse Membership.
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ITU's 150th anniversary
2015   Publication Notice with Order Form

On 17 May 1865, after two-and-a-half months of negotiations, the first real International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris by its 20 founding members, thus creating the International Telegraph Union (predecessor of ITU). This first international convention provided a framework to standardize telegraphy equipment, set uniform operating instructions and laid down common international tariff and accounting rules. This publication describes the environment that led to the founding of ITU in 1865 and provides a fascinating look at the world of communications technologies 150 years ago and how many of the challenges that led to its creation remain today.
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ITU and Climate Change
2008  

"Clear scientific evidence, extreme weather events, and an increased public awareness have elevated climate change to the top of the political agenda - globally, regionally and at national levels. At ITU, combating climate change is also a major priority. This report focuses on ITU's role in achieving this. "
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Guidelines for Children on Child Online Protection
2016 Update  

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Other editions:   2013  
 
Guidelines for Parents, Guardians and Educators on Child Online Protection
2016  

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Other editions:   12.2012  
 
Child Online Protection
Edition 10.2009  

"Child Online Protection aims to tackle cybersecurity holistically, addressing legal, technical, organizational and procedural issues as well as capacity building and international cooperation. The key objectives of COP are: a) Identify risks and vulnerabilities to children in cyberspace; b) Create awareness; c) Develop practical tools to help minimize risk and d) Share knowledge and experience. The purpose is to ensure that children everywhere can enjoy the benefits of a networked environment, safely and positively."
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Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection
2014  

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Other editions:   2013  
 
Guidelines for Policy Makers on Child Online Protection
2013  

This publication states the Guidelines for policies makers in order to formulate a national strategy focusing on online child safety.
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Connect Africa - The countdown to 2015 - Inaugural Edition - Volume 1
October 2007  

This Handbook concerns the inaugural edition of Connect Africa, a new publication to track progress in investment and the development of information and communication infrastructure on the African continent. Projects that help close the digital divide are a sound business model, attractive to industry. It is with this in mind that world leaders and the highly regarded experts writing in this edition share their views on what can be done to connect Africa more rapidly.
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The Quest for Cyber Peace
January 2011  

"This publication aims to promote the concept of global cyber peace by examining how ICTs underpin everyday life; evaluating current cyberthreats and trends; analysing the impacts of cybercrime and cyber conflict; assessing the validity of current legal frameworks; defining the concept of cyber peace, and establishing it as an overriding guiding principle for peaceful behaviour in cyberspace; and charting a path forward. "
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Other editions:   2011  
 
ICT4SDG - Fast-forward progress - Leveraging tech to achieve the global goals
2017  

See more on ICTs for a Sustainable World from this link

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The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework
2013   Publication Notice with Order Form

This publication contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which ICTs can enable and accelerate the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. It lists challenges that are still to be addressed while outlining concrete actions to be undertaken by each group of stakeholders and a set of indicators to help measure progress towards the achievement of a disability-inclusive post-2015 development agenda and framework. The report is the result of collaborative input from the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, the International Disability Alliance, ITU, Microsoft, the Telecentre.org Foundation and UNESCO. For more information, please visit www.itu.int/accessibility.
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A review of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the ICT Sector
2016  

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The Quest for Cyber Confidence
2014  

This book addresses the increasingly daunting task of building confidence in the use of cyber platforms and technologies against a backdrop of recent high-profile security breach incidents and a plethora of emerging threats that have shaken trust in these essential tools of our time. It follows publication of The Quest for Cyber Peace in 2009, which focuses on the promotion of cyber peace in a sphere which has generated tremendous benefits and progress to mankind, but also spawned widespread criminal activities and created new avenues for intelligence gathering, industrial espionage, and conflict. Necessarily, this volume returns to these issues revolving around the overriding theme of the use of the cyber domain as a potent force for either good or evil, especially the impact of the 'dark' Internet on trust in the cyber dimension. Here, however, its central theme promotes the concept of cyber confidence.
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Connect Africa - Investing in Africa's progress - Volume II
January 2009  

"This is the second volume in the "Connect Africa" series that ITU has produced since the Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda in October 2007, under the patronage of His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The summit gave an important boost to connect the continent, and a commitment was made to link all African capitals and major cities with broadband infrastructure and improve links with the rest of the world by 2012. For Africa which still has a vast, untapped potential for growth in information and communication technologies (ICT), is open for business. And it is new investment in ICT infrastructure that will lead to new jobs and overall economic growth. This publication highlights the public-private partnership using third-generation (3G) wireless technology to improve health. "
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Connect Africa – Broadband set to booom in Africa – New projects, new hope – Volume III
January 2010  

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