4.6 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2009
Latest ITU statistics reveal a thriving global ICT industry, driven by the mobile sector, but also highlight the digital divide
From ITU Newsroom, October 09, 2009
FCC Seeks Comment on Broadband Accessibility
Americans with disabilities will be the focus of an October workshop on national broadband, Broadband Accessibility for People with Disabilities: Barriers, Opportunities, and Policy Recommendations, held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US communications Regulator. The workshop builds on a previous workshop, Broadband Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities, held in August 2009.
From Madia Access Australia, October 06, 2009
EC Considers Web Accessibility Legislation
The European Commission has proposed legislating to ensure that all EU nations adopt accessibility rules designed to ease disabled people's access to the web.
Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding has for the first time talked of a 'European Disability Act' that could compel EU nations to adopt web accessibility rules together so that all of Europe's websites become accessible at the same rate.
From The Register, October 05, 2009
Literacy Bridge Receives Grant Award from Amazon.com
Literacy Bridge, a non-profit organization that provides children and adults with tools for knowledge sharing and literacy learning, today announced the receipt of a $25,000 grant award from Amazon.com. The grant will primarily support Literacy Bridge’s ongoing pilot program in rural Ghana, and will help the organization conduct user experience testing and impact evaluation for its Talking Book program.
From Literacy Bridge, September 08, 2009
ICT for Everyone
The revolution in information technology has transformed the travel and tourism industry, and is now well placed to push forward into a new domain - making travel products and services more user-friendly for the world's estimated 650 million people with disabilities.
From Bangkok Post, August 31, 2009
Audiovisual Media Services in the EU: benefits for advertising sector
Although the Audiovisual Media Services Directive came into force about a couple of years ago (on 19 December 2007), it is still not very much known to the users and consumers. Our magazine describes some important Directive’s aspects concerning mainly advertising industry. The modernized rules for Audiovisual Europe will fully apply in December 2009.
From The Baltic Course, August 28, 2009
11 Major New Snow Leopard Features
Apple has been gradually bringing Mac OS X up to speed in terms of accessibility features for users with physical disabilities. Tiger was a big leap forward, and Leopard added more improvements. Snow Leopard takes accessibility features in Mac OS X to a whole new level.
From PC World, August 26, 2009
Telecom Union Urges Access to the Disabled
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is urging lawmakers and regulators in Asia-Pacific countries to make a greater effort to provide access to information and communication technology for disabled people.
From The Nation Technology, August 25, 2009
South African Disability Rights Leader Named United Nations Special Rapporteur of Commission for Social Development
Shuaib Chalklen of South Africa has been appointed the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development for the period 2009-2011.
From UN News Centre, August 13, 2009
UN Applauds Decision of United States to Join Landmark Disability Pact
The United Nations has welcomed the signing by the United States of the landmark treaty to protect and promote the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million people with disabilities.
From UN News Centre, July 31, 2009