ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 Reflects New Industry Needs and Realities
Over 2,250 VIPs, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers, Ambassadors, heads of regulatory agencies, and CEOs from around the world, came together for the week-long event, which featured a series of top-level roundtables, meetings and lively debate on the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in addressing many of the most pressing issues of our time, such as climate change, global economic recovery and cybersecurity.
From TMC News, October 09, 2009
Art-Reach Offers Hearing and Sight Impaired to Get Full Theater Experience
A new program is setting out to make theaters and other arts-and-cultural attractions more accessible to people who have impaired hearing and sight.
From Philadelphia Business Journal, October 09, 2009
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