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ITU Telecom World Awards Launches 2018 Edition

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Competition seeks out most innovative tech solutions with global impact
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICT) – is now accepting entries for the ITU Telecom World Awards 2018, recognizing the most outstanding and innovative initiatives around the globe using ICTs for social good.  
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Entries can be submitted online today through 3 August 2018. A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of entrants who will pitch their solutions onsite at ITU Telecom World 2018. The winners will then be announced by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao at a high-profile ceremony during ITU Telecom World 2018, taking place 10-13 September in Durban, South Africa.  

First launched in 2015, the ITU Telecom World Awards initiative recognizes the innovative application of ICTs for social good created by entrepreneurs; small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and large industry players alike. It also facilitates knowledge sharing of best practices, while providing a platform from which to network, mobilize investment, explore partnership potential and create new business opportunities.  

The ITU Telecom Awards 2018 welcomes entrants in the following categories:
  1. Global Corporate Awards for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact within large companies in two categories: sustainable development and smart emerging technologies.
  2. Global SME Award for the most promising solutions from SMEs making innovative use of ICTs for social impact, in a number of different categories.
  3. Host Country SME Award for the best and most innovative SME or solution from the Host Country.
  4. Government Award for the National Pavilion at ITU Telecom Word 2018 with the most promising innovative SMEs present at the event, entering the Global SME Award.  
All ITU Telecom World 2018 sponsors and exhibitors, either participating within a National Pavilion or Thematic Pavilion, as an Independent Stand, or with an SME Workstation, are eligible to enter the awards.  
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“Previous ITU Telecom World Awards winners have represented the innovative application of ICTs in the areas of e-health, e-education, digital finance, and smart emerging technologies. Winners earn global recognition, helping them to expand and scale up their businesses, while improving livelihoods through their innovative use of technology,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “ITU is proud to have developed this platform for promoting innovative examples of ‘tech for good’ and I look forward to exploring the next wealth of winners this September in Durban.”  

ITU Telecom World is a global platform for accelerating ICT innovations, and is organized annually by ITU. It aims to deliver economic development and social good faster through its exhibition for digital solutions, forum for sharing knowledge, and networking hub connecting nations, organizations and individuals.
 
“The network and connections you can build at ITU Telecom World are invaluable – from a business perspective, an investor perspective, and a networking perspective,” said Matthias Brodner of South Africa’s Simplus Innovation, winner of the 2017 Global SME Award for best business model.    
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ITU Telecom World 2018 takes place 10-13 September at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. Under the theme Innovation for a smarter world, it will combine an international tech exhibition, a forum for sharing knowledge, a networking hub for corporates, governments and SMEs, in addition to the influential ITU Telecom World Awards. It provides a unique international platform that brings together developed and emerging markets, public and private sector leaders, and industry representatives from across the entire ICT ecosystem.  

For more information on ITU Telecom World 2018 and the ITU Telecom World Awards, visit www.telecomworld.itu.int

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Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Mercedes Benz Accused Of Using Car Tracking Software On Their Cars

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If you thought privacy issues end on social media then you might have to think again. Top Auto brand Mercedes Benz has been accused of using car tracking software to monitor drivers who use their cars.

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The secret car tracking sensors, were all built into all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, to enable them pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.

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Mercedes has refused to say how long it has used the sensors and has insisted  the sensors are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when certain customers have defaulted on payment.

However it has admitted to sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.

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British Ex cabinet minister David Davis has called for extensive investigation into the matter.

According to Davis, “This is not the first time big business has behaved like Big Brother — but it’s rare to be quite as deceitful as this, I have to question whether it is even legal to pass on information to other people such as bailiffs. I would think the relevant minister ought to look very closely at the legality of this procedure.”

British Human Rights Group, Liberty said Mercedes’ actions were disturbing and part of the “creeping growth of surveillance”.

Legal experts have also raised concerns.  According to a legal practitioner, “Modern technology means our ability to keep personal information private is under threat like never before.

“Organisations that handle personal data need to be completely upfront about what they are doing. That Mercedes appear not to have been so in this case is concerning. Its customers may start to worry about what other personal information the company may be gathering, then passing on.”

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Personally, I have always said that privacy in the 21st Century is more or less an illusion. Just when you think all your data is secure, then it hits you.  Mercedes isn’t the first to do this, however their rivals BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have all denied that they do similar tracking.

An investigation by The Sun months ago revealed that Amazon staff can listen to Alexa recordings of British couples rowing, discussing private family matters — and having sex.

Yes you read that line, having sex. I haven’t seen something as obnoxious and bizarre as listening to conversations and sex at the same time. I don’t know the perverted employees Amazon has employed but it’s not acceptable.

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According To Mercedes Benz , the said sensors are not used to permanently track customers or access real time data.  “When a customer chooses to finance the purchase of their car this way they sign a contract and agree to the location sensors in the car being activated in the event that they default or breach their agreement.

“This clause in the finance contract is in bold print, just above the customer’s signature.

“Locating the car is part of the repossession process and is not permanently tracking customers.

“It is only activated in exceptional circumstances where the customer has breached their finance agreement and repeatedly failed to reply to requests to contact us.”

Nevertheless, It’s actually good if you can track your car on your own terms and luckily I know a good car tracking service.

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iTunes is going to be shut down officially

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After almost two decades of service, Apple is reportedly dumping iTunes.

It first started off as rumors, but now it is going to be made official at WWDC in just a few hours.

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Before this, you might have noticed that the Instagram and Facebook page of iTunes has had a slight change.

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Posts on both pages has been entirely deleted – Apple’s move at shifting away from iTunes links, I guess.

Before this, there has been separate apps for music on its mobile devices, however, not available for Mac OS.

Relating to that, there is supposedly going to be an announcement for three separate apps for its music, TV and podcasts, and hopefully they’ll also be available for Mac Books.

We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for this and other big announcements at WWDC.

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