Technology and Commitment can Solve Many of Today’s Challenges

by Maria Pia Rossignaud, Director Media Duemila, Italy

So, what are the main challenges of today? I believe they can be summarised as:


    • Global and regional conflicts, such as terrorism and the threat of nuclear war
    • Environmental and economic impacts of human habitation such as global warming and marine pollution

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Profile: Elisabeth Slapio

Elisabeth Slapio, Director Innovation and Environment Section of the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Germany

After studying to become a full-time lawyer and working at the University of Cologne, Elisabeth worked as a lawyer in various law firms. In the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she is currently focusing on the IT and Telecommunications Industries as well as digitizing value-added processes in small and medium-sized companies. Other topics include advising retail companies and assisting the administration in the reorganization and digitization of specialized procedures in electronic government.
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Someone to watch over you: Is Facial Recognition Technology a Solution or a Growing Problem?

by Vicki MacLeod, Secretary-General, GTWN

Facial recognition technology is being deployed in an ever- expanding number of applications around the world – from passport screening at airports, to surveillance of employees in workplaces, to the police and court system, and even in behavioural research. But should we embrace this technology as a brilliant solution to security and identity veri cation requirements, or should we be more concerned about the impact on individual privacy and data security?
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How Customer Experience and Culture is critical to delivering Digital Transformation

by Keri Gilder, EMEA VP&GM, Ciena

When I attend a conference, or read an article about digital transformation, the conversations are dominated by topics such as intelligent network automation, autonomous networks, big data analytics, software defined networking, virtualisation, faster service time to market, self- service portals, on-demand capabilities, and the myriad of other technologies that can either help me save money, or make money via new or differentiated services.

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2018 Edition of The Mobile Century: “Solutions for a Complex World”

Welcome to the 2018 Edition of The Mobile Century

In this edition, published to coincide with our annual Welcome Reception during Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, we seek and explore many “solutions for a complex world”. Each essay examines a different aspect of the challenges that face mankind – be they environmental, economic, social or even existential, and how we can use digital and mobile technologies to address them. While there are some notes of caution, especially about the potential threats to personal privacy and individual expression represented by the rising use of big data analytics, arti cial intelligence and machine learning, we also discuss the many opportunities that will arise from these new technologies. The consensus is that we in the industry have a special role in advocating for education of the consumer about these services, as well as transparency in our use of big data and AI based systems, so that consumers continue to trust and see the bene ts in these services.
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GTWN celebrates Silver Anniversary during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN) marked its 25th Anniversary at a special gala dinner on Monday 27 February (View the celebration photos here).

Present at the gala event were many of the senior executive members of the GTWN Board who have contributed so much over the past decades to the development of the mobile and broader ICT sectors, as well as the role of women as leaders in that industry. Continue reading

Digital Transformation: A Management Road Map

carlacicoby Carla Cico
Member of the Board, Alcatel-Lucent

Innovation, the search for talent and reorganization: these are three topics that nowadays we hear about again and again, as if they are new concepts in the corporate world. This is not true. Companies have always created success through searching for and implementing innovation, by attracting and retaining the best talent, and by reorganizing themselves according to the demands of their market. Continue reading

Digital Media developments and predictions for 2016

ingridby Ingrid Silver
Partner, Dentons

2015 was an interesting year in the UK media industry and we are already well into the first quarter of what is expected to be a very fascinating and busy 2016. I would like to share with you a number of legal developments which we expect to happen in 2016 and an explanation of what we think these developments will mean for the UK media industry, and more broadly for the digital media sector as a whole. Continue reading

Building a Brighter, Innovative Future requires bold steps

brownBy Danielle Brown
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Intel[1]

Just over a year ago, in January 2015, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stunned the tech sector with an announcement of Intel’s Diversity in Technology Initiative[2]. This initiative committed Intel to reaching full representation of women and under-represented minorities in its workforce by the year 2020, and included a $US300 million investment to encourage more diversity at Intel and within the technology industry at large. This was followed on June 9 2015 by the announcement by Intel Capital of the Intel Capital Diversity Fund – to invest $125 million in technology start-ups led by women and underrepresented minorities. In this exclusive interview with The Mobile Century (TMC), Danielle explains the reasoning behind this impressive and unprecedented investment by Intel in diversity, and provides a report card on progress in the program’s first twelve months of operation. Continue reading

Taking Lessons from Silicon Valley to end extreme poverty

annby Ann Mei Chang
Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director at U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID

Over the past 20 years, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty has been cut in half. This past September, 193 of the world’s leaders came together to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a headline target of ending extreme poverty by 2030. For the first time in the world’s history, this looks possible. Continue reading

Innovation and Diversity drive the Digital Economy

reneeby Renee LaLonde
Founder and CEO of iTalent Corporation

2015 saw a major shift in the digitalization of many traditional sectors of the economy and society, including education, health and social services. Online classes in the form of MOOCs became markedly more available, health records began to go online, online retail made significant inroads into bricks and mortar businesses. Continue reading

Innovation and Culture Change: Taking the Long View

kateby Kate McKenzie
Chief Operations Officer, Telstra Corporation

As part of the Senior Management Team at Telstra, I and my colleagues spend a lot of time thinking about and discussing innovation and culture change. We do this because we know innovation is a key driver of growth – not only for companies, but also for our customers, the economy and society as a whole. Continue reading

Digital Transformation: A New Formula for Success

mosiriby Mosiri Cabezas
Director of Digital Transformation and Business Acceleration at Telefónica

Everyone alive today will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to move from one era of human development to another. This new era will be one where we love, work, learn and age in a completely different way to our forebears. Continue reading

Unleash the Game Changers: The GC Index – A new solution to the challenges of culture change

nathanby Nathan Ott
CEO eg1

Companies in all sectors of the economy are facing the same dilemma: how to respond to the enormous challenges confronting them in a time of digital disruption, rapid evolution of businesses and the demands of clients. Organisations have to somehow transform their businesses whilst at the same time keeping their shareholders happy with ‘business as usual’ and delivering expected returns on investment. Similarly, for governments, they must somehow transform their modes of service delivery whilst meeting the expectations of politicians and the community at large. Continue reading

What Women (Still) Want

guyby Guy Pattison
CEO Long Run Works

Twenty years ago, about the same time that the GTWN was being established as a leading group of women in tech, a group of campaigners for women’s rights came up with a simple idea to capture a female vision for society. Continue reading

Circular Economy: Building a Phone to create a fairer economy

bibiby Bibi Bleekemolen
Impact Development, Fairphone

Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics. We open up supply chains to understand how things are made and build stronger connections between people and their products. Continue reading

The Growing Problem of Space Junk

hughby Dr Hugh Lewis
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, University of Southampton, UK

Space junk, or orbital debris as NASA refers to it, is a growing problem with immense significance for the future of the digital communications industry and the users of its products and services.

In 2014, the International Space Station had to move three times to avoid lethal chunks of space debris. The problem also threatens crucial and costly satellites in orbit. So what is the scale of the space junk problem, and what can we do about it?

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From Trash to Treasure – Changing the Economics of Space Junk

patrickby Dr Patrick Neumann
Chief Scientist, Neumann Space

Whether it’s piles of empty oxygen tanks on Mount Everest, or dead satellites in orbit, exploration leaves messy footprints behind. While this detritus is bad enough on Mount Everest, in space the effects could be disastrous. While space is mind-bogglingly big, the space around our planet is limited, and filling fast. In order for an object to stay in orbit, it needs to move at about 8 kilometres a second, which is literally ‘faster than a speeding bullet.’ At these speeds, if two objects collide, be they operational satellites, spent rocket stages or something else, the collision will create a cloud of smaller debris which can create yet more debris through future collisions; dubbed the Kessler Syndrome, after NASA scientist Donald Kessler1. If we don’t take action to reduce the Kessler Syndrome, the chances of a satellite colliding with a disabling piece of debris will be so high that new launches may not be feasible. Continue reading

No Moore’s Law for Networks

martinby Martin Geddes
Founder and Principal, Geddes Consulting

A common misconception in telecoms is that there is an equivalent of Moore’s law for networks. Whilst it is true that we have seen exponential growth in data transmission bitrates –driven by past rapid improvements in opto-electronics – no such property holds for networks as complete systems

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Embracing Mobile Payments without the Risks

micheleby Michele Merrell
North America President, GTWN and President, Merrell Consulting Group

For many years, payment industry experts have discussed the rise of mobile payments, claiming that the ease of use of mobile payments would mean that the technology would become widely adopted among consumers. Many major technology players such as Google and Samsung have launched or enhanced mobile payment services. But it was the earlier launch of Apple Pay that proved to be a game changer, pushing mobile payments to the forefront of many people’s minds, particularly in the United States.

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