Profile: The International Telecommunications Union

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is a branch of the United Nations that specializes in ICTs. Founded in 1865 in Paris as the International Telegraph Union, ITU adapted its current name in 1934. In 1947, with the founding of the United Nations, it became an agency within it that specializes in ICTs. The ITU is an agency that works with both countries and the private sector to coordinate with its agenda. According to its website, ITU currently has “a membership of 193 countries and over 700 private-sector entities and academic institutions.”

ITU focuses on development projects, initiatives, and new technologies to fulfill its vision.

ITU focuses on:

  • development projects [such as telebanking and telemedicine]
  • cyber threats to provide security to the world
  • social media
  • many more

ITU vision: “committed to connecting the world”

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One response to “Profile: The International Telecommunications Union

  • dbarnes4

    I would be intrigued to know how the ICT strategy of the ITU has evolved since both its founding in 1865 as well as its establishment as a UN branch in 1947. Has it been on the cutting edge of technology or has it lagged behind in its initiatives?

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