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    The use of telecommunications technology has exploded globally, creating huge opportunities to connect people, enabling business efficiencies and transforming every aspect of our society. Some of those risks include dangers to children and are inherent, so we need to do more to protect children. I believe this issue should come to the forefront of more business agendas, and that solutions will require partnership and in-depth work across industry disciplines. Children’s rights and the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation is something that Ericsson and I feel very strongly about.

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    According to a recent report from the World Economic Forum some 4 billion people – more than 55% of the world’s population – do not use the internet. Approximately two billion people still lack access to basic mobile communications, and two billion more have mobile subscriptions that are not “internet enabled,” according to the Ericsson Mobility Report. This gap leaves people without access to important, life-changing and empowering services.

    Bringing quality internet to everyone is a task that is far from complete, but it is within reach and must be a shared goal. Further, a renewed emphasis on quality of connection will underpin the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    Ours is a world divided by several disparities, and gender is one of them. While popular portrayals in the international media highlight the modern superwoman figure who can have it all and do it all, the reality in many parts of the world is quite different. Child marriage, sex trafficking of young girls across borders, lack of access to education for girls at all or being forced by circumstances to drop out of school at an early age – these are just some of the barriers many girls face to achieving their potential.

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    Our Connect to Learn (CTL) project in northern Iraq – a partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Asiacell – recently received two corporate social responsibility awards in Dubai, where I had the privilege of representing Ericsson at the ceremonies. The Iraq project has led to more than 6,000 girls and boys at 10 schools in a refugee camp in northern Iraq gaining access to high-quality, global educational resources. It is part of a larger effort by Ericsson to promote education, and especially the inclusion of girls in high school, through our Technology for Good program. Since 2010 we have reached 80,000 students in 23 developing countries.

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    Like most operators, Vodafone Netherlands has seen tremendous growth in mobile network traffic in recent years, which has required continuous investment in extra network capacity and new technologies. Since Vodafone Netherlands is committed to ensuring that their energy consumption does not grow at the same pace as network traffic, they have been especially receptive to Ericsson’s Re-Think Energy Performance program and our Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) solution in particular.

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    This guest post by Dr. Brenda Connor, Head of Smart Cities and Intelligent Transportation Systems, Ericsson North America, was originally published on November 15 on the Networked Society Blog.

    In New York City today, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2016 Green Summit. Each year, the Green Summit provides a venue to delve into pressing ecological issues of the day. This year, it centers on the future of food – From Farm to Fork – and includes a session on technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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    Earlier this year I attended an event in London on the theme of girls in education and had the pleasure of meeting Simon Muskett, who was also there to represent Ericsson at our Connect to Learn stand. We’ve kept in touch, and he’s given me great insight into our Connect to Learn and volunteer programs.

    Simon recently made time in his busy schedule for me to interview him about education, Technology for Good and Connect to Learn.

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    When I was 11 years old, my dad got me a computer. It cost $300 and had 2kByte of RAM. I saved money and bought a book about programming. That was 32 years ago and it changed my life. It gave me a ticket to the world, and to the future. Sadly, my dad passed away much too early, but his gift still serves me to this day. It inspired me to play an active role in the mobile broadband revolution – a revolution that’s put devices in our pockets that we can use to contact anyone anywhere, to learn and to share.
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    Ever since adolescence, I’ve wondered what I can do to contribute and act as a force for positive change. Early on I discovered that technology and doing good can go hand in hand.

    This week is exciting for me because it is the week of Habitat III – the third UN conference on urban settlement which is taking place in Quito, Ecuador. These conferences are only held every 20th year, and this is the first time that information and communication technology (ICT) is on the agenda. Habitat III is important because it is where the international urbanization agenda for the next 20 years – The New Urban Agenda – will be set. It will include ICT both as basic infrastructure and as an enabler for sustainable urban development with focus on IoT, mobile broadband and cloud.

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