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Innovations for Digital Inclusion is the second in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences that aims at increasing the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICT) and academia. By viewing technologies through a “Kaleidoscope”, these forward looking events will also seek to identify new topics for standardization.

Kaleidoscope-2009 will analyze technologies, services and applications five years and beyond that will capitalize on NGN infrastructure and promote digital inclusion. The event will cover multidisciplinary aspects, including regulatory and societal challenges as well as analysis of standardization needed.

Innovative technologies will help bring the benefits of ICTs to all segments of the population, in particular those in underserved communities and developing countries. The event seeks to promote research that supports innovation in ICTs toward universal, sustainable, ubiquitous and affordable access by all.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Geneva 2003 – Tunis 2005, advocated turning the digital divide into a digital opportunity. In accordance with WSIS declarations and ITU’s commitment to connect the world, the Standardization Sector of ITU (ITU-T) is calling for original academic papers offering innovative approaches addressing digital inclusion. A prize fund totalling $10,000 will be awarded for the three best papers.

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