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The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) enables a better, safer, more sustainable future through innovative technology. It is committed to ensuring colleagues all over the world have every tool necessary to succeed in their respective mandates.

Our goal is to make the world a better place.

We work together to innovate and build solutions across boundaries and organizations. We focus on what brings significant value to the mission of the United Nations.

We believe that when United Nations personnel are supported by modern tools and processes that empower them across boundaries, the whole world benefits.

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Data Blog

13 April 2021 — Stefan Lemm, former Head, Military Operations Unit, OICT, explores the challenge of assessing the potential risks and harms associated with data collection and how to actively implement protection measures so that data can still be collected for the right cause while mitigating the risks.

Mr. Lem describes an approach taken by OICT and UN Global Pulse in a project for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

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Reboot Accelerator

The Reboot Accelerator programme is a call for innovative solutions, initiated by OICT, that aims to utilize the crowdsourcing platform to solve global challenges. The Reboot hackathons provide an opportunity for innovators from around the world to support the work and mandates of the UN.

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20 April 2021

By Lambert Hogenhout, Chief of Data, Analytics and Innovation, OICT  |  This paper aims to provide an overview of the ethical concerns in artificial intelligence (AI) and the framework that is needed to mitigate those risks, and to suggest a practical path to ensure the development and use of AI at the United Nations (UN) aligns with our ethical values.

13 April 2021

The UN signals training programme has prepared military and police Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialists for service since 2016. It now offers an expanded curriculum on UN Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4); Intelligence - Surveillance - Reconnaissance (ISR); and Camp Security technologies to better meet the needs of peacekeeping.

18 March 2021

Land related issues can be one of the underlying causes of armed conflict and human rights abuses; in Afghanistan, for example, land management is at the center of many of its urban challenges, with more than 80 percent of city properties not registered with municipal or national land authorities. When possession rights are unclear, landowners can be dragged into property disputes. 

10 March 2021

The United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) and Accenture Labs are co-organizing a conference on Knowledge Graphs for Social Good (KG4SG) on 3 May. It is targeted to practitioners of knowledge graphs methods, related domain subject matter experts, and anyone working to leverage knowledge graphs for social good.