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ITU to build united front against technology fakers

October 2, 2014  

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) plans to host “high-level talks” in a bid to eliminate counterfeit and substandard ICT devices.

Discussions on ‘Combating counterfeit and substandard ICT devices’ will be held at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva next month to take stock of the global challenges posed by counterfeit and substandard ICT products and the role to be taken up by ITU in response.

Leading experts representing industry, governments, regulatory authorities, international organizations and standards bodies will participate.

A focus of the event will be to examine the role of ICT innovations such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Identity Management and the Internet of Things in tracing counterfeit goods and identifying their origins.

“Consumers rely on brand names and international standards to provide an assurance of quality, and this assurance is relevant to consumers in developed and developing countries alike,” said ITU secretary-general Hamadoun I. Touré. “Counterfeit and substandard ICT products demand international action. Such products raise the risk of network disruptions and interoperability challenges that result in poor quality of service, with potentially dire consequences in emergency situations.  They also pose major risks to consumers’ health and safety and that of our environment, especially related to the disposal of e-waste from such products.”


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