Digital connectivity is an essential resource for economic, social, and cultural development, but many communities in Central, South, and East Asia continue to contend with limited or unaffordable broadband internet access, particularly in rural and isolated locations. Many nations in these regions have adopted universal service funds (USF) to enhance digital connectivity for disadvantaged communities.
The Starmus International Festival is an international gathering focused on celebrating astronomy, space exploration, music, art, and allied sciences such as biology and chemistry. Starmus is going to Armenia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of MARS 3 and MARINER 9 missions and to promote the idea of peaceful cooperation on Earth and in Space. https://www.starmus.com/
Organized by the Government of Mongolia, International Think Tank for LLDCs and ESCAP
The sixth Virtual Peering Series—Central Asia will take place on 24 May at 09.00-10.30 UTC (14.00-15.30) in Western Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan (15.00-16.30 in Eastern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan). This event will be organized by the Internet Society, RIPE NCC, and Euro-IX.
USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, through a $650,000 grant to the International Federation of the Red Cross, plans to enhance the capacity of Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) to reduce disaster risk and build community resilience in Thailand by strengthening geographical information systems, disaster risk reduction planning, and preparedness for effective response. The award will focus on: 1.