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COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world to its core. Asia-Pacific leaders are simultaneously struggling to save lives and livelihoods. Working from home, online pedagogy and telemedicine are the new normal. This has exposed the region’s urban-rural digital fault line and fragility of its digital networks.

The world in 2020 is in a state of flux.

Smart home, a house equipped with internet-connected devices for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security or entertainment, either remotely or through a system within the house.

The report summarizes the findings and recommendations developed and agreed by the Task Force since its inception in November 2018. It is based on an extensive engagement with stakeholders and research. It sets out an ambitious but achievable set of recommendations that could make a major difference in achieving our collective global goals.

In response to the unprecedented educational challenges created by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90 per cent of countries have implemented some form of remote learning policy.

Recent technological advancements have ushered in a new era of the “internet of bodies” (IoB), with an unprecedented number of connected devices and sensors being affixed to or even implanted and ingested into the human body. The IoB generates tremendous amounts of biometric and human behavioral data.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, putting immense pressure on healthcare systems and economies around the world, connectivity needs have changed abruptly. The response to COVID-19 has significantly affected connectivity trends, mobile technology use cases and the outlook for 5G deployment and adoption.

COVID-19 is a watershed moment for the digital transformation of business. The rules for success have changed and are ever more reliant on harnessing the power of digital models to create new value and experiences. Accelerating digital transformation, with purpose, is essential for companies to survive and thrive in the new normal.

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces lockdowns, most countries and municipalities are pursuing digital government strategies, many with innovative initiatives – but vast numbers of people still do not have access to online services, according to the 2020 edition of the United Nations E‑Government Survey, released today.

Only One in 26 Jobs in Poor Countries Can Be Performed at Home says this new paper released by the World Bank. The report presents new estimates of the share of jobs that can be done from home across the globe, assesses which workers are most at risk, and explores the impacts of COVID-19 on labor market inequality.

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