International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is an alliance of nations, private sector entities and academic institutions with the mission of standardizing technology to support global interconnectivity, as well as providing global access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). To achieve this mission, the ITU sets standards, and encourages the distribution and development of technology in underserved communities worldwide.
CHAIR: Jeremy chizewer
My name is Jeremy Chizewer, and I am a rising sophomore at Princeton majoring in Computer Science B.S.E. Within Computer Science, my primary area of interest is Quantum Computing. While experts estimate that the “age of quantum computing” is still in the distant future, the threat which quantum computing poses to modern cyber security is severe. I wanted to lead a committee where delegates would have the freedom to devise creative solutions to a problem which is fairly undeveloped. Last summer I had the opportunity to teach computer science to college students at the University of Puerto Rico, which inspired Topic B. If a major university in a US Territory, has almost no the computer science curriculum, what does computer science education look like elsewhere?
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topic a: Cyber Security in the Modern Age
Subtopics: Quantum Computing and Cryptocurrency
Cyber security is one of the most popular topics covered by the media. With the rise of block chain technology, famously by cryptocurrencies and some elections, and the advancement of quantum computers, cyber security has approached a crossroads. Currently the cyber security is estimated to be a 150-200-billion-USD industry with expected growth to over half-a-trillion-USD within the next decade. While the private sector continues to capitalize on the need for cyber security, the international community must make a stronger effort to address cyber threats. A fully-fledged quantum computer will easily be able to crack the current encryption methods. The basis of modern encryption is the fact that computers take too long to factor large numbers, but quantum computers are exponentially faster. In order to keep information secure, new, “quantum-resistant” encryption methods are needed.
topic b: Computer Science Education in Developing Nations
Subtopics: Applications of Technology as a Development tool and Promoting Computer Literacy
Efforts to distribute Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in developing nations are useless without a proper education in computer science. Nearly 25% of people in Kenya see digital literacy as a barrier to owning a mobile phone. Lack of mobile phones translates to a less connected society, and a lower emphasis on the importance of technology. While the older generations may be beyond reach, the younger generations still have hope. The ITU must create a curriculum suited to teaching youth in developing nations about technology and computer science. This will serve to level the playing field across the international community, both in terms of technological development, and advancement. One problem that must be addressed is the gross lack of computer science teachers. In almost every country in the world, computer science teachers for high schools are hard to find. Another problem is the access to computers. While computer access has greatly increased over the last decade, many rural communities still lack access to computers.