World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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2022 DateMay 17, 2022
2023 DateMay 17, 2023
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day History

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of the Internet. This day aims to highlight the internet as a global tool capable of connecting societies. It emphasizes information and communication technologies that help bridge the digital divide between people around the world.

World Telecommunication Day and Information Society Day were established in two different years by the UN General Assembly, 1969 and 2006, respectively. They were combined into one day in 2006. It is observed annually on May 17th.

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  • The theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in 2021 was Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times.
  • There are 3 main areas within the International Telecommunication Union that provide people with the ability to communicate using technology:
    1) Satellites- allow phone calls, television programs, and satellite navigation and online maps
    2) Standardization- allows access to the internet
    3) Development- provides opportunities to expand access to information and communication technology
  • Information technology can be a beacon of hope, allowing billions of people around the world to connect. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these connections… are more important than ever UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, 2020

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day - References and Related Sites

UN: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
www.itu.int: International Telecommunication Union

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