World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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2024 Date17 May 2024
2025 Date17 May 2025

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is an annual event that aims to raise awareness of the transformative potential offered by the digital revolution. This day highlights the significance of communication technologies in connecting societies around the world. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate how these technologies can be harnessed to foster development, empower communities, and bridge the digital divide. WTISD strives to encourage international collaboration and to ensure that this potent force reaches those who stand to benefit the most.

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day has its origins in the World Telecommunication Day, first held on May 17, 1969, to mark the establishment of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1865. In November 2005, the United Nations General Assembly added the Information Society to the moniker, to better reflect the evolving role of telecommunication in modern times. From accessibility to cybersecurity, each year the ITU chooses a theme for the event that draws attention to a pertinent issue that the information society currently faces.

In Australia, and around the world, the Observance of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day takes place annually on the 17th of May. The occasion serves as a touchstone for businesses, policymakers, and citizens to engage with the telecommunication landscape and explore opportunities to harness its power for the greater good.

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Facts about World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

  • The theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in 2022 was Digital technologies for Older Persons and Healthy Ageing.
  • The first ever theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in 1969 was The role and activities of the Union.
  • Australia was among the first countries to connect to the internet, with the first connection being established in 1989.
  • Australians are heavy users of mobile phones, with approximately 88.5% smartphone penetration as of 2021.

Top things to do in Australia for this observance

  • Explore the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day's 2021 advocacy toolkit. The toolkit focuses on digital transformation which is about improving people's expereinces and wellbeing.

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