World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, 17 May

WTISD (World Telecommunication and Information Society Day) is observed every year to raise awareness of the benefits that the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can offer to society and economies, as well as initiatives to close the digital gap.

World Information Society Day and World Telecommunication Society Day have been combined to establish World Telecommunication Day and Society Day 2022. World Telecommunication Day commemorates the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865, whereas World Information Day highlights the importance of information technology and the wide range of issues raised by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). ITU members have developed critical services that save lives and sustain economies.
In November 2006, both the days came together to celebrate annually by organising appropriate programmes with a view to:

Stimulating reflection and exchange of ideas on the theme

Debating the various aspects of the theme with all partners in society

Formulating a report reflecting national discussions on the issues underlying the theme, to be fed back to ITU and the rest of its membership.

The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is to raise awareness about the potential of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) in bridging the digital divide and bringing societies and economies together.

QUOTES

Telecommunications and information technology have made our lives easier, but not always happier.

It’s natural for baby boomers to struggle with new technology and rapid advancements in telecommunication, but it doesn’t imply they’re wholly against it.

If not for technology, we would still be writing letters to one another.

We live in the digital age, and we can’t imagine a day without electronics, let alone a life without the advancement of telecommunications.

With Agency Report