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Everything You Need to Know About World Telecommunication And Information Society Day

On May 17, the world celebrates World Telecommunications and Information Society Day. It contributes to raising awareness about the benefits that information and communication technology (ICT), especially the Internet, may offer to society and economies. And how these can help to overcome the digital gap, which is a defining aspect of the twenty-first century.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the organisation spearheading this celebration. The goal is to instil the notion that government and private organisations can and should do more to assist people in making use of technology and improving their lives.


Theme of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2022

This year’s subject is “Digital technology for older people and healthy ageing.” According to the ITU, the world population’s ageing will be the defining demographic trend of the 21st century. Telecommunications and information and communication technology also play a part in attaining healthy ageing, according to the ITU.


History And Significance

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was founded on May 17, 1945. This day has been observed annually as World Telecommunication Day since 1969.


However, the UN General Assembly was asked in November 2005 to establish May 17 as World Information Society Day. In March 2006, the General Assembly passed a resolution declaring that World Information Society Day will also be observed on this day. The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Turkey in November of the same year resolved to commemorate both events on May 17 as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations’ specialised organisation for information and communication technology. The ITU was established in 1865 to improve international connections in communications networks.