World Telecommunication and Information Society Day - 17 May

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World-Telecommunication-and-Information-Society-Day---17-MayWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day is observed on 17 May and is organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

An Overview of the News

  • The event was earlier known as World Telecom Day.

  • The day emphasises the influence of the Internet and communication technologies.

  • It aims to address connectivity challenges in various regions.

  • The theme for 2023 is “Enabling the least developed nations through information and communication technologies.”

  • The event is held at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and raises awareness of the role and impact of telecommunications and information technology.

  • The day highlights the transformative power of communication tools such as the Internet and mobile networks.

History of World Telecom Day

  • It was established on May 17, 1969, and on this day in 1865, the ITU (International Telegraph Union) was established.

  • ITU was originally known as International Telegraph Union and later became International Telecommunication Union.

  • In 1947, the ITU became a specialised agency of the United Nations and the United Nations General Assembly declared 17 May as World Information Society Day in 2006.

About the International Telegraph Union

Established - 17 May 1865

Headquarters - Geneva, Switzerland

Parent Organization - United Nations Economic and Social Council

Secretary General - Doreen Bogdan-Martin

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