World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Annually observed on May 17th, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) aims to increase awareness of the potential that the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies.

Celebrated since 1969, WTISD commemorates the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. The theme for 2023 was "Empowering the least developed countries through information and communication technologies."

Additionally, the day underscores the impact of the internet and diverse communication technologies on global communities. It explores the various benefits ICT has bestowed upon economies and societies while seeking ways to continually bridge the digital divide.