World Telecommunication Day 2024: Theme, history, & quotes

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 17, 2024 IST

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated every year on May 17th

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated every year on May 17th. This date commemorates the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The main goal of WTISD is to highlight the potential of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) to benefit societies and economies, and to promote efforts to close the digital divide.

Theme

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2024 focuses on "Expanding Digital Opportunities for All." This theme emphasizes the importance of inclusive and equitable access to digital technologies, aiming to bridge the digital divide and ensure that everyone can benefit from the advancements in telecommunication and information technologies.

History

World Telecommunication Day was first celebrated on May 17, 1969, to mark the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. In November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, decided to celebrate both World Telecommunication Day and World Information Society Day on May 17, calling it World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

Key Facts

ITU Founding: The International Telecommunication Union was established on May 17, 1865.

First Celebration: The inaugural World Telecommunication Day was celebrated on May 17, 1969.

Global Connectivity: ITU's work has been pivotal in connecting the world through standardized communication systems and technologies.

Digital Divide: WTISD highlights the ongoing efforts and challenges in providing universal and affordable internet access.

Innovation: The day underscores the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in fostering innovation and sustainable development.

Quotes

"The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow." - Bill Gates

"Connectivity is a human right." - Mark Zuckerberg

"The new information technology... Internet and e-mail... have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications." - Peter Drucker

"Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic need for education in our society." - Kent Conrad

"Telecommunications is at the heart of a modern society." - Adebayo Akinwande

Wishes to Share

Happy World Telecommunication Day! Let's celebrate the power of connectivity and strive to bring digital opportunities to everyone, everywhere.

On this World Telecommunication Day, may we bridge the digital divide and ensure everyone has access to the benefits of the digital age.

Warm wishes on World Telecommunication Day! Let's acknowledge the importance of telecommunications in connecting the world and driving progress.

Celebrating World Telecommunication Day by appreciating the technology that keeps us connected, informed, and empowered.

Happy WTISD! Here's to a future where everyone is digitally included and can participate in the digital economy.

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