World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is an international day proclaimed in November 2006 by the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, to be celebrated annually on 17 May.[1]

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World Telecommunication Day

The day had previously been known as 'World Telecommunication Day' to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union on 17 May 1865.[2] It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.

The main objective of the day was to raise global awareness of social changes brought about by the Internet and new technologies. It also aims to help reduce the digital divide.

World Information Society Day

World Information Society Day was an international day proclaimed to be on 17 May by a United Nations General Assembly resolution, following the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis.[3]

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

In November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, decided to celebrate both events on 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Telecommunication and Information Society Day EN". United Nations. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  2. ^ "World Telecommunication Day 2006: Promoting Global Cybersecurity". 28 March 2006.
  3. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 60 Resolution 252. A/RES/60/252 page 3. 27 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-12.

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