World Telecommunication and Information Society Day-2014

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated on 17th May, each year. This year, the day was celebrated in Geneva, on Friday, 16 May as 17 May 2014 fell on a Saturday.

This day marks the foundation of International Telecommunication Union and the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention.The purpose of the celebration of this day is to bridge digital divide and to aid in bringing awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies.

Theme of the year 2014 is ‘Broadband for sustainable development’, in Dr Hamadoun I. Touré ‘s (Secretary General-ITU) words on this theme, “It is now well-recognized that digital development is a transformative tool to fast-track sustainable development. In order to realize its full potential, it is essential to roll-out high-speed broadband networks, making it affordable as well as universally accessible”.

 

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