There is a day set aside for every kind of achievement or cause, and World Telecommunications Day is no less an achievement that was started way back in 1969. World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) is an annual observance celebrated on May 17th. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness about the importance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their role in promoting social and economic development.
This day has been celebrated every year with growing enthusiasm as the field of telecommunications has advanced in so many ways ever since. It began with the day being named World Information Day and later changed to World Information Society Day and finally to what it is called now World Telecommunications Day the year 2006. This year the celebration is on a bigger scale of achievements in the field of technological advancements. The increased growth of technology in the past decade has proved that sustainable goals can be worked upon and the development in this direction will be an excellent pathway for development for the next decade.
The focus on this year’s celebration is for Empowering the least developed countries through information and communication technologies. The day aims to highlight the potential of ICTs to bridge the digital divide and provide access to information and communication resources to people around the world. It also seeks to promote the use of technology for sustainable development and to foster international cooperation in the field of telecommunications and information.
The topical theme is chosen every year, and it emphasizes telecommunications, especially the internet. The ICT or Information Communication Technologies worked on the ways to explore on how complicated and unstructured data could help to function into user-friendly information and strive for development.
There will be discussions on recognizing the need for information and communication to start sustainable means for economic and environmental issues. To find solutions in this direction and be able to engage in more upcoming innovations that will help bring a better impact on the lives of people. The positive usage of communication would be the key to bring in radical change, and the celebration is to bring light to the subject and bring in policy changes in this direction.
The new wave of technological jump that we were fortunate to witness will help bridge the long-awaited standardization gap. Artificial intelligence, which is making inroads in various fields, as well as usage of Big Data, machine learning, and cloud computing, has made so many changes and things easier in multiple areas of agriculture, industries, manufacturing, transportation, and other services.
Since the world over these topics would be discussed and will bring in more ideas to propagate the benefits of such advancement, this day especially will help to share and get involved in one of the biggest revolutions of the world in a big way. And indeed, bring in a change in the way how the world works and definitely change it for the better.
WTISD plays a crucial role in promoting global awareness of the benefits of ICTs and shaping policies and strategies to ensure that everyone can participate in the digital revolution. By recognizing the significance of telecommunications and information society, the day encourages individuals and organizations to contribute to building a more inclusive and sustainable digital future.
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