Date: May 17
Organized By: UNESCO, UN
Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams
Every year May 17 is observed as World Information Society Day. The day earlier known as World Telecommunication Day to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union on 17 May 1865.
In March 2006 UN General Assembly proclaimed to celebrate every year May 17 as World Information Society Day. The first World Information Society Day was celebrated on 17 May 2006.
The main objective of celebrating this day is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
2017: Big Data for Big Impact
2016: ICT entrepreneurship for social impact
2015: Telecommunications and ICTs: Drivers of innovation
2014: Broadband for Sustainable Development
2013: ICTs and improving road safety
2012: Women and Girls in ICT
2011: Better life in rural communities with ICTs
2010: Better City, Better Life with ICT
2009: Protecting Children in Cyberspace
2008: Connecting Persons with Disabilities: ICT Opportunities for All
2007: Connecting the Young: the opportunities of ICT
Actions and Programs
Programs and activities are conducted across the world to support the theme chosen for the year.