World Information Society Day
Quick FactsWorld Information Society Day is celebrated each year to raise awareness of how information and communication can be beneficial for societies and economies.
|World Information Society Day||English|
|Día Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones y la Sociedad de la Información||Spanish|
World Information Society Day 2013Friday, May 17, 2013
World Information Society Day 2014Saturday, May 17, 2014
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World Information Society Day is celebrated each year on 17 May to remind the world of the vision of the World Summit on the Information Society to build “a people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented information society” based on fundamental human rights.
What do people do?
World Information Society Day promotes people’s awareness of the power of information and communication to build societies in which they can create, access, use and share information and knowledge to achieve their full potential. Organizations such as UNESCO actively take part in the day by inviting people to engage in various activities to promote campaigns centered on this event.
World Information Society Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
The annual observance of World Telecommunication Day, which marks the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on May 17, 1865, drew attention to the work of ITU and the challenges of global communication. In March 2006, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed May 17 as World Information Society Day to recognize the efforts made to advance communication and ITU’s role in helping people connect around the world. The UN’s first World Information Society Day took place on Wednesday, 17 May 2006.
Prior to World Information Society Day, World Telecommunication Day, which was first held in 1969, was celebrated on May 17 by people and organizations such as ITU. Many now refer to this day as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, taking into account the UN’s observance of World Information Society Day. The purpose of this observance is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the internet and other information and communication technologies could bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
UNESCO has not allocated a specific symbol for the day, although it uses images of modern information and communication technologies to portray the importance of the day.
World Information Society Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Wed||May 17||2006||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Thu||May 17||2007||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Sat||May 17||2008||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Sun||May 17||2009||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Mon||May 17||2010||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Tue||May 17||2011||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Thu||May 17||2012||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Fri||May 17||2013||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Sat||May 17||2014||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
|Sun||May 17||2015||World Information Society Day||United Nations observance|
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