Celebrating World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2014

On May 17, the Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) sector will once again be abuzz as we celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). Spearheaded by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), WTISD seeks to raise awareness on the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other ICTs can bring to societies and economies, as well as on various ways to bridge the digital divide. May 17 also marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of ITU.

Given this year’s theme, "Broadband for Sustainable Development", ITU calls on all stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, regulators, operators, industry players) to take practical steps to advance national and domestic policies to accelerate the roll-out of broadband and to make it more affordable and accessible to all citizens, as a means of empowering them with information and knowledge to meet their aspirations and to achieve the overall goals ofsustainable development.

Along with ITU, Telecentre.org Foundation invites various organizations worldwide, including telecentres and telecentre networks, to organize activities in your respective countries to mark this year's WTISD. Check out some of the initiatives being undertaken in different parts of the world.

Exceptionally this year, WTISD will be celebrated in Geneva on Friday, May 16, as May 17 falls on a Saturday. For more information about WTISD, visit the ITU website.

Meanwhile, we also invite telecentres and organizations based in Spain to take part in Dia de Internet (Internet Day), also celebrated on May 17. This initiative is spearheaded by the Asociación de Usuarios de Internet (Association of Internet Users). A series of activities has been lined up to commemorate the event. For more information, visit the event websit

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