17 May is observed as a World Telecommunication and Information Society Day  every year since 1969. The day is celebrate to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union. 

The theme for 2021 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day “Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times​”​.

History

The International Telecommunication Union was founded on 17th May 1865, when the 1st International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. The main objective of the day is to raise global awareness of the changes brought about by the Internet and new technologies in societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

17 May World Telecommunication and Information Society Day