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Why World Internet Day is celebrated today

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The use of video calls increased in the context of the pandemic. (REUTERS / Loren Elliott / File Photo)
The use of video calls increased in the context of the pandemic. (REUTERS / Loren Elliott / File Photo)

Every May 17 is celebrated the World Day of Internet, also known as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. This date seeks to account for the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in today's life and the development of society. And in this sense, it seeks to raise awareness of the need to reduce the digital divide.

In the framework of the forced virtualization that came from the hand of the pandemicThis day is especially important: today, those sectors of the population that do not have access to the network or have limited access are deeply affected in their economy, ties, as well as in access to information and other types of services. .

It should be noted that in 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared internet access as a human right. Precisely because of its value and relevance in all areas of society.

In developed countries, about 87 percent of people are connected. Europe is the region with the highest use of the Internet (82.5 percent), while Africa is the region that is worst positioned in this regard (28.2 percent). (Photo: AFP)
In developed countries, about 87 percent of people are connected. Europe is the region with the highest use of the Internet (82.5 percent), while Africa is the region that is worst positioned in this regard (28.2 percent). (Photo: AFP)

According to data from the International Communications Union (ITU), corresponding to the end of 2019, 53.6% of the population has internet access, which means that there are still 3.6 billion people who do not have this service.

In developed countries, about 87 percent of people are connected. Europe is the region with the highest use of the Internet (82.5 percent), while Africa is the region that is worst positioned in this regard (28.2 percent).

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Affordability and lack of digital skills remain some of the key barriers to effective internet adoption and use, especially in the least developed countries of the world, ITU warns.

In 40 of the 84 countries analyzed in this entity's latest report, it is indicated that less than half of the population has basic computer skills, such as copying a file or sending an email with an attachment.

This year's motto

The theme of this year's World Information Society and Telecommunication Day (WTISD) is “Connect 2030: ICT for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The focus is on ITU's commitment to connecting all people around the world as well as analyzing how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda of the Nations United for Sustainable Development in its 17 objectives.

Internet of things and a world increasingly interconnected but not all of them reach the same (shutterstock)
Internet of things and a world increasingly interconnected but not all of them reach the same (shutterstock)

"This year, ITU will hold a virtual event to address the importance of improving collaboration and cooperation between countries., groups, the United Nations family and others to strengthen the role of ICT as we embark on the 'Decade of Action' to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and at the same time advance the role of ICT in the global response to COVID-19”, Is highlighted in the official statement.

This virtual ITU event will take place on Monday, May 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CET). To register and watch the program, click on this link.

Why this date

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World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated every May 17 since 1969, to remember the founding of the ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Agreement in 1865. This was agreed by the Malaga-Torremolinos Plenipotentiary Conference in 1973.

But World Internet Day came later, at the request of the Internet Users Association along with other associations, and was first celebrated on October 25, 2005. Then, the Information Society Summit, which was held in Tunis in November 2005, proposed to the United Nations (UN) the designation of May 17 as an allusive date.

In March 2006, the General Assembly adopted a Resolution (A / RES / 60/252) stipulating that World Information Society Day would be remembered every May 17. This has been the case since the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, decided in November 2006 to make this date official.

In the resolution, all member countries are invited to celebrate this date with different initiatives aimed at debating the most relevant aspects related to the information society.

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