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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 17, 2011

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Today, May 17th is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). It's purpose 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.

The theme for this years anniversary is "Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTs".

Half of the worlds population (3 billion people) reside in isolated rural communities with less opportunities of education, health and prosperity. They are also, without a doubt, the least connected to information and communication technologies. It is extremely important and urgent to create awareness that ICTs are one of the most important factors to help bridge the gap and generate the opportunities to combat poverty, hunger, health and educational issues. Thus providing the tools to lead the way to the Millennium Development Goals.

Through ICTs and mobile applications vast development can be achieved in rural health care, water sanitation, food and shelter, maternal heath and child mortality, environmental, social and economic sustainability. It is an opportunity for these communities to grow and thrive and lessen the gap with their urban counterparts for further generations.

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