What does Internet Day mean and why is it celebrated?


It was in 2005, that is 14 years ago, when the United Nations (UN) decreed May 17 as the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

This date, which today is known as Internet Day, aims to reduce the digital divide by showing people the options offered by the network and how easy it is to use it.

In addition, it seeks to raise awareness about the scope of the transfer of information through this platform.

The date was chosen as the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Agreement and the creation of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Each year a special theme is determined, and this year’s is oriented towards sustainability, a concept that aims to address the negative environmental consequences of economic development and globalization, trying to offer solutions to the problems derived from the industrialization and population growth.

Therefore, and with the aim of contributing to the conservation of the environment, what is sought is to use technology for this purpose, through renewable energies or products such as recyclable gadgets.

But this is not the only day dedicated to the Internet, since February 6 is the Day of Safe Internet to emphasize the importance of having a secure network for children, mainly, and prevent them from falling into criminal networks.

There is also the Internaut Day that is celebrated on August 23, and marks the anniversary of the day when, for the first time, a person had access to the web.

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