Tomorrow is the first “World Information Society Day”
World Telecommunication Day commemorates
the founding of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on 17th May 1865. It was on this day, the first International
Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris by the 20 founding members, and the
International Telegraph Union (ITU)
(then it was known) was established to facilitate subsequent amendments to
this initial agreement. India has
been the member of ITU since 1869.
Presently ITU has 189 member states.
This year, World Telecommunication Day carries added significance as
the day has been identified by the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the
Information Society as “World Information Society Day”.
Thus the hitherto popularly known World Telecommunication Day will
henceforth be known and celebrated as “World Information Society Day”. This year the theme adopted by the ITU is Promoting Global Cybersecurity.
today’s interconnected and increasingly networked world, societies are
vulnerable to a wide variety of threats, including deliberate attacks on
critical information infrastructures with debilitating effects on our economies
and on our societies. In order to safeguard our systems and infrastructure and
in order to instill confidence in online trade, commerce, banking,
telemedicine, e-government and a host of other applications, we need to
strengthen our collective global cybersecurity. As this depends on the security
practices of each and every networked country, business, and citizen, we need
to develop a global culture of cybersecurity.
That is why, the ITU Council chose to highlight the serious challenges
we face in ensuring the safety and security of networked information and
communication systems and adopted the theme Promoting Global Cybersecurity
for World Telecommunication Day 2006.
The Secretary General ITU, Mr. Yoshio
UTSUMI, in his message has said:
“This year, ITU has advocated the
development of ICT to assist the disabled and to prepare for emergencies and
disasters. And to ensure that the
growth of ICT remains sustainable, the theme for World Telecommunication Day 2006 is Promoting Global Cybersecurity.
In an increasingly networked society,
safeguarding cyberspace as well as ICT systems and infrastructure has taken
on real urgency. It is essential
to instill confidence in online trade, commerce, banking, telemedicine, e-government
and a host of other applications. It is also critical for the future social and economic development
of the world.
Achieving cybersecurity depends on
the security practices of each and every networked country, business and citizen. To guard against the sophisticated skills
of cybercriminals, we need to develop a global culture of cybersecurity. This will require not only good policing
and legislation but also acute threat awareness and development of tough
The Telecommunications Services in
India attained 151 years while it
was 141 years ago the birth of International Telecommunications Union took place. On 24th May
1844, Samuel Morse sent his first public message over a telegraph line between
Washington and Baltimore, and through that simple act, ushered in the telecommunication
age. Barely ten years later, telegraphy
was available as a service to the general public. In those days, however,
telegraph lines did not cross national borders. Because each country used
a different system, messages had to be transcribed, translated and handed
over at frontiers, then re-transmitted over the telegraph network of the neighbouring
country. The continuing rapid expansion
of telegraph networks in a growing number of countries finally prompted 20
European States to meet to develop a framework agreement covering international
interconnection. At the same time, the group decided on common rules to standardize
equipment to facilitate international interconnection, adopted uniform operating
instructions which would apply to all countries, and laid down common international
tariff and accounting rules.
RM/AMA- 170506 World Telecom Day
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