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    ITU Celebrates WTISD 2018

    Date published: 16 May 2018
    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) celebrates the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2018 on May 17, under the theme “Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for All”. This year’s theme will focus on the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    In recent years there has been significant progress in AI technology, made possible by tremendous advances in contributing fields, such as Big Data, machine learning, computing power, storage capacity and cloud computing, among others. AI-based technologies are already emerging as a key component of proactive tools and applications being used to help people lead better lives by improving healthcare, education, finance, agriculture, transportation and a wide range of other services. 

    The 2018 theme will allow ITU Membership and other key stakeholders to focus on the opportunities for how AI can help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.

    WTISD-18 will coincide with the second edition of the Artificial Intelligence for Good Global Summit at the ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

    The purpose of WTISD 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.

    17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

    In November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, decided to celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 17 May. The updated Resolution 68 invites Member States and Sector Members to celebrate the day annually by organizing appropriate national programs with a view to stimulating reflection and exchanges of ideas on the theme adopted by the Council; debating the various aspects of the theme with all partners in society; and formulating a report reflecting national discussions on the issues underlying the theme, to be fed back to ITU and the rest of its membership.

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