17th May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Ranjan K Baruah
We are the generations who have seen the transformation of digital technology. We are seeing things which were not dreamed of till recently. We can’t think of a day with digital technology or connection. The mobile phone has become an integral part of our life and it is such a powerful device that without it we may not think of a day. There is no doubt that driven by information and communication technologies (ICTs), our societies have undergone a digital alteration that gave birth to the digital economy and information society. We must admit that ICTs being democratic tools has bought many positive changes all over the world.
The importance of digital technologies has been more realized when there is lock down. Online classes or digital classes have shown how important technology is in the present situation. We have no option but rely on technology and devices during the time of pandemic for our classes and also for work . This has popularized work from home by using technology. The COVID-19 crisis has not only highlighted the critical role of ICTs for continued functioning of societies but has also brought to the fore the startling digital inequalities between and within countries. The digital divide is another challenge for many and mainly in rural areas and amongst poor people.
On the other hand, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency of accelerating digital transformation and advancing the goals and targets of the Connect 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind. Both the issues are important which includes positive digital transformation and minimizing the digital divide so that no one is left behind.

(To be contd)