World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated every May 17. This will be a reminder about how important communication is to our life.
Communication is known as a process to deliver messages from communicator to communicant, either directly or indirectly with media and can produce an effect. Communication can be successful if there is feedback between communicators because communication is done interactively.
According to Onong Uchjana Effendy, a leader in Communication Studies in Indonesia, international communication is communication made by communicators representing a country to convey messages related to their country. It aims to obtain support, cooperation and assistance, through various international communication media.
Modern information technology began with the invention of the electric telegraph by Samuel Morse in 1837. Through this electric telegraph, it became an opportunity for the expansion of international communications.
Deddy Djamaluddin Malik, in the journal International Communication Approach, the establishment of international communication in America, England and almost all of Europe, began in the 20th century in the context of propaganda, national expansion and conquest.
Today, international communications are no longer used as propaganda or trade information. But rather as a reference in carrying out political and business communication between countries, to carry out an agreement or international cooperation. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was founded in 1865 as a special body that managed the first international telegraph network.
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is commemorated with the aim of increasing global awareness of the potential of information technology, the internet and communication for society and the economy.
The theme for International Communication Day 2023 is ‘Empowering the least developed countries through information and communication technologies’ which focuses on empowering underdeveloped countries through information and communication technology.