President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva of Brazil, along with Mr Rob Conway, CEO of GSM Association, and Ms Deborah Taylor Tate, former Commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission were honoured with the 2009 ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Award at a ceremony held in Geneva today.
Announcing the awards, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré welcomed the eminent personalities who have devoted themselves to bringing the benefits of Internet connectivity to every corner of the planet while protecting the interests of users, especially children who are among the most prolific users — and also the most vulnerable. “Protecting children in cyberspace is clearly our duty,” said Dr Touré. “ITU’s Child Online Protection (COP) initiative — an integral part of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda — is in line with its mandate to strengthen cybersecurity and to establish the foundations for a safe and secure cyberworld for future generations.”
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) marks the anniversary of the establishment of ITU in 1865. It brings attention to the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) in meeting the development and economic aspirations of societies and on the importance of the Internet as a global resource. The theme for 2009 is Protecting Children in Cyberspace.
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