The World Information Society Day was announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. It is observed on the 17th of May and its main goal is to raise awareness of the societal and global changes brought about by the Internet and other new technologies.
Another important objective of the day is to reduce the digital divide and promote the exchange of ideas.
By the way, 17th of May was earlier celebrated as the World Telecommunication Day which honoured the founding of the International Telecommunication Union on the same day in 1865.
Hard disk storage capacities have been increasing over the years. The world's first hard disk, IBM 350 Disk File, could store 5MB of data was announced on 4th September 1956. The first 1TB drive appeared 51 years later in 2007. It took just a couple of years to double the capacity and the first 2GB drive came into the market in 2009. [more...]