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World Information Society Day
June 3, 2009 By A.R.    
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The opportunities offered by information technology in the modern economy and society were debated in Poland as part of World Information Society Day May 17.

World Information Society Day is marked around the world following a United Nations General Assembly resolution of three years ago. The aim is to highlight the role of information technology in social and economic development and make people aware of the threats associated with growing access to the electronic media.

In Poland, the Polish Information Processing Society (PTI) organized the celebrations, which featured events such as seminars, discussions and debates.

These included a debate entitled "Trends in the Development of the Electronic Media-How Will the End User Benefit?" The debate focused on issues such as digital technology in television, which, according to Witold Kołodziejski, chairman of the National Radio and Television Council (KRRiT), has no alternative because it offers better picture quality and more advanced services for viewers. According to Marek Hołyński, head of the Polish Information Processing Society, the international economic downturn has had little impact on the electronic media so far.

Other events included a seminar entitled New Technologies and Education and a Grand Information Society Gala, which was attended by government officials, entrepreneurs, scientists and IT experts. The gala featured a ceremony at which individuals and institutions committed to building an information society in Poland walked away with special awards.
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