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New Year Message from Werner Zorn, "Father of the German Internet", Internet Hall of Fame Pioneer and Foreign Co-Chair of the Recommendation Committee for World Leading Internet Scientific and Technological Achievement

wuzhenwic.org Updated: 2021-02-12

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Dear colleagues and friends,

We live in a time, which reminds us of the Middle Ages with Pest and Cholera, where we feel, despite all the high-tech that we have, helpless in terms of how to behave in our everyday lives, and how to make decisions, for our beloved families, for which we are responsible, for a company where we work, or for our community or society, depending on our position and responsibility.

In all this misery and despair, where loved ones may be lost, there are however sparklings of hope and optimism for a new solidarity and new initiatives, including fundamental changes in how to live and work. For the first time in modern times, we've discovered that information technology can replace travelling, thereby saving time and natural resources. Or that we can use airplanes primarily to transport goods instead of people, especially in business. Or, even more important currently, that cooperation between nations can be achieved to conquer the coronavirus in its multiple variations, resulting in progress in discovering new methods for developing vaccines which even the most experienced specialists in this field would hardly think possible - not to mention the speed! 

Nations, with billions in defence spending on every side, are now putting investments in medicare, thereby exchanging vaccines instead of military equipment with each other as part of a joint effort to fight the coronavirus globally.

If our hopes and predictions will be fulfilled, there are good chances that in the near future the lockdowns all over the world can be lifted, so that we can look forward to getting together again at a next WIC event, in the lovely village of Wuzhen with its usual size and international format that we appreciated so much in the past and are missing in the present.

Let us hope that this will happen quite soon

Take Care and Stay Sound meanwhile and a Happy Chinese New Year!

Werner Zorn


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