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New Year Message 2021

Happy New Year!

I hope you all were able to spend some time with your family and friends over the New Year holidays.

Please allow me to address a few words on the ongoing activities of IPNSIG.

Last year, amid COVID-19, I came to realize that the Internet is literally an essential foundation for our lives, supporting social and economic activities. The Internet has sustained and also enriched our normal daily lives connecting everyone and everything together—even under this unprecedented global crisis.

When we look at the goals of IPNSIG, they present a bold mission for humanity, which is to extend terrestrial networking to space. The InterPlanetary Network (IPN) will allow people and missions to interconnect, enabling humans to expand their social and economic sphere farther into the solar system. I believe IPN will become an essential human asset there, just as we have seen with the internet today.

After I assumed the chair last year, five working groups were defined to broaden the impact of IPNSIG, and some have already started their activities.

This year, we will be sharing and discussing the working group products with the membership, and my hope is that IPNSIG as a whole could deliver this shared vision of IPN to the entire world.

I’m really looking forward to our active discussions as we march forward. I believe we can become a leading initiative of making IPN a reality.

Wishing you all a year full of blessings and filled with new adventures.

Let’s all stay safe.


Yosuke Kaneko


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