Dear IFIP colleagues,

As 2023 draws to a close, IFIP, the Executive Committee and I would like to extend Seasons Greetings and our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones.

We are grateful for your personal inputs and contributions to IFIP over the course of 2023 in:

  • promoting research and education with more than 4,000 scientists from academia and industry, in over 100 Working Groups, supporting the work of Technical Committees, Domain Committees, IP3 and various Task Forces on subject matters including sustaining inclusive digital education for 5-18-year-old young people, climate change and digital technology, security and privacy, artificial intelligence, entertainment computing, quantum computing, the internet of things (IoT), ICT and sustainable development, ethics, gender, youth, diversity and ICT, information systems, computer science and communication systems, human-computer interaction and many more;
  • working with and in our many Member Societies and organisations across five continents; 
  • the organisation, support and hosting of the many conferences and events around the world;
  • the production of the many IFIP publications;
  • supporting the advancement of the worldwide ICT profession; 
  • supporting the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF); and 
  • our many activities with our UN partners including UNESCO, UNIDO, ITU, UNCTAD and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). 

All of these continue to shape the world and the communities in which we live and move us forward. Your support will continue to progress IFIP and expand our collaborations with our many partners and grow and advance the worldwide community of ICT professionals, scientists and academics.

As we look towards 2024 and beyond, we are excited for what the future holds for IFIP and the many positive impacts we can make and contribute, together with our UN partners, academic institutions, the ICT industry and our worldwide community across five continents.

We also welcome the newest Presidents of our Member Societies including Dr Muhammad Sirajo Aliyu of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Senele Goba of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) and Helen McHugh of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2024!

With warm wishes and thanks,

Anthony Wong

IFIP President