Coordinator of the Global Alliance for Digital Governance in Japan and Taiwan
Yasuhide Nakayama was first elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 2003, and since then has been reelected to the Diet on five occasions as a representative for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
During that time he served as State Minister for Foreign Affairs (under Prime Minister Abe) and most recently as the State Minister of Defense/State Minister of Cabinet Office (under Prime Minister Suga). He has also occupied various key Diet posts, including Chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.
In November 2021, Nakayama was appointed Special Advisor for Foreign Affairs to the LDP（to the Chairperson of the Policy Research Council for Foreign Affairs,
Member of AIWS Standards and Practice Committee, Michael Dukakis Institute
Former Prime Minister of Peru
Beatriz Merino was the first female Prime Minister of Peru. She held office between June 23, 2003 and December 12, 2003. Before serving as Prime Minister, she graduated from Harvard with a Master’s degree in law and had a successful career at Procter & Gamble. After her time at Procter & Gamble, she was elected as Senator from 1990-1992 and Congresswoman from 1995- 2000. During that time she served as President of the Environmental Committee and the Women’s Rights Committee.
Merino is widely recognized for her expertise and work with women’s issues. She was the Director of the Women’s Leadership Program, now known as Gender Equality in Development Unit, at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. which aims to support and finance projects to enhance women’s leadership in Latin America. She was also a member of the board of directors for the International Women Forum and a steering committee member for the Business Women’s Initiative against HIV/AIDS. Merino also worked extensively in commercial, labor, corporate, and environmental legislation. She was the first Peruvian woman to serve on the Commission of Andean Jurists. At Lima University, she was the Director of Foreign Cooperation and of the Master’s program on tax revenue and fiscal policies.
She has authored two books, “Peruvian Women in the XX Century Legislation” and “Marriage and Rape: Debate of Article 178 of the Peruvian Criminal Code.” She served as Peru’s public ombudsman from September 2005 until March 2011.
She is honored as Women Political Leaders Trailblazer Award 2019.
Representative of Boston Global Forum in Berlin and Brussels
Paul F. NEMITZ is the Director for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General for JUSTICE of the European Commission. The Free movement of people in Europe, Data protection and Children’s rights are also key responsibilities of his Directorate.
Before joining DG JUSTICE, Nemitz held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development Cooperation and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He has a broad experience as agent of the Commission in litigation before the European Courts and he has published extensively on EU law. He is teaching EU Law as a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Nemitz studied Law at Hamburg University. He passed the state examinations for the Judiciary in Hamburg and for a short time was a teaching assistant for Constitutional law and the Law of the Sea at Hamburg University. He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasburg Faculty for comparative law, supported by a grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Philippe Le Corre is a nonresident senior fellow in the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He specializes in China’s global rise, China’s relations with Europe and Eurasia, competition in the Asia-Pacific region, and Chinese foreign direct investments. Le Corre is also a senior fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, an affiliate with the Program on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at Harvard’s Belfer Center and an associate in research with Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. From 2014 to 2017, he was a visiting fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
His career spans government, academia, media, and business. He has served as a special assistant for international affairs to the French defense minister, and as a senior policy adviser on Asia within the French Ministry of Defense’s directorate for international relations and strategy. In the private sector, Le Corre worked as a partner with Publicis Consultants in Paris and Shanghai, where he ran a team of advisers to the Shanghai World Expo 2010 Organizing Committee. He previously worked in Asia as a foreign correspondent for nine years, and has published extensively on the region in Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Straits Times, Politico, National Interest, Le Monde, Les Echos, Nikkei Asian Review, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs, among others. In 2018, he testified in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on the topic of Chinese investment and influence in Europe.
He is the author of several books including China’s Offensive in Europe (Brookings Institution Press, 2016), Quand la Chine va au marché (Maxima, 1999) and Après Hong Kong (Autrement, 1997). He has published various papers on China including “China’s Rise: What About a Transatlantic Dialog?” (Asia-Europe Journal, April 2017, co-authored with Jonathan Pollack) and “China Abroad: The Long March to Europe” (China Economic Quarterly, June 2016). His latest paper, “China’s Rise as Geoeconomic Influencer: Four European Case Studies”, is published by Carnegie.
Le Corre received his MSc in Asian studies from the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris and his MA in political science from the Sorbonne. He was a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard for which he was awarded a Sachs Scholarship for 2003-2004.
Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.
Before joining Columbia University, Karlsson was the Director of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and previously served as World Bank Vice President of External Affairs and United Nations Affairs, and as World Bank Country Director for Maghreb (region West and North Africa).
In his most recent post Karlsson was the Director of the Marseille Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) where he was responsible for coordinating the World Bank’s cooperation of the Mediterranean region.
As country director at the World Bank he was instrumental in the realization of modern coordinated partnership, from supporting Ghana’s development, growth and poverty reduction, to post-conflict reconstruction in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
As World Bank Vice President of External Affairs, Karlsson pursued strategic policy dialogue with the Bank’s partners and stakeholders. With the UN he worked on the Millennium Development Goals and he also led the World Bank’s engagement with civil society in debating globalization, as part of new UN cooperation.
Early in his career, Mats Karlsson worked at the Swedish Foreign Ministry as Chief Economist, he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson’s Commission on Global Governance (1992-1994), as well as the Swedish State Secretary for international development cooperation (1994-1999). He began his career in development when he joined the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in 1983.
Francesco Lapenta is the Founding Director of the John Cabot University Institute of Future and Innovation Studies. Currently, he is also a Mozilla-Ford Research Fellow. and the Technical Editor of the I.E.E.E. P7006 standard on Personal Data Artificial Intelligence Agents. His research focuses on emerging technologies, innovation, technologies’ governance, and standardization processes, ethics and impact assessment, and future scenario analysis.
He holds a Ph.D. In Sociology from the University of London, joint supervision Goldsmiths College and the London School of Economics. The Ph.D. was awarded a research grant by the E.S.R.C. (Economic and Social Research Council, UK). He has worked as Associate Professor in New Media Studies and Business Innovation at the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies at RUC University, Denmark (2009-2019), and Assistant Professor (2007-2009). Visiting Professor at New York University (2011-2012) and John Cabot University (2019).
He has organized many international conferences in the United States, Latin America, and Europe and participated in, and organized, countless academic and public events worldwide influencing the debate on emerging technologies. He has for years served on the executive board of the IVSA association. His latest works include the influential books: Research Methods in Service Innovation (F. Lapenta and F. Sørensen, Elgar 2017)), in which he explores the use of future-oriented scenario analysis for technology and innovation research. The 2016 book Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage by G. Hasselbalch and P. Tranberg (editor: F. Lapenta, Publishare) was one of the first books to describe the concept and establish privacy and the right to control one’s own data as key positive legal and business parameters. In 2011 he published Locative Media and the Digital Visualization of Space, Place, and Information, (Lapenta Ed. Taylor and Francis).
Prof. Lapenta has been teaching courses and seminars in Business and Information Technologies, Digital Rights and Media Ethics, New Media Studies, Advanced Media Based Research Methods, Ethics and Impact Assessment of Emerging Technologies. He has supervised countless student-industry collaborative projects. as part of his Master’s courses.
World Leader in AIWS Award and AI International Accord Roundtable
8:30 am – 10:30 am, EST, April 28, 2021
Ceremony to honor Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidisas 2021 World Leader in AIWS
Remarks of Governor Michael Dukakis to honor Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
Acceptance and Keynote Speech of Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
Congratulations of Greek Consul General in Boston, Stratos Efthymiou
2021 World Leader in AIWS award: Ambassador of the European Union to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis
World Leader in AIWS Award winners:
Secretary General of OECD Angel Gurria, 2018
Father of Internet Vint Cerf, 2019,
Father of Causal Inference Methodology, Chancellor Professor Judea Pearl, UCLA, 2020
Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, 2021
The United Nations Centennial Roundtable “AI International Accord”
The framework for AI International Accord (AIIA)
Chair/Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-founder and Chairman of Boston Global Forum
Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, EU
Professor Nazli Choucri, MIT
Director for Partnerships and Outreach, UNESCO, Magnus Magnusson
Ambassador P.S Raghavan, India
EU Commission Principal Advisor, Paul Nemitz
Professor Alex Sandy Pentland, MIT
Professor David Silbersweig, Harvard
Mr. Robert Whitfield, Chair, One World Trust
Mr. Allan M. Cytryn, Principal of Risk Masters International
Mr. Marc Rotenberg, Former President of EPIC
Ms. Merve Hickok, Founder of AI Ethicist
Dr. Lorraine Kisselburgh, Chair, ACM Technology Policy Council
Ms. Megan Wan, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor Kirill Krinkin, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia
Roundtable of Artificial Intelligence International Accord
April 28, 2021
The framework for AI International Accord (AIIA) is a follow-up of the Social Contract for the AIAge. The framework is designed to build the AI World Society (AIWS) and to meet the goals of the United Nations Centennial Initiative — as articulated by the United Nations Academic Impact and the Boston Global Forum.
The AIIA framework serves as a guide to international relations in the AI and Digital Age. It is based on AIWS values, and smarter, quicker, and more effective action.
The AI International Accord Roundtable will address:
Fundamentals of the framework for AI International Accord,
Processs to build AIIA,
Mechanisms to implement AIIA, and.
Supports of governments, international organizations, and companies and firms to acknowledge, buttress, and enable this international accord.
Governor Michael Dukakis
Introduction & Moderator
Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
“View of EU leaders on international accord for AI, and the special EU-US AI Agreement”
(Acceptance and Keynote Speech at the Ceremony to honor Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis as 2021 World Leader in AIWS)
Professor Nazli Choucri,
“Introduction to the Framework for AI International Accord”
Mr. Magnus Magnusson
“Bring Goodness and AI Ethics to AI International Accord, and view from UNESCO”
Ambassador P.S Raghavan
“How to mobilize the consensus support of democratic governments of AI International Accord”
“Mechanism to implement and enforce AI International Accord”
Discussion, led by Governor Dukakis
Concluding remarks, statement of appreciation, and next steps
Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO, the Boston Global Forum
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
The EU is represented in the United States by the Washington, DC Delegation of the European Union, which works in close coordination with the embassies and consulates of the EU member states.
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis
Stavros Lambrinidis is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, as of March 1, 2019.
From 2012 to February 2019, he served as the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights.
In 2011, he was Foreign Affairs Minister of Greece.
Between 2004 and 2011, he was twice elected Member of the European Parliament (MEP) with the Greek Social Democratic Party (PASOK). He served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-11), Vice-President of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (2004-09), and Head of the PASOK Delegation (2005-11).
Between 2000 and 2004, he was Director-General of the International Olympic Truce Centre, an International Olympic Committee organization.
He served as Ambassador ad personam of the Hellenic Republic (1999-2004); Secretary-General of the Greek Foreign Ministry, responsible for Expatriate Greeks (1996-99); and Chief of Staff to the Greek Foreign Minister (1996).
Between 1988 and 1993 he worked as an Attorney at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., specializing in international trade, transactions, and arbitration.
Mr. Lambrinidis was born in Athens, Greece in 1962. He studied Economics and Political Science at Amherst College (Bachelor of Arts degree, 1984) and Law at Yale Law School (Juris Doctor degree, 1988), where he was also Managing Editor of The Yale Journal of International Law. He is a 1980 graduate of the Athens College High School in Greece. He is married and has a daughter.
Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Boston Global Forum
Chairman of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation
Co-Founder and Chairman of The Boston Global Forum
Co-founder of AIWS.net and the AIWS City
Co-Author of Social Contract for the AI Age
The three-term Governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic nominee for President of the United States, Distinguished Professor of Northeastern University and UCLA
Michael Stanley Dukakis culminates a half-century career dedicated to public service, political leadership, fostering the careers of young leaders, and scholarly achievement.
Together with Nguyen Anh Tuan, this former Massachusetts governor, has established The Boston Global Forum as a globally recognized think tank noted for developing peaceful solutions to some of the world’s most contentious issues.
Speakers / Panelists:
Professor Nazli Choucri, MIT, AIWS City’s Board of Leaders
Nazli Choucri is a Boston Global Forum board member and Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her work is in the area of international relations, most notably on sources and consequences of international conflict and violence. Professor Choucri is the architect and Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD), a multi-lingual web-based knowledge networking system focusing on the multi-dimensionality of sustainability. As Principal Investigator of an MIT-Harvard multi-year project on Explorations in Cyber International Relations, she directed a multi-disciplinary and multi-method research initiative. She is Editor of the MIT Press Series on Global Environmental Accord and, formerly, General Editor of the International Political Science Review. She also previously served as the Associate Director of MIT’s Technology and Development Program.
The author of eleven books and over 120 articles, Dr. Choucri is a member of the European Academy of Sciences. She has been involved in research or advisory work for national and international agencies, and for a number of countries, notably Algeria, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. She served two terms as President of the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Program.
Stratos Efthymiou, Consul General of Greece in Boston
Stratos Efthymiou is a career diplomat working for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From early 2016 to September 2017 Stratos Efthymiou was the Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of its Information & Public Diplomacy Department. As Spokesperson he was part of the Greek negotiating team in the UN Conferences on the Cyprus issue in Geneva and in Crans Montana. He was also responsible for the public diplomacy and the social media of the Greek Foreign Ministry and for the communication aspects of international events such as the Ancient Civilization’s Forum and the two Rhodes Conferences for Security and Stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Consul General Efthymiou also served for 3 years as Deputy Director of the Information and Public Diplomacy Department dealing with the Ministry’s website and social media and was actively engaged in the communication policy of the 2014 Greek Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers.
Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004, Mr Efthymiou has served at the Embassy of Greece in Moscow (2011–2013) and at the Embassy of Greece in Ankara (2009 – 2011), where he was previously appointed Head of the Embassy’s Consular Office (2007-2009).
He holds a Masters degree (DEA) in International Relations and a Diploma in Political Sciences from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences-Po). He also holds a BA degree in International Relations and European Studies from Athens’ Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. He is a graduate of the Greek-French School of Athens.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and during his studies in Paris (1998-2001), Mr. Efthymiou worked as a freelance journalist, publishing articles in the Greek daily Kathimerini.
He speaks English, French, Spanish, Russian and German, and has obtained the highest Turkish-language qualification degree from the University of Ankara.
He is married with a daughter and a son.
As of September 2017, he is the Consul General of Greece in Boston.
Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
See at World Leader in AIWS Award above
Magnus Magnusson, Director for Partnerships and Outreach, UNESCO
Magnus Magnusson joined UNESCO 1 September 2017 as Director for Partnerships and Outreach in the Human and Social Science Sector.
Prior to joining UNESCO, Magnus held positions as Vice President for Emerging Markets and Sustainability at Eco Capacity Exchange, Head of Government Relations, Northern Europe at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Head of Business Development and External Relations at the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Regional Manager at the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) with responsibility for a USD 150 million infrastructure portfolio in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana and Ethiopia.
He started his career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs with desk responsibility for the World Bank, regional development banks, IFAD and micro finance. Thereafter he joined the Nordic Council of Ministers as Senior Advisor for the finance, transport and development cooperation sectors.
He also acted as secretary to the Board of Governors of the Nordic Investment Bank, Nordic Development Fund and representative in the Board of the Nordic Project Fund. Hereafter Magnus joined the United Nations Environment Programme/GRID Arendal as Head of the Stockholm Office.
A Swedish citizen, Mr. Magnusson has an academic background in social sciences, business administration and economics and environmental studies from Uppsala University, Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics and University of California, Berkeley. He wrote his thesis on microfinance in rural Laos.
He is a board member of the Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium Foundation and advisory board member of Hand in Hand USA. Global Vaccines Project and ECO Capacity Exchange. He is a frequent panelist and speaker including in the areas of innovative finance and impact investing.
Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor of European Commission
Paul F. Nemitz is Principal Advisor in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. Before, he was the Director responsible for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship, the lead Director for the reform of the EU data protection legislation, the “Snowden” follow up, the negotiations of the EU – US Privacy Shield and the EU Code of Conduct against Hate speech on the internet.
Before joining DG Justice, he held posts in the Legal Service of the Commission, the Cabinet of Commissioner Nielson, and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He has a broad experience as agent of the Commission in litigation before the European Courts and he has published extensively on EU law.
Selected publications and interventions:
Human Principle – Power, Freedom and Democracy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, with co-author Matthias Pfeffer, 2020; the more than 1000 endnotes of the book are freely available on the dedicated website for the book PrinzipMensch.eu
Ambassador P.S. Raghavan, Former Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board, India
Ambassador Raghavan is Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board, which advises India’s National Security Council on strategic and security issues.
As a career diplomat, he has served as India’s Ambassador to Russia, Czech Republic and Ireland. He had other diplomatic assignments in USSR, Poland, UK, Vietnam and South Africa.
He was an advisor to the Prime Minister of India (2000-2004) on foreign affairs, defense, national security, nuclear energy and space.
He founded, and was the first head of, the Development Partnership Administration, which coordinates India’s economic partnership programmes abroad, with an annual budget of over US$ 1.5 billion.
He was Chief Coordinator of the BRICS Summit in New Delhi (2012). From 2012 to January 2014, he was Special Envoy of Government of India to Sudan and South Sudan.
The United Nations Centennial Initiative:
The United Nations Centennial was launched in 2019 by the United Nations Academic Impact in partnership with The Boston Global Forum.
The UN Centennial programs host roundtable discussions, conferences, new concepts, solutions, think pieces, and reflections as we look ahead to the global landscape in 2045—the United Nations Centennial year.
This initiative will examine issues impacting technology, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, diplomacy, warfare, and other pressing concerns. Our goal is to look to the future and the role the United Nations will continue to play in making our world more peaceful, democratic, prosperous and universally secure.
The Boston Global Forum contributes AI World Society initiative to the United Nations Centennial.
The mission of UN Centennial Initiative and AI World Society: Remaking the world – The Age of Global Enlightenment.
The moderator Douglas Frantz will introduce each panelist and make a short statement about the purpose of the panel and the project.
Then panelists will talk: average 7 minutes for each panelist talk.
Governor Michael Dukakis
Professor Nazli Choucri
State Minister Yasuhide Nakayama
President Vaira Vike-Freiberga
Prime Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija
Ms. Merve Hitkok
Then the moderator will discuss with panelists.
Finally, moderator will sum up views of panelists at the end of the session.
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am, EST, Feb 19, 2021.
Guidance on content:
Among the issues addressed by the Panel are the following:
Reviewing legal frameworks for AI and identifying essential elements for an international AI legal framework.
Defining methods to present abuses by governments and businesses in uses of AI, Data, Digital Technology, Cyberspace, (including attacking companies, organizations, and individuals on the Internet)
Articulating norms to manage robotics and cybersecurity, protecting Social Contract for the AI Age, democratic values, transparency, and accountability while ensuring equal opportunities across diverse socio-economic landscapes.
Supporting the provisions of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime as well as the EU General Directives and/or incorporating basic principles thereof
Sanctioning entities –including governments, businesses, and not-for profit actors — who violate the AI International Accord and/or Social Contract for the AI Age).
Purpose and Scope of the AI International Accord Initiative
– Create an initial framework for the AI International Accord
– Establish a World Alliance for Digital Governance focused on supporting to support the AI International Accord and the Social Contract for the AI Age.
– Design a Monitoring System to observe all abuses in applications of AI by private and public entities, and to identify notable violations of an emergent AI International Accord and of the Social Contract for the AI Age.
– Provide an initial “proof of concept” – in terms of implementation and operations in practice – focused on AIWS City
– Explore potentials for reviewing and regulating potential deviances or damage created by algorithm development and implementation.
1. Process toward AI International Accord Initiative (Proposed)
The following process is currently envisaged:
(1) Creation of Draft-Framework prepared by the AIIA Team
(2) Discussion and Review by
· AIIA Panels organized by Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute
· Quad Roundtables organized by Boston Global Forum and Riga Conference 2021
(3) Communication of progress with governments and international organizations
(4) Creation of “alliances-for-system-test” to focus on challenges of implementation
(5) Implementation of on-site operation and assessments at AIWS City
(6) Assessment of results to this point
2. Review, Revisions, and Refinements
Identify the operational steps to be undertaken in, and addressed, at several levels and in different contexts:
The results will reflect the inputs, reactions, and considerations at each level.
3. Endorsement and Support
We shall explore (and seek to obtain) the support of the following entities
– First Quad group and EU
– Second OECD countries
– Third United Nations
– Fourth Russia and China
4. Host and Partners:
Host: Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute
World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid
Riga Conference 2021
United Nations Academic Impact
US, Japan, Australia, India, Sweden, Latvia
5. Timeline of Key Events:
Quad Roundtable April, 2021
AI International Accord
Riga Conference 2021
Session on AIIA
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid, September 2021
World Leaders and AIIA
AIWS City as the place for initial implementation of AIIA
Boston Global Forum December 12, 2021
Announce the AIIA Accord and present World Leader for Peace and Security 2021 who made significant contributions to AIIA
– The Panel is convened under the leadership of Governor Michael Dukakis, and President Vaira Vike-Freiberga.
In a time of great challenge, we look to technology and its judicious use and an upwelling of human compassion. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic with its devastating health and economic consequences, our ability to work together is among the most vital strengths of our species. The invention of machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence is already playing a key role in improving our well-being. These technologies that augment our human capacity have delivered vaccines in record times. In the midst of such troubled times, we can celebrate the tools we use, including the Internet, to collaborate on a global scale never before possible. May this New Year bring essential improvement in the well-being of the Vietnamese people wherever they may be.