Dec 19, 2017
An interview with "the father of the Internet” TCP/IP
co-inventor Vint Cerf.
Cerf was born June 23, 1943 is an American Internet pioneer,
who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet”, sharing
this title with TCP/IP co-inventor Bob Kahn. His contributions have
been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with honorary degrees and
awards that include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing
Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Marconi Prizeand
membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
In the early days, Cerf was a manager for the United States'
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funding various
groups to develop TCP/IP technology. When the Internet began to
transition to a commercial opportunity during the late 1980s, Cerf
moved to MCIwhere he was instrumental in the development of the
first commercial email system (MCI Mail) connected to the
Cerf was instrumental in the funding and formation of ICANN
from the start. He waited a year before stepping forward to join
the ICANN Board, and eventually became chairman. He was elected as
the president of the Association for Computing Machinery in May
2012, and in August 2013 he joined the Council on CyberSecurity's
Board of Advisors.
Cerf is active in many organizations that are working to help
the Internet deliver humanitarian value to the world. He is
supportive of innovative projects that are experimenting with new
approaches to global problems, including the digital divide, the
gender gap, and the changing nature of jobs. Cerf is also known for
his sartorial style, typically appearing in a three-piece suit—a
rarity in an industry known for its casual dress norms.
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