This article is an edited format of an interview (originally in CIO) with the "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf. Nice to hear the viewpoint of someone who was "there at the beginning". It is fairly lengthy, so we will post it in 4 parts. Read, absorb, and send comments to us about your thoughts. Part 2 will post here on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Marlene
By Edward Cone
The Father of the Internet talks about technology policy and the proper care and feeding of his creation.
Success is said to have a thousand fathers, and many people share credit for bringing the Internet into existence. Even so, the title Father of the Internet fits Vinton G. (Vint) Cerf better than most; he and Robert Kahn designed the TCP/IP protocols that govern data transfer across the Net, along with the Internet’s basic architecture. The two men were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2005.
Cerf, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science, worked for many years at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, where the Internet was incubated. Starting in the early 1980s, he held senior positions at MCI and the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. He’s now vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, where he looks for new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms.
A doting parent to the Net, Cerf has served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, founding president and board member of the Internet Society, and visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His list of professional associations and fellowships is almost as long as his list of awards, commendations and honorary degrees. He spoke about the future of the Internet, technology policy and competitiveness with senior writer Edward Cone. This is an edited version of their conversation.