Internet's Future Social Implications: Upheaval or "Trek's" Promise? with Vinton Cerf
The Internet has matured over its 30-year operational life but it is still evolving. We will discuss the current and anticipated technical evolution of the system, the power of mobile technology to leverage the computing power of the Internet and World Wide Web, the introduction of the Internet of Things, and the implications these have for safety, authentication, and control. We will also look at what the future holds in terms of an interplanetary extension. Many see the Internet as a threat because of its open character. Will the Internet stay open and accessible, or will authoritarian governments inflict access and content controls to suppress freedom of expression?
A similar tussle is appearing with regard to intellectual property. Purists believe all material is copyright on creation and should be protected, while realists feel this choice should be up to the creators of the material (e.g., Creative Commons). Meanwhile, some of the older business models are struggling to adapt to the digital world's economics.
Vinton G. Cerf identifies new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for Google. Known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the CNRI, and DARPA. Vint served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. He served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995; is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, IEC, the Computer History Museum, BCS, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; and a member of the NAE. He recently completed his term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the NIST. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations for his work on the Internet, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, U.S. National Medal of Technology, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, and 21 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of the year's "25 Most Intriguing People."