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Press releases 8 September 2011

Internet Poised for Significant Changes in 2009, says Vint Cerf

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Internet pioneer optimistic for Internet’s future at opening of new Internet Society office. Geneva, Switzerland – 27 February 2009 – The Internet in 2009 is undergoing the most significant set of changes of its entire history, according to one of the men who helped create it, Dr. Vint Cerf. At the official opening of the Internet Society’s (ISOC) new offices in Geneva, Dr Cerf explained that technical developments in the Internet’s addressing system and the introduction of internationalised domain names are significant milestones.
Such statements carry weight, coming from the man who, in 1972, was one of the inventors of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP), two critical technologies that remain at the heart of the Internet today. In addition to his technical achievements, Dr. Cerf was also one of the founders of ISOC, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. Jon McNerney, ISOC’s Chief Operating Officer, paid tribute to Dr. Cerf: “As ISOC reaches out to bring the next billions of users online, we can be sure that the Internet they join will be bigger, more mobile, and more multilingual than ever before. This is very much thanks to the visionary decisions of Vint and his contemporaries to aim for open architectures, open standards, and an inclusive model of development.”
Despite the technical challenges, Dr Cerf spoke of his great optimism for the future of the network and Internet applications. “We’ve now had 35 years of Internet development. It’s been an exciting ride, but it’s not over yet.” As the Internet expands, nothing is more important than getting the policy right,” said Dr. Cerf. While noting that, as in other fields, abuses of the technology do happen, Dr. Cerf explained that technical measures cannot always stop the bad things, which is why governance is so important. “The Internet Society’s role as a policy commentator and influencer is central,” he said. About the Internet Society The Internet Society is an international, non-profit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington, DC, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. Further details Gerard Ross
Senior Communications Manager, Internet Society
E-mail: ross@isoc.org
Telephone: +41-228-071-444 x2261
Galerie Jean-Malbuisson 15
CH-1204-Geneva
Switzerland

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