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Internet: the next millenium Past Present and Future

Today, in telecommunications, the central question concerns the Internet and how it is posed to radically alter the way all the peoples of the earth live, work and play. Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, the co-developer of TCP/IP and known around the world as the "Father of the Internet," has his own ideas on just how the global network is progressing, and what incredible new possibilities, as well as pitfalls, it offers the human family. To start, Dr. Cerf will review the history and development of the global network, beginning with the the landmark ARPANET project in the late 1960's. He will then offer a thorough analysis of the current Internet "gold rush" and just what sort of companies and services he believes will survive and thrive when the gold rush years come to an end. To conclude, Dr. Cerf will look at the future, offering his beliefs on how the network and the applications that ride on top of it will change, as well as a preview of how the global network will eventually break the surly bonds of earth and reach for the stars.

Type of Seminar:
New Vistas
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President, Internet Architecture and Technology, MCI Worldcom, Reston USA
Nov 20, 1998   14:15

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Prof. Plattner
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Biographical Sketch:
Vinton Cerf is senior Vice president of data architecture for MCI's Data and Information Services Division, a unit of MCI Business Markets. Cerf is responsible for the design and development of the network architecture to support MCI's future data and information services. This includes the development of a common network framework that will enable MCI to deliver a combination of data, information, voice and video services which businesses and consumers can use with equal ease. Cerf, who previously was with MCI in the early eighties, recently was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), where he conducted national research efforts on information infrastructure technologies. Cerf co-developed the computer networking protocol, TCP/IP, widely used in the industry and for communications between the diverse university, government and commercial data networks, known collectively as the Internet. He also has served as president of the Internet Society since 1992. From 1982 to 1986, Cerf was vice president of MCI Digital Information Services serving as the chief engineer of MCI Mail. He played a major role in sponsoring the development of Internet-related data packet technologies during his stint with the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) from 1976 to 1982. Cerf is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), and the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. Cerf holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Stanford University and a masters of science degree and Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA.