Cyber-pioneer Vint Cerf to headline July 28 forum on the future of Internet
BY DAVID ORENSTEIN
Vint Cerf is widely known as one of the fathers of the Internet. Like any father, he is interested in his progeny's prospects. Members of the public and the Stanford community can join Cerf and other experts for a discussion of the Internet's future Thursday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.
"While the Internet has already become a pervasive part of everyday life, it is still making major changes to how we do business and live our lives," says Professor William Dally, host of the School of Engineering's 2005 summer forum, "The Internet: Today and Tomorrow," and chair of the Computer Science Department. "The Internet and its impact on society still have a long way to go both technologically and socially."
Looking to advance that understanding, faculty and industry experts at the forum will share and debate the latest thinking on hot topics such as the development of wireless networks, the Internet's impact on traditional media and the ongoing fight against online crime.Agenda and attendance
Drawing on decades as one of the most influential people in the Internet's history, Cerf will provide the context for the day in a morning keynote speech. In 1973, while a professor in Stanford's Digital Systems Laboratory, Cerf teamed up with Robert E. Kahn of the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (now DARPA) to develop the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). Now called TCP/IP (IP stands for "Internet Protocol"), it is the fundamental communications software that allows the Internet to operate as the huge, diverse global network it is today. Cerf is currently senior vice president of technology strategy at MCI and chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
In a private ceremony before the forum begins, the School of Engineering will dedicate a plaque that will hang in the Gates Computer Science Building to commemorate the work of Cerf, Kahn and many other engineers around the world who contributed to the birth to the Internet.
Following Cerf's remarks and an exhibit of computer science graduate student research posters at lunch, Dally, who holds the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professorship, will host three expert panels:
The forum is sponsored by the Stanford Center for Professional Development, venture capital firms Alloy Ventures and Mayfield, and network technology firm Packet Design.
Attendance costs $25 for Stanford alumni and members of the public. Current Stanford faculty, staff and students or members of the media can attend for free but are strongly encouraged to register in advance. The event includes lunch for all registrants. To register, visit http://soe.stanford.edu/alumni/internet/registration.html.
David Orenstein is the communications and public relations manager at the School of Engineering.