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‘Father of the Internet’ to Deliver Keynote at 2019 Internet2 Global Summit

Posted on Feb 11, 2019 by Sara Aly
Tags: 2019 Internet2 Global Summit, Frontpage News, Network Architecture

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 11, 2019 – Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google, will serve as a featured keynote speaker at the 2019 Internet2 Global Summit event. The talk entitled “Pacification of Cyberspace” will take place at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. Cerf will address how to pacify the relatively lawless environment of the Internet, while preserving the utility of its openness to creative innovation and technological revolution. 

Widely 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 Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

“Dr. Vint Cerf is visionary leader whose contributions to the architecture of the Internet have helped transform the world as we know it,” said Howard Pfeffer, president and CEO of Internet2. “His perspective on the need to address safety, security, privacy, reliability and utility amongst the technical Internet community is a welcome addition to the Global Summit program and we’re pleased he could join us for the event.”

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations for his work. He, along with his colleague Robert E. Kahn, received the U.S. National Medal of Technology in 1997, the ACM Alan M. Turing Award in 2004, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

He has held several government-appointed roles and led a variety of national boards, including serving as president of the Association for Computing Machinery, chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and founding president of the Internet Society. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Science Board beginning in February 2012. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he is working on the design and implementation of an interplanetary internet.

Before joining Google, Cerf held leadership roles at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives; the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency; Stanford University; and MCI, where he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the internet.

Cerf holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Stanford University and master of science and doctoral degrees in computer science from the UCLA. He also holds 29 honorary doctorates from various global institutions.

The 2019 Internet2 Global Summit event will convene research and education technology leaders from March 5-8 at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC hotel. It will feature two keynote addresses, presentations from noted subject-matter experts, and sessions focused on trust and identity, advanced networking, information security, and integrated solutions for research, scholarship and creativity. More information can be found on the 2019 Global Summit website

A live netcast will be available at the event page,

EDITOR’S NOTE: Members of the news media interested in attending the Internet2 Global Summit should contact Sara Aly at or 720-379-9674.

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Media Contact: Sara Aly
Communications Manager, Internet2