ACM Webcast with Vint Cerf and Stuart Feldman, April 23: "Internet’s Future Social Implications: Upheaval or ‘Trek’s’ Promise?"

Register TODAY to attend the next free ACM Webcast, "Internet’s Future Social Implications: Upheaval or ‘Trek’s’ Promise?", presented on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 1 PM EDT (12 noon CDT/11 AM MDT/10 AM PDT/5 PM UTC), part of the ACM Learning Webinar series.

The talk will be followed by a live question and answer session. (If you’d like to attend but can’t make it to the virtual event, you still need to register to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available.)

What You’ll Learn:
The Internet has matured over its 30-year operational life (and 40th year since inception) 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. The Internet’s increasing utility and centrality in modern life and the economy have not escaped the notice of countries around the world and other institutions involved in communication. For many, the Internet poses a threat because of its open character and the freedom it offers for democratic processes. There is a war on for the control of the Internet: will it stay open and accessible or will authoritarian governments inflict access and content controls to suppress freedom of expression? There have been many battles on this front and the war is not over. A similar tussle is appearing with regard to intellectual property. Purists take the view that all material is copyright on creation and should be protected; realists believe that this choice should be up to the creators of the material and offer Creative Commons as a flexible example. The digital world’s economics differ markedly from the world of physical copies, and some of the business models that rested on inhibiting copying are struggling with these differences.

This webinar is intended for general audiences. You will come away with an appreciation for the scope, depth, and evolutionary arc of the Internet and the policy and technical challenges it poses in the 21st Century.
Duration: 60 minutes

Comments (1)

  1. Stephen says:

    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 (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 American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves as President of ACM and recently completed his term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    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."