Discussion: Vint Cerf, who helped design the architecture that the Internet is built on, is now the chief evangelist at Google. In an interview with CNN, Cerf describes the Internet as a “giant tent, under which you can do almost anything you can imagine and program.” Cerf praises the Egyptian people for using the Internet to express themselves in a way that had a big impact, but adds that in an open Internet environment, you don’t have to stir a revolution to have an effect. And the topic that excites Cerf the most? Internet interplanetary service, a project he has been working on with NASA since 1998.
Date: February 25, 2011
Questions for discussion:
- What are the cultural and diplomatic implications of an Internet interplanetary service?
- Discuss Cerf’s comment that Google must try to serve China just as hard as they try to serve other markets.