SXSW: Vint Cerf on Connecting the Next Billion People

The ‘Father of the Internet’ has a plan for making the Internet truly worldwide.

BY DAN COSTA PCMag

Vint Cerf is known for a lot of things. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, and founder of the People-Centered Internet (PCI). He is also the winner of the national Medal of Technology, The Turing Award, and even The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The title that is most enduring, however, is “Father of the Internet,” a title he shares with fellow TCP/IP inventor Bob Kahn. In laymen’s terms, TCP/IP is the communication protocol that runs the internet and everything connected to it.

This week, Cerf is in Austin, Texas, at SXSW where he is headlining IEEE’s “Tech for Humanity Series.” I got the chance to ask Cerf a few questions via email before the show started.

PCMag: You have a tremendous platform in Google, you have traveled all over the world advocating for people-centric technologies—why go to Austin for SXSW?

Cerf: SXSW has developed a reputation for attracting creative, out-of-the-box thinkers, and I want to engage with them on ways in which to make the internet more accessible, more useful, and more widely and affordably available.

What is the mission of People Centered Internet?

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