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Vint Cerf on IPv6, home networks, extraterrestrial Internet, more

Full transcript, and a few thoughts, from my Q&A with the networking pioneer who serves as Google's Internet Evangelist.

By Julie Bort on Thu, 02/17/11 - 5:33pm.
Vint Cerf takes his title of Chief Internet Evangelist for Google seriously. He is knee deep in several projects to bring the next versions of the “Internet” into the world, or in some cases, into the solar system. These include a new extraterrestrial Internet, (the so-called “InterPlanetary Internet”) and pushing for worldwide IPv6 adoption. On Sunday, I had the pleasure of a one-on-one interview with Vint after his keynote at the annual Digital Broadband Migration conference in Boulder, CO. My live blog written during the conference touched on many of the most intriguing statements from his keynote speech (and from the keynote that followed, from Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra). After speaking with him, I walked away feeling optimistic over the next era of communication technology and how it will transform our lives. I sometimes wonder how I would describe the modern world to someone from 100 years ago. How do you explain to someone from 1911 that the telephone and “Steampunk” era would lead to instantaneous worldwide communications with the power to topple suppressed regimes? As promised, this blog post contains the full text transcript of the interview.

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