The Past, Present and the Future of Internet

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If opening an office in another city or country or even countries is your biggest challenge, you should have attended the lecture by Dr Vint Cerf (the father of Internet) organized by TiE Chennai in association with the Internet Society and NASSCOM at Chennai this evening (25th Jan 2013).

Not that Dr Cerf was going to give you tips and strategies for growing your business!! But if you listened to him talking about the challenges that he was tackling in furthering communication, your troubles and issues would seem sooooooooo trivial!!

He was talking about Inter Planetary Internet and the protocols that would help planets communicate.  And if that is daunting enough, his next goal was to reach another star  millions of light years away and most importantly a communication protocol that will make this a reality!!

For those of us who have not heard of Dr Vint Cerf, he was the co-author of the design of the internet way back in 1973 and a champion of internet penetration in the world, internet security, internet governance to name a few.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions internationally.

He also talked about internet enabled devices that would be all over the place (perhaps making the current usage of internet appear almost prehistoric) including internet enabled electric bulbs that would cost $20 but last for many years.

He urged governments to invest in the internet infrastructure so that the  internet access would be more wide-spread and affordable.  He talked about the current penetration of India being 11.4% while that in other countries in the Asian region like Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Korea was more than 75%.

He talked about huge opportunities in education especially for the Indian market through Massive Open Online Classes.

Most of what he shared during his address went well over the head of those of us who were not technically initiated but still we were able to enjoy his perspectives that he laced with subtle humour.

On behalf of all the participants, I want to thank TiE, Internet Society and NASSCOM for having this legend share his thoughts in person.  In fact, it would be really befitting that he addresses the citizens of Chennai at the Nehru Indoor Stadium at the least, given his stature but then he is not a film star (although he looks more charming with his well-kept grey beard!!)

Thanks to Agni Sharman for allowing me to use the photograph he had taken during the event for this post.



  1. January 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    The talk was very good
    And ur post is pretty quick even before he would have left the hotel

    • badrirag said,

      January 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Paddy. It is either now or never. With time, recall fades.

  2. Rajesh Kumar said,

    January 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Excellent post Badri. You have captured it quite well.

    • badrirag said,

      January 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Rajesh. what did you like most in the speech?

  3. N Ramesh said,

    January 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

    This is how My Lord operates in this World of ours, when he sends some incarnations to this world to do a particular work on His behalf, whom we calls as ‘Avatars’ and Dr. Vint Cerf is certainly one such persons belonging to the Species Homo Sapines in the overall Mamalia Family of the Animal Kingdom, to state the bare minimum as of now !

    Thus Spake the New Age Sage !

  4. March 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    […] could read my posts about the earlier TiE events here, here, here and […]

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