The new Internet holds opportunities, threats Cerf says in WWW2010 Keynote address

28 04 2010
WWW 2010 - Vint Cerf keynote address, April 28, 2010. Photo by Elon University Relations photographer Kim Walker. Creative Commons rights.

WWW 2010 - Vint Cerf keynote address, April 28, 2010. Photo by Elon University Relations photographer Kim Walker. Creative Commons rights.

Vint Cerf gave the keynote speech to officially open the WWW2010 International Conference in Raleigh April 28.

“I’m a little daunted to come and speak at this conference,” Cerf said. Cerf described his work at Google as working in the “underlying plumbing” of the Internet and not as much the visible work most consumers see.

In his speech, Cerf spoke on new features of the Internet as well as the dangers most recently threatening it.

Currently the Internet serves 1.8 billion users, approximately 26 percent of the world’s population Cerf said.

Two of the newest aspects of the Internet that are important are cloud computing and social networking, he said. Mobile phones are also allowing for this technology to be made portable.

“Mobiles are starting to become capable in interactions of sensory interactions (such as photography, video, sound etc.),” Cerf said. “The notion is that everyone here can become a reporter of information, not just consumers of information.”

Cerf also said technology such as Patty Mae’s sixth sense technology, which detects human gestures, may be seen more frequently in the future.

“We clearly need to do some serious work to articulate and discover the information that’s out there,” Cerf said.

Cerf also highlighted some of the threats the Internet is currently experiencing.

“Authenticity is becoming increasingly important,” he said. “There a lot of things on the net that are virtually unauthenticated and we believe them.”

Security issues are another threat, Cerf said.

“There a lot of security problems on the net and they are not just technical,” he said. “They are consequence of people succumbing to social engineering…we are guilty for choosing the same password for everything so we’ll remember them.”

Some other threats Cerf mentioned included naïve browsers, weak operating systems, hackers and privacy invasions.

“We all become reporters and we’ve created an environment where we can share that information with anyone if we want to,” he said.

New technology the Internet is utilizing, Cerf said, includes flow routers (as researched by Stanford professor Nick McKeown), massive data correlation and sensory networks.

Cerf said his overarching point was “there is a lot that can be still done to today’s internet to make it a lot better.”

-By Laura Smith and Ashley Dischinger

ADDITIONAL DETAILS FROM THIS EVENT…
Video and more written FutureWeb coverage:
http://bit.ly/imaginingtheinternet
FutureWeb YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Futureweb2010#p/u
Flickr photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38539612@N02/sets/72157623891937652/

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