Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton G. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet and is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.   He is a member of the National Science Board and National Academy of Engineering and Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and BCS. Cerf received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Prince of Asturias Award, Japan Prize, ACM Turing Award, Legion d’Honneur, the Franklin Medal and 29 honorary degrees.

Plenary talk: Wednesday, 14 November 9:00-9:45 

Concrete Steps for the Long-Term Preservation of Digital Information

It is becoming more widely understood that bits are not impervious to degradation and loss. If we are to develop methods to cope with this fact, we will need to establish a set of desirable properties of a digital preservation ecosystem that will deal with technical issues, business models and legal frameworks friendly to a preservation regime. In this talk, I hope to lay out at least the properties that I believe will be conducive to successful creation of such a regime and perhaps some specifics that could be pursued in the near term.