Events and Programs

An Evening With Vint Cerf

Join us on April 5, 2018, for a conversation with Vint Cerf, the architect of the internet.

On April 5, 2018, the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation will host An Evening With Vint Cerf at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Best known as a co-father of the internet, Dr. Cerf co-designed TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the internet. In 1997, Dr. Cerf received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in recognition of this world-changing contribution. 

Brian Fung, a technology reporter for The Washington Post, will interview Dr. Cerf about his experiences as a student, innovator, and now as an advocate for a free and open internet. The audience will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Cerf questions following the interview. The program will conclude with a short reception for all. 

This event is free and open to the public. To attend in person, please visit Eventbrite. If you cannot join us in Washington, D.C. on the 5th, the event will be available on this page via live webcast. 

Join us in person or via webcast for An Evening With Vint Cerf 
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 6:00-8:00 PM ET

About the speakers

Vinton Cerf

Vint Cerf is best known as a co-father of the internet. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology with Robert E. Kahn for founding and developing the internet. Together, the two men developed the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP)--a set communications protocols that allow data to flow from computer to computer. Those protocols are still the foundation that underlies the internet as we know it today.  Cerf is a vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. 

When asked about the internet's role in society and the future of the platform Cerf responds, "I'm an optimist. Let me return to the idea of information sharing. That’s what the Internet was designed for; it’s what it does best. People’s lives improve and humankind makes progress when we share our best ideas and others can act on them. This overwhelms all the bad stuff.” 

Brian Fung

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications, internet access, and the shifting media economy. Before joining The Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at The Atlantic. 

Brian holds a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.