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Google's chief internet evangelist to speak April 10 at the U. of I.

Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Released 3/27/2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Google corporation’s chief Internet evangelist, considered one of the fathers of the Internet, will speak April 10 at the University of Illinois.

Vinton Cerf, also a Google vice president, will deliver the 23rd annual Arnold O. Beckman Lecture in Science and Innovation, scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana.

The title of Cerf’s lecture is “Technology and Policy Challenges for the Internet in 2007,” and in it he plans to discuss numerous issues of concern as the Internet expands in its size, applications and number of users. In his position at Google, Cerf is responsible for identifying new technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and questions will be taken afterward.

Among the numerous topics Cerf is likely to address are the challenges of scale that still need to be solved, security problems, and limits of access and speed.

Cerf is credited as the co-designer, with Robert Kahn, of TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet. In recognition of that work, Cerf has been awarded the U.S. National Medal of Technology and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Cerf earned a doctorate in computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles, and from 1976 to 1982 worked at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency. Among his positions prior to joining Google, he was a vice president and senior vice president at MCI.

Cerf is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in the National Academy of Engineering.

For more information about Cerf, visit