Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were Unleashing on the World | Epicenter | Wired.com
Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP. Most people have never heard of it. But it describes the fundamental architecture of the internet, and it made possible Wi-Fi, Ethernet, LANs, the World Wide Web, e-mail, FTP, 3G/4G -- as well as all of the inventions built upon those inventions. Cerf did that in 1973. For most of you that's probably 20 years before you even knew what the internet was. That's why he's known as the father of the internet and earned himself a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cerf didn't stop there — he went on to co-found the Internet Society (ISOC) and served as president of ICANN, the organization which operates the domain naming system. So it was pretty much a given that Cerf would be inducted, as he was on Monday, into ISOC's internet Hall of Fame in its inaugural year.
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