The Internet has matured over its 30-year operational life but it is still evolving. We will discuss the current and anticipated technical evolution of the system, the power of mobile technology to leverage the computing power of the Internet and World Wide Web, the introduction of the Internet of Things, and the implications these have for safety, authentication, and control. We will also look at what the future holds in terms of an interplanetary extension. Many see the Internet as a threat because of its open character. Will the Internet stay open and accessible, or will authoritarian governments inflict access and content controls to suppress freedom of expression?
A similar tussle is appearing with regard to intellectual property. Purists believe all material is copyright on creation and should be protected, while realists feel this choice should be up to the creators of the material (e.g., Creative Commons). Meanwhile, some of the older business models are struggling to adapt to the digital world's economics.
Presenter: Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; President, ACM
Moderator: Stuart Feldman, Vice President—Engineering, Google; Former President, ACM