79 Quotes of Vint Cerf About Internet

” It’s the Industrial Revolution and the growth of urban concentrations that led to a sense of anonymity. “
” The post office doesn’t guarantee delivery, but it tries really hard. It’s called best efforts communication. If you put two postcards in the post-box, they don’t necessarily come out then in the same order that you put them in. So, that means that there’s potentially disorder with your delivery, and that’s also true in the Internet. “
” Instant messaging and chat rooms have basically created a level playing field for deaf people. “
” My reaction to a lot of the current situation that we’re in is based in part on a serious concern that the present administration’s course ignores reality. “
” I expect to see a lot of household appliances on the Net by 2010, as well as autos and other mobile devices. “
” The Internet lives where anyone can access it. “
” Information flow is what the Internet is about. Information sharing is power. If you don’t share your ideas, smart people can’t do anything about them, and you’ll remain anonymous and powerless. “
” The internet has become one of the motors of the 21st century economy, allowing all of us to reach a global audience at a click of a mouse and creating hundreds of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs. “
” There was something amazingly enticing about programming. “
” There is an underlying, fundamental reliance on the Internet, which continues to grow in the number of users, country penetration and both fixed and wireless broadband access. “
” There is an underlying, fundamental reliance on the Internet, which continues to grow in the number of users, country penetration and both fixed and wireless broadband access. “
” You don’t have to be young to learn about technology. You have to feel young. “
” We had no idea that this would turn into a global and public infrastructure. “
” The more we can organize, find and manage information, the more effectively we can function in our modern world. “
” The net’s future is far from assured, and history offers much warning. Within a few decades of Gutenberg’s creation, princes and priests moved to restrict the right to print books. “
” The purpose behind terrorism is to instill fear in people – the fear that electrical power, for instance, will be taken away or the transportation system will be taken down. “
” The Internet has introduced an enormously accessible and egalitarian platform for creating, sharing and obtaining information on a global scale. As a result, we have new ways to allow people to exercise their human and civil rights. “
” But what we all have to learn is that we can’t do everything ourselves. “
” With Internet technology you can capture a photo, a quote, or an article, store it locally and upload it into the Net more than once, if you wish, to multiple sites. Can you imagine then forcing the search engines to somehow not index that information? “
” Like almost every major infrastructure, the Internet can be abused and its users harmed. We must, however, take great care that the cure for these ills does not do more harm than good. The benefits of the open and accessible Internet are nearly incalculable, and their loss would wreak significant social and economic damage. “
” While many governments are committed to maintaining flexible regimes for fast-moving Internet technologies, some others have been quite explicit about their desire to put a single U.N. or other intergovernmental body in control of the Net. “
” History is rife with examples of governments taking actions to ‘protect’ their citizens from harm by controlling access to information and inhibiting freedom of expression and other freedoms outlined in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We must make sure, collectively, that the Internet avoids a similar fate. “
” Their Internet usage is growing very rapidly, and even they can do the math: If everyone in China needed an IPv4 address – just one – this country would use up one third of the entire public IP address space. “
” Written communication is a tremendous help for me, and so when electronic mail was invented in ’71, I got very excited about it, thinking well, gee, the deaf community could really use this, or the hard-of-hearing community as well. “
” Sorting through what social conventions we ought to adopt for the Internet is a pretty tricky and complicated topic. I think we are just going to live through a lot of these issues until we discover what social norms make sense. “
” Some people argue we should solve all the problems on Earth before going off the planet, but that’s like telling Lewis and Clark to stay put until the rest of the East was settled. No way. “
” In 1973, the only cryptographic technology we could get our hands on was classified. “
” One thing that I can tell you that we have not done very well is to build in broadcast capability into the network, and we don’t take advantage of broadcast radio. “
” Energy, health care and education are just three examples of areas in which information and information management are critically important. How are we using our energy? What appliances in homes or business are consuming the most energy? When do they consume it? Can the load be shifted? How efficient are these devices? “
” I’m projecting somewhere between 100 million and 200 million computers on the Net by the end of December 2000, and about 300 million users by that same time. “
” The computer would do anything you programmed it to do. “
” In the earliest days, this was a project I worked on with great passion because I wanted to solve the Defense Department’s problem: it did not want proprietary networking and it didn’t want to be confined to a single network technology. “
” We will have more Internet, larger numbers of users, more mobile access, more speed, more things online and more appliances we can control over the Internet. “
” Yet we still see continuous reports of bugs. “
” There’s a tremendous amount of energy in Japan and, increasingly, in China. “
” First of all, in terms of investment in Internet-related developments, venture capitalists – once burned – are now very cautious and are investing in areas that actually make business sense. “
” What is special about VOIP is that it’s just another thing you can do on the Internet, whereas it is the only thing – or nearly the only thing with the exception of the dial-up modem and fax – that you can do on the public switched telephone network. “
” Today we have 1 billion users on the Net. By 2010 we will have maybe 2 billion. “
” Movie distribution may very well have migrated fully to digital form by then, making a huge dent in the need to print film and physically distribute content. “
” There has been a substitution of ideology for fact and scientific and engineering data in this administration. “
” We live in a very complex world. “
” Although I’ve had several major career changes, I was extremely hesitant about making some of them. “
” I was very nervous about going up to teach at Stanford and very nervous even about going to ARPA. “
” Yet in all those cases I finally steeled myself to seize the opportunity, and find a way to muddle through and eventually conclude that I had, in fact, chosen the right path, as risky as it seemed at the time. “
” At some point, you can’t lift this boulder with just your own strength. And if you find that you need to move bigger and bigger boulders up hills, you will need more and more help. “
” In the larger companies, you have this tendency to get top-down direction. “
” In a small company, you often see a lot more of what goes on in a broader range of things. And that’s good. “
” So, for me, working with larger companies has often been very satisfying, precisely because of the ability of bringing critical mass to bear on a given effort. “
” We never, ever in the history of mankind have had access to so much information so quickly and so easily. “
” There’s an old maxim that says, ‘Things that work persist,’ which is why there’s still Cobol floating around. “
” Choosing a single most important development is incredibly hard to do because a lot of different things had to happen before the Internet could be deployed in the fashion it is today. “
” The first commercial routers came out about 1986, and services came in 1987. “
” To be honest, I joined Facebook as an experiment. I accepted all invitations just to see how many people would ask to be ‘friends’ – it quickly overwhelmed my time to process even the invitations and requests, let alone to actually go there and do anything. “
” When I first joined Google in October of 2005, I was warned that I shouldn’t be offended if people were doing their e-mails while a meeting was going on. “
” The three-piece suit has become sort of my trademark. You don’t see them much anymore. It has several benefits: You may be overdressed on some occasions, but you can manage to fit into a huge range of circumstances. “
” The idea that you can somehow erase the Internet is silly. “
” We’ve never lived in an environment in which it has been so easy to capture information and share it. That fact that it is digital and easy to transmit exacerbates that. I don’t know that we know yet what social norms we wish to adopt. “
” Commercialization of assets off the planet would mutually reinforce the growth of interplanetary communication. “
” We all know the Internet didn’t explode until it became a commercial enterprise. Space communication will probably have the same characteristic. “
” The Internet browser is the most susceptible to viruses. The browser is naive about downloading and executing software. Google is trying to help by releasing the Chrome browser as open source. “
” There needs to be some regime that is overseeing access to broadband to make sure we have openess; otherwise, there is a risk it won’t be open anymore. We spent quite a bit of time with Verizon policy people in addition to participating in a multilateral discussion with the Federal Communications Commission. “
” It seems pretty clear that the Internet has an important economic role to play for China as it reaches out to the rest of the world. “
” The idea that Google, Yahoo, and eBay are getting a free ride is absolutely unfair criticism. We have to build out our own infrastructure. And we have to inter-connect to the public Internet. “
” It doesn’t matter if it’s a wireless or wired network. I think network management can be introduced that is equally sensible. “
” There’s nothing special about wireless networks except that wireless capacity is sometimes less than what you can get, for example, from optical fiber. “
” Google Apps for Education is a suite of applications intended to be helpful to higher level educational institutions, but in the long run, I think Google has a role to play in helping to assemble relevant content for classroom use. “
” You should know that I’ve been hearing-impaired, not quite since birth, but I’ve been wearing hearing aids since I was 13, so I’m very conscious of the difficulty of voice communication. “
” I can’t say I’m particularly happy about all the spam and the viruses and the equivalent that we see on the Net, but I think technology can deal with many of the problems that we’re now seeing, whether it’s filtering or whatever, and laws may help a lot. “
” Virtually any appliance is going to be online. Appliances will talk to each other and to the power-generation system. Our appliances will pay attention to our preferences. “
” One thing we know for sure is that the Web is a collaborative medium unlike any we’ve ever had before. We see people working together, playing together, interacting in social settings using these media. We hope that will emerge as the new tool for education. “
” There is an odd mix of permeability and impermeability in the Net. You won’t be able to communicate with everyone, and not every application will be accessible to everyone. “
” No matter what you do, any country in the world is going to have the ability to set its own rules internally. Any country in the world can pull the plug. It’s not a question of technical issues, it’s not a question of right or wrong, it’s not a question of whether global Internet governance is right or wrong. It’s just with us. “
” The big deal about the Internet design was you could have an arbitrary large number of networks so that they would all work together. “
” I just am a huge cheerleader for getting kids interested in science and technology. “
” It’s important that the adults appreciate that young people are capable of doing really astounding work. “
” The government has a responsibility to protect society, to help maintain society. That’s why we have laws… The rule of law creates a set of standards for our behavior. “
” The Internet is a really big tent. In theory, it can support the full range of models, one of which is, ‘Here’s my information and I’m happy you can use it,’ and the other one is, ‘Here’s the information and you can’t have it unless you pay me for it,’ and perhaps some things in-between. There is a full spectrum of models. “
” Free is not going to go away. Either the advertising model will still work, or there will still be literally hundreds of millions of people who want to put their information on the Net and want people to have access to it. “
” Governments should look at investment in broadband as a national priority on the grounds that having broadband access for virtually everyone creates opportunities for the development of the economy that wouldn’t otherwise be available. “