Tech Policy Central Meetup - Dr. Vint Cerf in conversation with Steven Levy

Join us for coffee and conversation at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Tech Policy Central is hosting a free breakfast meetup, followed by a special presentation featuring Google's Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist in conversation with WIRED senior writer Steven Levy.


Taking place March 25, 2009 from 8:00am to 10:00am, this event is a precursor to the 3rd annual Tech Policy Summit, which will be held May 11-13, 2009 at the San Mateo Marriott.

Space is very limited, so we encourage you to register now to secure your spot. There is no cost to attend, and you will receive a Discount Code good for a $100 savings off the standard registration price of Tech Policy Summit '09 in May.

Speaker Bios

Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist

Dr. Vint Cerf

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company.

Widely known as a "Father of the Internet," Vint is the co-designer with Robert Kahn of TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet. In 1997, President Clinton recognized their work with the U.S. National Medal of Technology. In 2005, Vint and Bob received the highest civilian honor bestowed in the U.S., the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It recognizes the fact that their work on the software code used to transmit data across the Internet has put them "at the forefront of a digital revolution that has transformed global commerce, communication, and entertainment."

From 1994-2005, Vint served as Senior Vice President at MCI. Prior to that, he was Vice President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), and from 1982-86 he served as Vice President of MCI. During his tenure with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1976-1982, Vint played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.

Since 2000, Vint has served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and he has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. He served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995 and was on the ISOC board until 2000. Vint is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum and the National Academy of Engineering.

Vint has received numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computer Machinery, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, among many others.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and more than a dozen honorary degrees.

Steven Levy
Senior Writer
Wired magazine

Steven LevyAfter bookstrapping his way into journalism in 1975, Steven Levy began writing about technology, the people who make it, and its effects on all of us in 1981, and he has been pursuing this fascinating story ever since. After years of freelancing and writing books, he joined Newsweek in 1995, where he worked as senior editor, chief technology correspondent, and writer of a column called the Technologist. In late June 2008, Steven joined Wired Magazine as a full time writer.

He has written six books, beginning with “Hackers,” which PC Magazine named the best Sci-Tech book written in the last twenty years. His penultimate (so far) book, “Crypto,” won the grand eBook prize at the 2001 Frankfurt Book festival. Most recently, he wrote “The Perfect Thing,” a book about the iPod and its reverberations in the business and cultural world, as well as in your ear. 

Steven's work has appeared in a wide range of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and Premiere. He's been a contributor to Wired since its inception. Before focusing on technology, he wrote about a variety of subjects: he was a rock critic at weekly papers (he interviewed Bob Marley and Bruce Springsteen, though not together), covered sports, and tackled other subjects ranging from a shot-by-shot analysis of a scene from “Millers Crossing” to the New York Times wedding announcements.

In 2006, his Wired profile of publisher and Internet guru Tim O’Reilly was included in “Best of Technology Writing 2006,” an anthology of tech writing. He accepted the assignment to edit the next collection and in Fall 2007, the digitalculture imprint of the University of Michigan published “The Best of Technology Writing 2007.”

He grew up in Philadelphia, and went to Central High School and Temple University there. He then got an M.A. in literature at Penn State. He now lives in New York City and western Massachusetts with his wife, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Teresa Carpenter, and their teenage son.


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