More than 30 years ago, Vint Cerf and colleague Robert Kahn - performing research sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - created the core standards that allow computers across the globe to link together.

The two men developed the transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) suite, a stack of networking protocols that forms the Internet's foundation. Ultimately their work revolutionized how citizens, businesses and governments use and share information.

Today Cerf is vice president and chief Internet evangelist of Google, where part of his job is to identify new Internet applications and technologies. In addition, Cerf is chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) a nonprofit organization that coordinates Internet domain names and IP addresses globally.

Cerf spoke with Government Technology at Google's Washington, D.C., offices. During the hour-long conversation, Cerf discussed numerous issues that will shape the Internet's future, including Net neutrality, municipal wireless projects and mobile connectivity.


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