‘It’s every man for himself’: The Guardian’s Jack Schofield meets Vint Cerf

Meet Vint Cerf, the ‘father of the internet’, and find out what he thinks about net neutrality, spam and how we deal with use and abuse of the webVinton Gray “Vint” Cerf is a very distinguished, kindly, silver-haired gentleman in a three-piece suit, so perhaps I shouldn’t expect him to ride to our rescue with six guns blazing, but I’d settle for a small pearl-handled silver pistol. I want to know who is going to clean up the internet now that it’s full of scammers, spammers and criminals running zombie networks, while its connecting pipes are clogged up with porn-to-porn file swapping.Sadly, Cerf doesn’t have a silver bullet, either. “It’s every man for himself,” he says, grinning. “In the end, it seems every machine has to defend itself. The internet was designed that way.”

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