In 2011, the movie “Contagion” eerily predicted what a future world fighting a deadly pandemic would look like. In 2020, I, along with hundreds of thousands of people around the world, saw this Hollywood prediction play out by being diagnosed with COVID-19. It was a frightening year by any measure, as every person was impacted in unique ways.
Vint Cerf is widely known as a “Father of the Internet” and is the highly celebrated co-designer of TCP/IP protocols and Internet architectures. In his lecture, “The Future of the Internet of Things: Desirable properties of an IoT ecosystem”, Cerf discussed the benefits and the potential pitfalls of a massively automated world.
Two dozen Turing Award laureates including Father of the Internet, and former ICANN Chair from 2000 to 2007, Vint Cerf have endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States and Senator Kamala Harris for Vice President. As the letter notes, it’s the first time Turing Award Laureates have endorsed a candidate.
In my last column (June 2020), I wrote about my experience with COVID-19 and the challenges involved with getting medical attention. The problem is still with us, even with the improved availability of personal protection equipment and masks. The experience of calling for a doctor’s appointment and being told I could not come into the doctor’s office was unsettling to say the least.
In this episode of Radio Corona, Gideon Lichfield, editor in chief of MIT Technology Review, will discuss the future of our connected world with Vint Cerf, one of the people known as a “father of the internet.”
Even the father of the internet would do things differently if he were creating the internet all over again. At a recent conference, Vint Cerf said he would have started with 128-bit addresses from the start.
“If I could have justified it, putting in a 128-bit address space would have been nice so we wouldn’t have to go through this painful, 20-year process of going from IPv4 to IPv6,” Cerf, who is now Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, told an audience of journalists during a press conference on 22 September at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, according to the IDG News Service. Cerf said in hindsight he would have also like to have added public key cryptography.
“I doubt I could have gotten away with either one,” said Cerf according to the report, who won a Turing Award in 2004 and is now vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google. “So today we have to retrofit.”
While it couldn’t have been envisaged at the time, it soon became obvious the 32-bit addresses were inadequate.
The report continued:
The 128-bit address space, for instance, “wouldn’t have seemed realistic back then,” he said. Particularly given the effort’s experimental mind-set at the time, “I don’t think we could have forced that.”
There actually was debate about the possibility of variable-length addresses, but proponents of the idea were ultimately defeated because of the extra processing power associated with them, he explained. “Because computers were so expensive back then, we rejected the idea.”
As for public key cryptography, the notion had only recently emerged around the time the internet protocols were being standardized back in 1978.
“I didn’t want to go back and retrofit everything, so we didn’t include it,” Cerf said. “If I could go back and put in public key crypto, I probably would try.”
Father of the internet Vint Cerf narrates this video on one of his three “kids”, the internet. The video gives a history of internet governance, starting with the work Cerf and Bob Kahn did when it was a small Defence Department project and that Jon Postel managed the directory that translated names and IP numbers.Then there was the creation of ICANN and its role as demand for names and numbers got highter. And now how the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has presented a plan to end its contractual oversight and hand this over to ICANN under non-governmental oversight in the hands of an international multistakeholder community.To watch the video if it does not appear above, go to:
Vint Cerf, Nii Quaynor, Beth Noveck and Paul Mockapetris invite you to join them on Tuesday, 11 March at 15:00-16:30 UTC (time converter: tinyurl.com/l458x7v) for an overview of the draft recommendations and report they respectively released earlier this month for public comment:
- ICANN‘s Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem â Draft Report [PDF, 2.14 MB];
- Public Responsibility Framework â Draft Report;
- ICANN Multistakeholder Innovation â Draft Report [PDF, 424 KB] (Proposals compiled here);
- Identifier Technology Innovation â Draft Report [PDF, 1.76 MB].
The Strategy Panels serve as an integral part of a framework for cross-community dialogue on strategic matters. Advisory in nature, ICANN Strategy Panels’ quintessential objective is to inform and support the development of ICANN‘s new, overarching vision and five-year strategic plan.
The Chairs wish to walk you through their panel’s preliminary recommendations and to seek your input, as panels fine-tune their report and bring their work to a conclusion. This webinar will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Your feedback and contributions are key to this project and will be carefully considered. Note that panels also welcome input sent via their publicly archived mailing lists (see www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/strategy-panels-25feb14-en.htm for full reference). Comments are invited through 30 April 2014.
The webinar will be run in an Adobe Connect room with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. The session will be conducted in English.
Participants will be given the opportunity to offer comments and to ask questions during the Q&A section. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect. If you cannot join the live session, the recording of the session will be made available shortly after the meeting.
Please register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 10 March 2014 â 23:59 UTC to receive the dial-in details. A reminder with log-in and dial-in details will be sent to you prior to the call.
Date: Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Time: 15:00-16:30 UTC (time converter: tinyurl.com/l458x7v)
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[news release] ICANN today (14 October) announced the membership and operating timeframe for four strategy panels.
ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi ChehadÃ© announced creation of the panels during the organizationâs July meeting in Durban, South Africa. ChehadÃ© said they will bring together subject matter experts, thought leaders and industry practitioners to help transform and guide ICANNâs five year strategic plan.
The membership of the strategy panels is here: www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-14oct13-en.htm
ICANN also announced a new timeframe for the panels, under which they are expected to complete their work by 31 January 2014.
âThis new timeframe is aimed at facilitating public comment on the panelsâ work prior to its possible consideration in the formation of ICANNâs strategic plan and our 2015 budget,â said Theresa Swinehart, Senior Advisor to the President on Global Strategy âWe are encouraging our community to provide input and comment before the panels submit their final reports at the end of January.â
The strategy panels are exploring the following subjects:
- Identifier Technology Innovation, chaired by Paul Mockapetris
- ICANN’s Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem, chaired by Vint Cerf
- ICANN Multistakeholder Innovation, chaired by Beth Simone Noveck
- Public Responsibility Framework, chaired by Nii Quaynor.
The four panels begin work this month. The public comment period on the panels’ recommendations will begin 31 January 2014 and conclude 31 March 2014.
A fifth panel had been announced in Durban on the Role of ICANN in the Future of Internet Governance. That panel is being refocused and more information will be announced in the coming weeks.
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During today’s opening ceremony of ICANN 47 in Durban, South Africa, President and CEO Fadi ChehadÃ© announced the creation of five new ICANN Strategy Panels that will serve as an integral part of a framework for cross-community dialogue on strategic matters. The ICANN Strategy Panels will convene subject matter experts, thought leaders and industry practitioners to support development of ICANN‘s strategic and operational plans, in coordination with many other global players, and will be comprised of up to seven members including the chair for an anticipated one-year timeframe.
Designed to conduct work in critical strategic areas identified by the community, Board and staff, the ICANN Strategy Panels will build on public input being generated to inform a new, overarching vision and five-year strategic plan, and subsequent operating plan, for the organization. Advisory in nature, the ICANN Strategy Panels will report to ChehadÃ©; will operate in a manner consistent with ICANN‘s commitment to transparency and accountability; and will channel all views, guidance and advice produced into the standard community and Board processes that guide ICANN‘s activities.
In its fourteen-year history, ICANN has grown to reflect a changing landscape of continued innovation, interconnectedness, and unprecedented growth in the DNS ecosystem, one that transcends groups and borders to serve the public interest. Yet, the Internet is at a critical inflection point as billions of new people are expected to join the global network in the next few years and as the nature of its usage matures dramatically. With this in mind, the ICANN Strategy Panels are expected to help catalyze transformation and advance ICANN‘s role in the context of a dynamic, increasingly complex global environment.
Schedules and Operations
The ICANN Strategy Panels will conduct their activities, starting in September 2013, primarily online and through conference calls, although face-to-face meetings are expected to take place according to the needs of each panel. The ICANN Strategy Panels will also provide public updates on their progress that will be linked to ICANN‘s overall strategic and operational planning activities. Dedicated ICANN executive liaisons have been assigned to and will support each of the ICANN Strategy Panels throughout the process.
Members and Objectives
The ICANN Strategy Panels will focus specifically on identifier technology innovation; ICANN‘s role in the Internet organizations’ ecosystem; ICANN multistakeholder innovation; the public responsibility framework; and the role of ICANN in the future of Internet governance. Chairs who will lead the panels in their respective concentrations and who will guide the panels in their groundbreaking efforts have been identified; however, qualified individuals interested in serving as committee members are still being sought. Potential panel members need not originate directly from ICANN structures, but should have a deep understanding of and concern for the work being undertaken by ICANN, and an ability to think strategically, globally, and creatively about the challenges inherent in the ICANN Strategy Panels’ mandate. Interested individuals should send their resume/CV to the email addresses affiliated with each of the specialty areas by 29 July 2013. Members will be selected by ICANN‘s President & CEO, in coordination with each ICANN Strategy Panel Chair.
Strategy Panel on Identifier Technology Innovation
â¢Â Engage with the ICANN community and public on technology matters;
â¢Â Develop a technology roadmap for DNS and other identifiers; and
â¢Â Provide a technology roadmap for ICANN technical and security operations, including best practice recommendations and reference systems.
Strategy Panel on ICANN‘s Role in the Internet Organizations’ Ecosystem
â¢Â Facilitate review of the assumptions, linkages and frameworks that underlie ICANN‘s responsibilities in the current Internet ecosystem;
â¢Â Seek insights on ways to maintain and enhance ICANN‘s stewardship in an evolving ecosystem; and
â¢Â Cultivate thought leadership on ways in which ICANN can serve a complex set of Internet constituencies.
Strategy Panel on ICANN Multistakeholder Innovation
â¢Â Examine how Internet policy related to unique identifiers might be best managed in the future;
â¢Â Propose new models for broad, inclusive engagement, consensus-based policymaking and institutional structures to support such enhanced functions; and
â¢Â Design processes, tools and platforms that enable the global ICANN community to engage in these new forms of participatory decision-making.
Strategy Panel on the Public Responsibility Framework
â¢Â Propose ICANN‘s role and five-year strategic objectives and milestones for promoting the global public interest vis-Ã -vis ICANN‘s mission and core values and for building out the base of internationally diverse, knowledgeable and engaged ICANN stakeholders, especially within the developing world;
â¢Â Propose a framework for implementation of ICANN‘s role, objectives and milestones for promoting the global public interest, building capacity within the ICANN community, and increasing the base of internationally diverse, knowledgeable and engaged ICANN stakeholders; and
â¢Â Provide advice on programs and initiatives that help achieve the above objectives.
Strategy Panel on the Role of ICANN in the Future of Internet Governance
â¢Â Provide a set of guiding principles to ensure the successful evolution of ICANN‘s transnational multistakeholder model in cooperation with national and international bodies;
â¢Â Propose a roadmap for evolving and globalizing ICANN‘s role in the Internet governance ecosystem in consultation with global players; and
â¢Â In coordination with the many other global players and ICANN stakeholders, propose a framework for implementation of ICANN‘s role, objectives and milestones in global Internet governance.
As the ICANN Strategy Panels get underway, additional information will be available via ICANN‘s strategic planning portal.
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