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‘Founding Father’ of Internet Presents Vision of Web’s Future at Campus Party 2013


• Vint Cerf, inventor of IP protocol to close out Campus Party
• Keynote to include reflections on the future of computer networks that connect us all
• International collaboration between policy and technology stakeholders will be key
• Speech on how software is the key to the online future

London, UK - Vint Cerf, regarded as one of the creators of the Internet, was today confirmed as keynote speaker at Campus Party Europe which takes place in September at The O2.

Vint Cerf joins a growing list of high-level keynote speakers that include Atari founder and ‘Godfather of Gaming’ Nolan Bushnell; Linux co-founder Jon ‘maddog’ Hall; world-leading computer scientist Sandy Pentland; WIRED UK Editor David Rowan and Neelie Kroes, leader of the EC’s Digital Agenda plus more than a 100 guest speakers to be announced over the coming weeks.

Vint Cerf will focus on how digital processors are becoming a universal element of our lives in a talk entitled “All the world’s a computer and the players on it merely programs.” With programs embedded in every appliance and device effectively creating online environments – mobile applications even - Cerf believes software holds the key to the online future. It is the source of creative new functionality and at the same time the cause of much turmoil and vulnerability. It is a situation that will need multi-stakeholder discussion and deliberation to be reconciled in an international framework if it is to properly serve the needs of today and tomorrow’s world population.

Vint Cerf, along with Bob Kahn, was responsible for developing the internet as we know it today and more recently has been working with NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on a new set of protocols that can stand up to the unique setting of outer space. He said of the event: “Campus Party is a bonding experience you will never forget. You will make some lifelong friends and you will discover new ideas that may change your life and career.”

Campus Party will be host to 10,000 ‘campuseros’ – some of the brightest young minds in tech from across Europe – to explore and celebrate exciting new technologies from robotics to gaming, and coding to green tech, helping inspire a new generation of digital makers. The event is Europe’s biggest and most ambitious technology festival, taking place this year at The O2 in London from 2 to 7 September.

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