NET@50: The Roots and Future of the Internet
On Tuesday, July 16 we will host a celebration of the first Internet message, sent in October 1969. Juan Enriquez, a brilliant author, investor, and pioneer of a future where the biotech and the internet revolutions converge, shared the idea of Net@50 with our president, Bob Buderi late last year. Since then Bob has built a steering committee with Juan and founders of the Internet and shaped the program in a special partnership with Xconomy.
It promises to be an amazing day. A large number of internet pioneers (many from the Boston area) will be on hand, both on stage and in the audience during the afternoon—and as our guests at dinner. Among our speakers are living legends of the internet, including Vint Cerf, Radia Perlman, Bob Kahn, Len Kleinrock, and Bob Metcalfe—all inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame. Others taking part include Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte; Neil Gershenfeld, who heads MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms; Cornell computer science legend Deborah Estrin; Nadya Peek from the University of Washington; and Raffi Krikorian of Emerson Collective, who has only recently stepped down as CTO of the Democratic National Committee, where he led efforts to recover from Russian hacking and more. Krikorian will speak on How to Fix Social Media.