Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf is an American computer scientist, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet".
In 1992 he co-founded, with Bob Kahn the Internet Society to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy. Since September 2005, Cerf has worked for Google as a Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist. In this function he has become well known for his predictions on how technology will affect future society, encompassing such areas as artificial intelligence, environmentalism, the advent of IPv6 and the transformation of the television industry and its delivery model. Vinton Cerf was instrumental in the funding and formation of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from the start. Cerf waited in the wings for a year before he stepped forward to join the ICANN Board. Eventually he became the Chairman of ICANN.
Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He was involved in the development of the first commercial email system (MCI Mail) connected to the Internet.
Since 2010, Cerf has served as a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, a UN body which aims to make broadband internet technologies more widely available.
Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens.