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Stockholm Waterfront 23-24 november 2020

Vint Cerf about DNSSEC, Pirate Party and network in space

Vinton G. Cerf is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Vint Cerf is also called ”Father of the Internet”. I almost bumped into him during the IETF75 meeting last week, but that was not the time for me to start asking questions. Later I decided to ask some people what they would have asked Vint if they could ask him one question, and then I e-mailed him a few of those. Here are some of the answers.

Why do you think DNSSEC is important?

Because there have been a variety of attacks on the Domain Name System, it is important to improve its security. One way to improve security is to provide a means for determining whether the IP address associated with a domain name has been modified by an unauthorized party. Digital signatures provide a way to test the integrity of a response to a domain name query.

Last year at ”Internetdagarna 2008”, you talked about your wine cellar and that you are using IPv6 to keep track of the temperatures of your bottles. How is your cellar doing today?

About 1800 bottles and stable temperatures and humidity :-)

How is the work with networking space going? When can we surf on Mars / in space?

We are testing a three node system: Earth, the International Space Station and the EPOXI space craft (heading away from the Sun to rendezvous with a comet in 2011). By the end of 2009 we believe we will have ”space-qualified” the Interplanetary Internet software and can begin planning to use it in missions in the future.

Do you never tire of the Internet?
No. It is always changing, always finding new applications.

What do you do, when you are not doing this?

I read a lot (history, biography, science fiction, science fact). and listen to classical music.

Have you heard of the Swedish Pirate Party and their recent election success, gaining one seat in the European parliament? What do you think of the current situation where Internet governance and the battle over net neutrality are hot issues?

Yes, I have heard of this party and was surprised to find that it had won a seat in the Parliament. I hope we can come to some conclusions to preserve the non-discriminatory aspects of the Internet so as to maintain significant levels of innovation.

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