The man who helped create the internet nearly 30 years ago is conducting a whirlwind trip through Wellington and Auckland next week.
Vint Cerf, in New Zealand for the follow-up to the government's Knowledge Wave conference, will be speaking in Wellington on Monday at the National Library Auditorium on Molesworth Street, on the topic "Towards an Information Society for All".
On Tuesday he will be at the US Embassy discussing "Email, how its changed business and where it is going". Anyone wishing to attend the Tuesday session must contact the US Embassy beforehand.
On Thursday Cerf will discuss "The internet: its future and the opportunities it presents" on the Auckland University campus in the Library room B28. Although the room has a capacity of over 400 there will be a video link to another rooam for any overflow.
Cerf co-created the TCP/IP protocol which forms the basis of the internet as we know it today. In 1997 President Bill Clinton presented the US National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert Kahn, for founding and developing the internet. Today Cerf is the senior vice president of internet architecture and technology for US telco giant WorldCom.