Both Mr Cerf and Mr De Santis serve on the board of the Global Virus Network (GVN). The GVN is a coalition of the world’s best virologists, who are working together to advance knowledge on how viruses make us sick and how to prepare against new viral pandemic threats. The GVN includes 33 centres of excellence in all medically important viruses spread over 21 different countries, each directed by a recognised expert in human viral diseases. These directors are world renowned, with almost 100 awards being given to GVN Centre Directors and Scientific Leadership Board members for outstanding contributions to medical virology. Led by Robert Gallo M.D., the co-discoverer of the HIV Virus, GVN is a global authority and resource for the identification, investigation, control and suppression of viral diseases posing threats to mankind.
Vint Cerf is widely regarded as the ‘father of the Internet’, responsible for helping to develop the TCP/IP protocols which serve as the main structure of the web. Mr Cerf began his career at the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he played a key role in developing the Internet and related technologies.
Mr Cerf has been honoured with numerous prestigious awards recognising his career achievements. These include the U.S. National Medal of Technology, the ACM Alan M. Turing Awards (often called the ‘Nobel Prize of Computer Science’), the Presidential Medal of Freedom and he holds more than a dozen honorary degrees.
In his current role as Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, Mr Cerf is dedicated to thinking about the future of the Internet, including its use in space. At their meeting Mr Cerf and Mr De Santis discussed Mr Cerf’s numerous and wide-ranging projects which includes developing the interplanetary Internet. Working with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mr Cerf has helped develop a new set of protocols which can stand up to the unique environment of space, where orbital mechanics and the speed of light make traditional networking extremely difficult. Though this space-based network is still in its early stages, Mr Cerf has said that we are now at “the front end of what could be an evolving and expanding interplanetary backbone.”
Vint Cerf is currently working on the interplanetary internet.
During their meeting, Mr De Santis presented to Mr Cerf, GLOGO®: Gold Mercury’s Global Governance Centre for Sustainable Globalisation. GLOGO’s unique framework includes a monitoring and rating system to organise world complexity and report on the impact of major decisions and events on the future of our world. Mr Cerf and Mr De Santis discussed global population growth and the future of global resources; notably the critical importance of energy security and water as two of mankind’s most important challenges.
GLOGO®: Gold Mercury’s Global Governance Centre for Sustainable Globalisation.
Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury stated: “Vint is a very special individual who spends his time envisioning the future, as well as thinking about how to improve humanity’s access to information and networks, both in our planet and beyond. Our discussion was one of the most exciting I have ever had; ranging from the future of water in our planet and the interplanetary internet, to how we can terraform other planets to make them more similar in biosphere to earth, so that they can be habitable by humans in the future. You can’t beat that!”