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Bob Kahn on the Future of the Internet

Bob Kahn Future of Internet

By Hatti Hamlin

Marconi Fellow Bob Kahn is Luncheon Speaker at a TPI event at the National Press Club. He has been active around the world. He and Marconi Fellow Marty Cooper went to Geneva to be honored on the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union. In December, Kahn spoke at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. President Xi Jinping also spoke at the conference, discussing the role of China and emerging nations in Internet Governance. Xi’s speech drew worldwide attention and is summarized here.

Kahn is President & CEO of the non-profit Corporation for National Research Initiatives, which he started in 1986. He is also founding Chairman of the DONA Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that is responsible for administering a portion of the Handle System known as the Global Handle Registry., Kahn believes Digital Objects are important to users of future networks for information management purposes.

In December, 2015 DONA reached a milestone, the first three Multi-Primary Administrators (MPA), the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), the Coalition for Handle Services – China (ETIRI, CDI and CHC), and the Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG) became operational in the Internet. He explains the ideas in a nine minute video from the ITU, This 2009 interview has an extensive introduction to the topic.

Ten very prominent professors descend from the Ivory Tower to discuss the U.S. Internet Ecosystem. One is a lawyer, the others economists. They are among the best in this field, if perhaps a bit academic. Several were Chief Economists of the FCC. Scott Wallsten was Chief Economist of the U.S. Broadband Plan, where he did some very important work.

There is no live video stream. It is being taped and will be on the TPI website soon after the event.