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The Ethics of the Internet of Things Ecosystem

By Vint Cerf I’ve written on this topic before, mostly in the context of the Internet. I would like to focus now on products and services developed by engineers. “Ethics” is derived from the Greek ethos, which is defined as the characteristic…
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Bob Tkach on the Potential of the Marconi Society

Each time you quickly grab information from the Internet, watch a video that streams smoothly or have a great Facetime or Skype connection with someone on the other side of the world, you can thank Bob Tkach. Together with Andrew Chraplyvy,…
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Radio: The Invention That Keeps on Giving

120 years ago this month, Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for “Improvements in Transmitting Electrical Impulses and Signals, and in Apparatus therefor.” This was the first description in print of a wireless telegraphy device – in…
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The Internet’s Next Frontier: Getting Better at Getting Better Together

By Paula Reinman Coauthored by Mei Lin Fung Mei Lin Fung’s work is defined by her heritage, starting with her great-great grandfather who escaped famine in China by accepting indentured servitude in return for his passage British Guyana…
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How the Wireless Revolution Will Make a Better World

By Paula Reinman Co-authored by Marty Cooper 44 years ago this month, cell phone pioneer and 2013 Marconi Fellow, Marty Cooper, made the world’s first call from a mobile phone and fundamentally changed the way we communicate by recognizing…
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Starving in the Land of Plenty: The True Story of Consumer Bandwidth

By John Cioffi Co-authored by Hatti Hamlin Why is it that we’re surrounded by bandwidth - with a few gigabits per second going through our bodies at any one time between cell, Wi-Fi, and TV services - and yet we have trouble streaming…
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Why We Have To Do Better: The Case for Tech for Good

By Paula Reinman When you talk with Hao Zou, you’re never sure which country he is in or which problem he is working on. Born in China, educated in California and busily applying mathematics and artificial intelligence (AI) to solve social…
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When Anything Can Talk to Anything, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

An audience of 60 students, faculty and business leaders in the Chicago area joined Marconi Chairman Vint Cerf and 2011 Young Scholar Joseph Kakande at Illinois Institute of Technology to discuss the Internet - past, present and future.  The…
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The Internet’s Wild Ride: From Trust to Cybersecurity Threats

By Leonard Kleinrock Co-authored by Paula Reinman On March 31, 1976, Queen Elizabeth II sent the first e-mail to come from a head of state. With assistance from my colleague and fellow Marconi Prize winner, Peter Kirstein, who set up the…
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One Thing You Can Do Today For the Future of Research

By Paula Reinman Calling all scientists and engineers dedicated to making the world a better place through breakthroughs in communications and networking: we have an opportunity for you! While funding cuts, policy stalemates and university…