Black Lives Matter

Every life has equal value.

The events of the past week, fueled by a 400-year legacy of racism in the US, bring our immediate national crisis into sharp focus.  We see the systemic injustice that has tragically ended the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many other black and brown people that our society has failed.

As innovators and pioneers who created our connected world in order to freely share ideas and to provide opportunity and resources to everyone on the planet, we refuse to be complacent and complicit.

We know that inclusion is multi-dimensional and that many in our society are not assured of equal treatment under the law nor of access to the technology they need to find paths from poverty and to take care of themselves and their families.

This is our time to listen and to act.  We are committed to building awareness and supporting technology policies that are inclusive and will contribute to a more just society.  We welcome your thoughts on how we as individuals, and as part of the Marconi Society, can help achieve the true equality that everyone deserves.

Vint Cerf
Chair, Marconi Society

Samantha Schartman-Cycyk
President, Marconi Society

In the News

The Marconi Prize celebrates the innovators who create information and communications technology supporting digital inclusion.

Paul Baran Young Scholars are outstanding young scientists with exceptional capabilities and potential to build tomorrow’s digitally inclusive world.

The Celestini Program leverages the power of the Marconi Society to empower students from around the world to build tomorrow’s technologies to connect the next billion.

Marconi Society News

Marconi Prize recipient, Andrea Goldsmith, on the future of wireless

Original Babbage podcast in The Economist This winner of this year’s Marconi Prize, Andrea Goldsmith of Stanford University, on her pioneering work in wireless communications technology (interview starts at 8:25).
Andrea J. Goldsmith, Marconi Prize Winner 2020

COVID-19 Has Laid Bare The Digital Divide—Meet The Technologist, And First Female Recipient Of The Marconi Prize, Intent On Solving It

Originally printed in Forbes From the library of her Menlo Park, California, home, Dr. Andrea Goldsmith, 55, holds up a brick of a mobile phone next to her later model iPhone to demonstrate the evolution from 1G technology. On Thursday, Goldsmith…

Connected Nation Podcast – 2020 Marconi Winner Andrea Goldsmith

On this edition of Connected Nation, we talk with Dr. Andrea Goldsmith, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious $100,000 Marconi Prize—dubbed the “Nobel Prize of Telecommunications.”  We discuss how her pioneering work has helped…

Marconi Society Blog


Vint Cerf and Broadband Advocate Talon Lane Discuss Digital Inclusion

By Vint Cerf A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Talon Lane, a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and an outspoken advocate for digital inclusion. Most amazingly, Talon is 12 years old. Talon and I had a very constructive…

Three Lessons We’ve Learned About Digital Inclusion From COVID-19

By Samantha Schartman-Cycyk Did you know that 43% of the world’s households cannot take advantage of the educational and economic benefits of Internet access? Geographic and demographic gaps in digital access create a divide between the haves…

Marconi Fellows explain how coronavirus will change our future

Link to original San Jose Mercury News article As the internet becomes our economic, educational and social window to the world, six innovators that built this critical technology give their thoughts on our post-pandemic future. These visionaries…

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