Fifty years ago, four computers at the universities of Stanford, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Utah in the USA were connected to form the ARPANET. This event marked the birth of the Internet, which has since spread rapidly across the globe. But before the Internet could become a worldwide mass phenomenon, many developments were necessary to make it easier for the average person to use. Over time, Internet protocol languages such as TCP/IP, web browsers, graphical user interfaces and mobile services have been developed to make the Internet and the World Wide Web an easy-to-use, practical and universally accessible application. Today, half of humanity uses the Internet and many communication and work processes can only run with the help of this global network. The largest companies in the world are now IT and telecommunications companies and they continue to explore the potential of the Internet and the WWW with 5G and new applications.
The anniversary year of the Internet is reason enough to engage in discussions with the pioneers of the Internet, successful digital entrepreneurs, representatives of the digital society, and scientists about how the Internet came about, what lessons can be learned for further developments and what values an "Internet society" should follow.
Speakers for the Conference:
We are looking forward to announcing the following selection of speakers:
- Prof. Vinton Cerf per video message from UCLA (one of the four universities where the ARPA-Net was initiated)
- Warren East, CEO of Rolls Royce
- Dr. Jürgen Müller, CTO and Board Member of SAP
- Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE
- Christiane Woopen, Head of the European Ethics Council
- Prof. Stefanie Müller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The conference will be an opportunity to discuss the risks and new challenges that accompany the digital transformation and the values that an “Internet society” should seek to follow.