The Internet Age: Founders to the Future

Des acteurs majeurs de l’histoire d’Internet se sont réunis aujourd’hui au National Museum of American History pour discuter des perspectives futures. La vidéo sera bientôt archivée en ligne (voir ci-dessous l’annonce en anglais pour plus de détails), mais l’on peut déjà relever les réponses des différents acteurs à la question conclusive de l’histoire, Eric Hintz (Lemelson Center) : quels type de documents et archives faut-il préserver pour les historiens de 2030 ?

founders-futureVinton Cerf : les logiciels, afin de pouvoir déchiffrer les contenus dans le futur.
David Farber : il ajoute à la nécessité de préserver les logiciels celle de préserver la mémoire de ceux qui sont encore vivants, et donc de procéder à une histoire orale.
Mitchelle Baker : les référentiels permettant de comprendre les structures organisationnelles et les mécanismes sociaux et collaboratifs qui maintiennent et sous-tendent Internet ; par exemple les documents relatifs à l’Arpa, ISOC, et autres organismes standards.
On notera que la discussion, sans pour autant la réduire à cela, aura eu du mal à développer les aspects sociaux et politiques du sujet, bien qu’ils ont été convoqués à plusieurs reprises par Mitchelle Barker. Vinton Cerf semble résumer toute la résistance du panel en cette phrase, qui montre bien la difficulté à penser la question pour ces experts : « We don’t understand the social consequences of the technology we use today. We are immature. »
On notera aussi, afin de souligner les enjeux de pouvoir forcément sensibles dans un débat convoquant à la fois des enjeux d’histoire, d’expertise et de prospective, que sur 4 panelistes et 1 animateur, l’on trouve deux affiliés directs de Google, et une seule femme.
Internet Society and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to Co-host Summit Exploring Past, Present and Future of the Internet
 
The Internet Society and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History have joined forces to co-host a summit entitled The Internet Age: Founders to Future. Prominent contributors to the rich history of the Internet will discuss the diverse elements that have enabled the innovations leading to the Internet Age and provide perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the Internet’s future. The event will take place on Thursday June 11, 2015 from 2:30-4:00pm ET in the Museum’s Warner Bros. Theater, and will also be webcast live, http://raiseitup.si.edu/global-summit/.
 
What: The Internet Age: Founders to the Future
When: Thursday June 11, 2:30-4:00pm ET
Where: Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History,
1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
 
 
Free admission and open to the public; first come, first seated in the theater.
 
PANELISTS
 
Mitchell Baker is Executive Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation and the leader of the Mozilla Project. She is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser and other products. Ms. Baker was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.
Vint Cerf, widely known as one of the « Fathers of the Internet, » is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.  He has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. Mr. Cerf was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.
David Farber played a key role in many systems that converged into today’s Internet. He is an Internet Hall of Fame inductee and the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, researcher, inventor, and entrepreneur.  Today, he is the founder and CEO of Udacity, a company dedicated to democratizing learning for everyone.  Udacity has almost 4 million students in over 190 countries.
MODERATOR
Eric Hintz is a historian with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History.  He serves as a curator for the Places of Invention exhibition and coordinates the Center’s fellowship program.  Eric’s research explores science, technology, and American business history; he specializes in the history of invention and R&D.
About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership around the world.  It is also the organizational home for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). With its principled vision, substantial technological foundation and its global presence, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone. For more information, visit www.internetsociety.org