Vint Cerf

85% of all video we watch is pre-recorded, so you can set your system to download it all the time. You’re still going to need live television for certain things – like news, sporting events and emergencies – but increasingly it is going to be almost like the iPod, where you download content to look at later.

– Vint Cerf

Given that my title at Google is Chief Internet Evangelist, I feel like there is this great challenge before me because we have three billion users, and there are seven billion people in the world.

– Vint Cerf

Choosing a single most important development is incredibly hard to do because a lot of different things had to happen before the Internet could be deployed in the fashion it is today.

– Vint Cerf

By 1988, I’m seeing this commercial phenomenon beginning to show up. Hardware makers are selling routers to universities so they can build up their campus networks. So I remember thinking, ‘Well, how are we going to get this in the hands of the general public?’ There were no public Internet services at that point.

– Vint Cerf

We will have more Internet, larger numbers of users, more mobile access, more speed, more things online and more appliances we can control over the Internet.

– Vint Cerf

Internet and government is Topic A in every nation, all around the world. There is the question of getting the Internet built. That involves persuading government to have regulatory policies. It involves new technology to bring the Internet to rural places.

– Vint Cerf

The Internet has introduced an enormously accessible and egalitarian platform for creating, sharing and obtaining information on a global scale. As a result, we have new ways to allow people to exercise their human and civil rights.

– Vint Cerf

Will we shoot virtually at each other over the Internet? Probably not. On the other hand, there may be wars fought about the Internet.

– Vint Cerf

The big deal about the Internet design was you could have an arbitrary large number of networks so that they would all work together.

– Vint Cerf

It seems pretty clear that the Internet has an important economic role to play for China as it reaches out to the rest of the world.

– Vint Cerf

The post office doesn’t guarantee delivery, but it tries really hard. It’s called best efforts communication. If you put two postcards in the post-box, they don’t necessarily come out then in the same order that you put them in. So, that means that there’s potentially disorder with your delivery, and that’s also true in the Internet.

– Vint Cerf

Information flow is what the Internet is about. Information sharing is power. If you don’t share your ideas, smart people can’t do anything about them, and you’ll remain anonymous and powerless.

– Vint Cerf