In Unprecedented Times, 50 Year Old Internet - And Its Creators - Prevail

April 15, 2020
Vinton Cerf in May 2015 at Google's offices in Washington, D.C. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Although COVID-19 has brought most of the world to a screeching halt, it has not stopped the Internet or one of its biggest cheerleaders. 

Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Vint Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols. Since 2005, he has been a vice president and “Chief Internet Evangelist” for Google, promoting the web’s capabilities.  

Although the web’s basic protocols have not changed in 50 years, it is largely still able to handle the surge in traffic brought on by the novel coronavirus, something Cerf took great pride in during a recent interview with the Washington Post via Google Hangout after recovering from COVID-19. 

“This basic architecture is 50 years old, and everyone is online,” he said. “And the thing is not collapsing.”