Dr. Vint Cerf, a founding father of the Internet, is being awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of St Andrews.

This June, Dr. Vint Cerf, one of the "fathers of the Internet" and now vice-president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of St Andrews, alongside our graduating students.

In advance of this, we are organising a one day event on Monday June 22nd 2015 entitled “The Internet at 100”. This event features a host of distinguished speakers and culminates with a talk by Dr Cerf. The Internet is, of course, not 100 years old. It’s not even quite 50 years old but the talks at this event will look at its history, its current state and forward to what it might look like at 100. We are looking forward to a day of inspiring talks, time to network and socialise but also time to look back while we consider what might be for the Internet.

This event is hosted and organised by the School of Computer Science in the University of St Andrews. If you are alumni, a current student or staff in St Andrews, a sponsor or come from across SICSA you should have already received an invitation to register for a ticket to attend this event. You can see the full schedule for the event below along with speaker biographies, social program and details of our sponsors.

We look forward to welcoming everyone who is registered to St Andrews on June 22nd, 2015.

Dr Cerf’s talk will consider a real problem he perceives for the future - that the information we have now may be lost unless we think ahead about the longevity of the applications and data we use today.

"Digital Dark Age? Digital Vellum"


Unless we establish a regime for preserving digital content on long-lived media (or copy to new media) AND capture application and operating system software as well as machine hardware emulation capability, we are destined to lose access to digital content over time. In a thousand years, there may be little information available about the emails, tweets, blogs and web pages of the 21st Century.

There are technical, legal and financial challenges that will interfere with our ability to conserve/preserve digital formats, functional machine descriptions, operating systems and application code. Who is allowed to execute archived application software and operating systems? Who will preserve the description of executable instruction sets for purposes of emulation? Who will debug operating system and application software of the future?

Event Schedule


Welcome tea and coffee.


Welcome by Prof. Steve Linton, Head of School, Computer Science, St Andrews.


        Dr Colin Perkins, University of Glasgow. "Video", Chair, Dr. Colin Allison.


First tea or coffee break. Chance to stretch the legs for half an hour and have a chat.


Prof Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute “The technology and politics of privacy and surveillance”, Chair, Dr. Tristan Henderson.


Lunch - Sponsored by FanDuel.


Prof Julie McCann, Imperial College. "Things and Sensors", Chair, Prof. Aaron Quigley.


                               Short comfort break, chance to stretch the legs for a bit.


Dr Lars Eggert, NetApp & Chair of the Internet Research Task Force, "Research Directions", Chair, Prof. Simon Dobson.


Second tea or coffee break. Chance to stretch the legs for half an hour.


Panel Session with Guest Speakers and Session Chairs, Chair, Prof. Verity Brown.


20 minute break before evening session.


Prof Jon Crowcroft, Cambridge Computer Lab. "A True History of the Internet".


                                                       Comfort Break - another chance to stretch the legs for a bit.


Keynote speaker of the evening. Dr Vint Cerf of Google, and a father of the Internet, "Digital Dark Age? Digital Vellum".


Closing remarks, Prof. Saleem Bhatti.


Cheese & Wine Reception - Sponsored by Google.

Guest Speakers

A little bit about our guests.

Champion Sponsors


Host - Silver - Bronze Sponsors

Univeristy Of St Andrews
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