Vinton G. Cerf at Norway’s IT Award Ceremony

How would you like the chance to go through Internet history and even meet one of it’s inventors, and have a nice chat with him – all in one day? Well last night I did, and since my blog is about my daily life, mostly in Norway, I’ll gladly share this exciting moment with you:

Yesterday it was The Norwegian Computer Society‘s big event: ROSING, The IT Award Ceremony 2007 in Oslo. You can read all about last years event where I met the co-founder of Skype, Morten Lund in my ‘IT’s all about luck‘ post. As I said then: Awards are given out in categories like “IT Security”, “Usability”, “Competence”, “Creativity”, “Best Net Service” e.g. to software companies, consultants, organization or others that have provided some special and good solutions within IT and the Internet. This years key note speaker was no less that the father of the Internet himself; Vinton G. Cerf:

Vinton G. Cerf at ROSING 2007In his speech: ‘The Internet – Past, Present and Future’, Mr. Cerf took us through the history and development of the Internet from how it started in the beginning of the 60s with DARPA to ARPANET in the 70s where the Internet matured as a result of the TCP/IP architecture first proposed by Robert E. Kahn at BBN and further developed by Kahn and Cerf at Stanford and others throughout the 70’s. He also gave some facts and figures about the spreading and growth of the net and how he became VP and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. I would like to stress on one crucial point though: Beside the protocol in itself, one of the most import factors for how the Internet has been created, is the design goals for this interconnection of networks:
• Any network should be able to connect to any other network via a gateway
• There should be no central network administration or control
• Lost packets should be retransmitted
• No internal changes in the networks should be needed in order to enable their interconnection.

So here we are, in a free network, where everyone can participate and share applications, informations and knowledge like in this wonderful world of Blogshpere where it really shows that it empowering people.

Vinton G. Cerf and RennyBABefore Vint’s speech, I was lucky to have a nice chat with him. He knew a lot of people important for the development of the net, including Norwegians like Paal Spilling, professor at the Department of informatics, Univ. of Oslo and University Graduate Center at Kjeller. I said I thought Spilling was the first one who connected to ARPANET outside of US, but Vint meant it was Professor Peter Kirstein of University College London (UCL). I promised i would try to find out more information about it and get back to him.
I also told Mr. Cerf that I would like to see him nominated for 2008 Nobel Peace Price like I announced in my post in October. He was flattered of course and said if so, Mr. Robert Kahn should be included too. I also like the idea of adding Tim Berners-Lee who wrote the protocol for information distribution known as WWW. Those three have provided some really important tools for free information availably which breaks down religious, cultural and social barriers in the world. I still am working on that and take it you support me :-)

Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore or Vint Cerf?

You might rise your eyebrows because of this caption, but let me explain, step by step and start with todays announcement from The Norwegian Nobel Committee:

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
First of all this is a great victory for the importance of science combined with the need of a communicator to open people and nations eyes for the course. I do hope this leads to that US now will sign the Kyoto Protocol and also recognize UN as the ultimate tool for peace.

The Norwegian Committee’s last years price was given to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank. You can read about when i met him holding his speech by clicking here. These are examples of the variety and windiness of the price and how the committee try to address different aspects of peace achievement. That brings me to today’s subject:

RennyBA’s Nomination for 2008 Peace Price:
As my regular readers know, my motto is: “Make Blogs not War” and of course there was no blogging without the Internet. So whats more natrual than awarding the father of the net: Vinton G. Cerf:

Cerf is now vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is widely known as a “Father of the Internet,” as he is the co-designer with Robert Kahn of TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet. In 1997, President Clinton recognized their work with the U.S. National Medal of Technology. In 2005, Vint and Bob received the highest civilian honor bestowed in the U.S., the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It recognizes the fact that their work on the software code used to transmit data across the Internet has put them “at the forefront of a digital revolution that has transformed global commerce, communication, and entertainment”.

The grounds for my nomination: The Internet has promoted peace in every corner of the world by bringing people of different nations closer together. It has made it easier for small nations to do business with larger nations and build capital and contacts. It has spread information in and out of countries which have traditionally had closed borders, and in that way it contributes to the break down of cultural and religious barriers. The globalization process brings nations and people closer together, and as this blog is an example people from different continents and countries can exchange ideas in a free and open forum.

I will meet Vint at The Norwegian Society’s yearly IT Award Ceremony and I take it he will be thrilled by the idea :-) We have also arranged a meeting for him with The Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration and Reform, to sort out the lack of good maps and pictures from Norway at Google Earth.

You see every parliamentarian around the world can nominate for The Peace Price. So why don’t you talk to the one you know, so that we can see Mr. Cerf getting the award he deserve next year. I can assure you, I’ll do the same! Are you with me?

Muhammad Yunus awarded The Nobel Peace Prize

This evening I had the great privilege of being invited to an event celebrating the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, which immediately preceded the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. It was a great thrill to hear his speech on how Micro-credit has proved to be an important liberating force in societies where women in particular have to struggle against repressive social and economic conditions. Economic growth and political democracy can not achieve their full potential unless the female half of humanity participates on an equal footing with the male.

All pics taken with my Nokia mobile phone – please click to enlarge!

Following the winners speech, we heard a presentation from some of the clients of Grameen Bank who told their personal and moving stories of how small loan to by e.g. sawing machine, material, or even a cow, enable them to start small businesses which eventually allowed them to work their way out of extreme poverty and even employ others within their villages. My wife remarked that this must be true feminism. I do agree as it is a big difference between women fighting for their place in management and woman who are fighting for their family and villages survival. It really shows that little people with a good idea can achieve great things.

At the end of the event, we heard music from the African drum player George Kitogo Sferunjogi from Uganda. He uses the earnings from his performances to give Micro-credits to the people of his homeland.

Of course Norwegians are proud to have the honour of presenting The Nobel Peace prize every year. Due to this we’ve had winners visiting Oslo like Mother Theresa (India), Lech Wałęsa (Poland), Elie Wiesel (USA), Dalai Lama (Tibet), Wangari Maathai (Kenya) among others.

Referral links:
The Nobel Peace Prize, Grameen Foundation, The Norwegian Nobel Institute and Nobel Peace centre in Oslo.

PS: For my regular readers: I will serve you Rakfisk tomorrow:-)

The Nobel Peace Prize Recidence

On my way from the buss to work this morning, I passed the Grand Hotel at Oslo’s main street, Karl Johan. It’s close to the parliament, the old university and the Kings Castle, so it gives you a majestic atmosphere. At this hotel, the Nobel Peace Price winner of the year take residence in the beginning of December every year to receive the award and give his speech in Oslo City Hall the 10th every December.

The Grand Hotel first opened its doors in 1874. The Louis XVI revival style building, with its hint of Nordic art nouveau and characteristic clock tower from 1913, is right on Karl Johans gate, Oslo’s main street, and stands as a symbol of a first-class hotel with tradition, atmosphere and style.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 was to be shared, in two equal parts, between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei. Any suggestions for candidates in 2006?

If you like to read more about The Nobel Peace Prize, click here!
If you like to visit The Grand Hotel, click her!