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LCA 2011 Announces Google Vice President Vint Cerf as Keynote speaker

Linux Conference Australia 2011 has announced that Google Vice President and chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf will be a Keynote Speaker for the conference to be held in Brisbane, in January next year.

From their press release:

Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.” In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.

We would like to extend a hearty welcome to Vinton G. Cerf as a Keynote Speaker for lca2011.

Keynote line up thus far

Vint Cerf joins Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, Eric Allman, the original author of Sendmail, co-founder and Chief Scientist of Sendmail, Inc and Mark Pesce, an inventor, writer, educator and broadcaster as confirmed keynote speakers at the conference.

Linux.conf.au 2011 is the largest open source conference in the Southern Hemisphere. Linux.conf.au will be held in Brisbane, Australia at the idyllic waterside Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Gardens Point Campus from 24 ” 29 January 2011.