Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Internet

Join us for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Internet. The event will be opened by the co-inventor of the Internet Dr Vint Cerf and will feature a of series of panels with eminent speakers that will look back at what the Internet has achieved in the last 50 years and focus on the next generation of the Internet and AI. The event will be co-organised by the Royal Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and supported by the Web Science Trust, People-Centered Internet, Digital Enlightenment Forum, The Digital Humanism Initiative, and the Web Science Institute, University of Southampton, UK.


July 15th 2024

  • 14:00 – 20:00 CEST
  • The Royal Society
  • 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
  • This is a hybrid event.
    See description for details.

On This Page

Program (Times in CEST)#

13:30 Doors open
14:00 Welcome from Professor Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton and Web Science Trust and Yannis Ioannidis, President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
14:05 Opening Speech by Dr Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, followed by “in conversation” with Mei Lin Fung, Co-Chair and Founder, People-Centered Internet
14:45 Panel 1: The Internet as an Infrastructure
Professor Sir David Payne, University of Southampton (Chair)
Professor Andrew Ellis, Aston University
Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol
Dr Vint Cerf (respondent)
15:45 Refreshments
16:15 Panel 2: The Internet as a Facilitator of Opportunity
Mei Lin Fung, People-Centered Internet (Chair)
Doreen Bogdan, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union
Maarten Botterman, ICANN
Professor Jim Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Alan Kay, Computer Science Pioneer
Dr Vint Cerf (respondent)
17:15 Panel 3: The Internet and Society
Professor Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton and Web Science Trust (Chair)
Professor Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University
Professor Victoria Nash, Oxford Internet Institute
Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, University of Oxford
Professor Hannes Werthner, Vienna University of Technology
Dr Vint Cerf (respondent)
18:15 Closing remarks from Dr Vint Cerf
18:30 Drinks and canapes reception
20:00 End


You can register for the event here:


If you watch this video, data may be transmitted to third parties.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Internet
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ltF5uWB9Wg0