Vint Cerf, who helped create the internet, has the coronavirus

Vint Cerf, who helped create the internet, has the coronavirus

Vinton Cerf

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Vint Cerf is one of the internet's founding fathers.

  • Vint Cerf, the American computer scientist widely credited with co-creating the internet, has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Cerf, who currently serves as Google's chief internet evangelist, announced the news in a tweet Monday in which he said he was "recovering" from the disease.
  • Numerous tech industry figures replied to the tweet with well-wishes, including several Google employees, while the DARPA's official Twitter account also wished him a speedy recovery.
  • Along with fellow computer scientist Bob Kahn, the 76-year-old created the protocols fundamental to the modern internet.
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Vint Cerf, the 76-year-old American computer scientist widely credited with co-creating the internet, has tested positive for COVID-19.
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Cerf, who has worked for Google since 2005 and currently serves as its chief internet evangelist, announced the news in a tweet Monday.
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"I tested positive for COVID-19 and am recovering," it read.

In the tweet, Cerf also linked to a video of comedian John Oliver, in which the "Last Week Tonight" host criticized Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

 
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Numerous tech industry figures replied to the tweet with well-wishes, including the senior vice president at Google AI, Jeff Dean, and Julia Ferraioli, a senior developer advocate for Google Cloud Platform.

The Twitter account of one of Cerf's earliest employers, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also wished him a quick return to full health.Along with fellow computer scientist Bob Kahn, Cerf wrote the protocols that would lay the groundwork for the modern internet.
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Known for his unusually formal attire - unusual in the tech industry, at least - Cerf has since worked in numerous roles, both advisory and humanitarian.

Startlingly, he has also warned that a century's worth of digital content like photos and emails could be lost if the programs needed to view them become defunct.

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