David Clark: Hello. I’m very sor­ry that I have to join you by video. I wish I could be there in per­son to say how delight­ed I am to receive this award. When I start­ed work­ing on the Internet in the mid-1970s, we cer­tain­ly did not imag­ine the future would look the way it does. It’s been a won­der­ful adven­ture with many won­der­ful friends and col­lab­o­ra­tors that’ve made it hap­pen. As we sin­gle out a few of us, it’s impor­tant to remem­ber just how much of a team effort this has been. 

And of course, the adven­ture’s not over. If I can use this moment to make just one point, the future of the Internet today is not defined by tech­nol­o­gists, it is defined by the rich inter­play between tech­nol­o­gy and the larg­er con­text of eco­nom­ic invest­ment, reg­u­la­to­ry the­o­ry, social, cul­tur­al, and polit­i­cal con­cerns. It’s a chal­lenge for the tech­ni­cal com­mu­ni­ty to under­stand these larg­er fac­tors. But they are the ones that’re now dri­ving the future, and that’s where we must go if we hope to have a role shap­ing the future. I still believe the future of the Internet can be shaped by smart peo­ple, and that’s the chal­lenge we should accept. Again, thanks very much and I hope you’re hav­ing a won­der event.

Further Reference

David Clark pro­file, Internet Hall of Fame 2013

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