Intertitle: What are your hopes for the future Internet? Your fears? What action should be tak­en now for the best future?

Elise Gerich: So I real­ly hope that the Internet can con­tin­ue to have con­nec­tiv­i­ty with­out bifur­ca­tion. That we don’t have lit­tle Internets every­where. That was kind of what net­work­ing was before we start­ed the TCP/IP net­work. That you know, you had a DECnet, you had an Energy Sciences Network and you had a NASA Sciences Network. And they did­n’t always com­mu­ni­cate. So the con­nec­tiv­i­ty was kind of chop­py. So I’m real­ly hop­ing for the future that the Internet can con­tin­ue to be this col­lab­o­ra­tive and coop­er­a­tive ven­ture, with open com­mu­ni­ca­tions. And I think some­times pol­i­tics gets in the way. So I hope that the politi­cians will be smart enough not to ruin that.

Further Reference

Internet Hall of Fame pro­file