Paul Vixie: Ladies gentlemen, thank you. I spent the first half, let’s say fifteen years of a career, trying to make communications easier. Because I could tell that something like the Internet could become humanity’s collective digital nervous system. And I thought that was a cool thing; I thought that would be great. I’ve spent roughly the second half, another fifteen years, trying to make communication harder, or at least more selective and safer, because of all of the criminals and spammers that we brought with us when we created humanity’s collective digital nervous system.
I stand here, as was mentioned, on the shoulders of giants, at least a dozen of whom I see in the audience before me. I went around when I realized that success was inevitable… Sometime in the last ten years, I went around and I said, “How can I thank you guys?” And they said, “Pay it forward. That’s what we did.” And so that’s what I’m doing. Thank you all for inviting me, and for this award.