The internet's 'father' says it was born with two big flaws

Business Insider | 1/20/2019 | Troy Wolverton
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Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the internet, said the network had two big flaws when he launched it.

The internet didn't have room for all the devices that would eventually be connected to it, said Cerf, now Google's chief internet evangelist.

Security - Protocols

It also didn't have any built-in security protocols.

Even though both shortcomings proved problematic, Cerf's not certain he would have fixed them if he had to do it all over again.

Internet - Worldwide

The internet was born flawed. But if it hadn't been, it might not have grown into the worldwide phenomenon it's become.

That's the take of Vint Cerf, and if anyone would know, it's him. He's widely considered to be one of the fathers of the international network and helped officially launch it in 1983.

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When the internet debuted, Cerf, who is now a vice president at Google and its chief internet evangelist, basically didn't set aside enough room to handle all the devices that would eventually be connected to it. Perhaps even more troubling, he and his collaborators didn't build into the network a way of securing data that was transmitted over it.

You might chalk up the lack of room on the internet, which was later corrected with a system-wide upgrade, to a lack of vision. When Cerf was helping to set up the internet, it was simple experiment, and he couldn't really imagine it getting as large as it became.

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The security flaw, on the other hand, can be chalked up, at least in part, to simple expediency, Cerf said in a recent interview with Business Insider.

"I had been working on this for five years," he said. "I wanted to get it built and tested to see if we could make it work."

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