IEEE Milestone Celebration | 50 Years of the Internet

Celebrate the Internet’s 50th anniversary! 

On 19 May 2024, 1,000 IEEE members and other internet enthusiasts from 56 countries participated in i50: A virtual celebration of 50 years of the internet. This live-streamed event featured speakers including IEEE Life Fellows Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn, fathers of the internet; Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece; Amandeep Singh Gill, United Nations Envoy on Technology; Fei Fei Li, considered the Godmother of AI; Thomas Coughlin, 2024 IEEE President and CEO; and Sophia Muirhead, IEEE Executive Director and COO.

Hosted by People Centered Internet (PCI) Fellows Kate Wilson and David Kirkpatrick, the 19 May live-stream on was part of a Triple Milestone series held on 17, 19, and 20 May.  The three events drew over 1,700 participants. 

Come and explore the content from all three events on-demand here in the Internet Milestone Showcase on the Internet’s humble beginnings and the important contributions of IEEE! View the on-demand videos and Watch Vint Cerf and other luminaries celebrate this milestone by exploring what is next in the evolution of the internet. Technical innovators and global leaders discuss historic breakthroughs and contemplate what it will take to create a people-centric future, where the Internet benefits all of humanity. 

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IEEE Milestone Celebration |The Office of The Future

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