Vinton Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, wins Catalonia International Prize
Government of Catalonia awards Google vice president for contributing to make internet "an open network for everyone"
Vinton Cerf, widely regarded as one of the fathers of the internet, has won the 30th Catalan International Prize.
The Catalan government awarded the vice president of Google for "his contribution both from a technological and a cultural point of view to the development of the internet as a basic infrastructure for society while making sure it is an open network for everyone."
Past awarded figures include Cousteau, Havel, Lessing, and Malala
He is the first technologist to receive this prize, with other awarded figures including the philosopher Karl Popper, the oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the politician Václav Havel, and the writer Doris Lessing, and the activist Malala Yousafzai.
It is also due to a historic debt that those who love the language and the country, now award him with this Catalonia International Prize"
Marcel Sanromà · Jury member of the Catalonia International Prize
Cerf will receive the award in a ceremony on March 25 at 7pm in Barcelona. He was chosen out of 109 bids coming from some 50 countries.
Cerf authorized the domain '.cat'
During the event to announce the recipient of the prize, a jury member praised that was the chairman of the board of directors when the relevant organization approved the domain ending '.cat' (used for websites in Catalan).
"Despite all kinds of pressure, as you can imagine, he acted with total impartiality," said jury member Manel Sanromà.
"Apart from being a world-renowned dignitary, it is also due to a historic debt that those who love the language and the country, now award him with this Catalonia International Prize."