At the Gov 2.0 Summit, Vinton Cerf of Google, Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, and Facebook's Tim Sparapani discuss how their respective Internet companies provide an open platform on which independent developers can create value online through innovative products and services.
Vinton G. Cerf
Vint Cerf is a living legend in the tech world. In 2004, with Robert Kahn, he received the Alan M. Turing Award, the highest professional honor in computing, in recognition of their visionary
work and leadership in the development of the Internet. Other honors, again with Robert Kahn, include the US National Medal of Technology, the Japan Prize, and the Presidential Medal of
Freedom. He was the founding president of the Internet Society and served as chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers from 2000 to 2007.
Before joining Google in 2005, Cerf was a senior vice presidentat MCI and a vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. He began his career at IBM and UCLA. He joined the faculty of Stanford University where he co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and network architecture of the Internet. From 1976 to 1982, he was a principal scientist at DARPA, where he managed the Internet and packet communications research programs. He joined MCI in 1982, where he helped develop the commercial MCI Mail service. Cerf has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the International
Jack Dorsey is a software architect and businessperson best known as the creator and chairman of Twitter. Dorsey is also the CEO of Square. MIT's Technology Review named him (in the Technology Review 35(TR35)) as an outstanding innovator under the age of 35.
John Markoff is a senior correspondent for the science desk of The New York Times since December 2008. Mr. Markoff, who joined The Times in March 1988, had previously been a reporter for the business section, where he covered Silicon Valley.
Tim Sparapani is the Director of Public Policy at Facebook. Sparapani is responsible for developing and implementing the company's interaction with the federal, state and local governments and with opinion and policy makers.
Sparapani's specialty is privacy and constitutional law. Prior to joining Facebook, Sparapani was Senior Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped advance the constitutional principle of the right to privacy, representing the ACLU before Congress, the Executive Branch and before the media. For the more than four years preceding his time at the ACLU, Sparapani served as an Associate at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro where he helped clients navigate interconnecting constitutional, statutory, political and policy challenges.
Sparapani holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the law school at the University of Michigan.