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Back in the 1970s, Vint Cerf was one of the engineers working on ARPANet, the early military predecessor to the internet, and consequently he's often referred to as one of the founders of the internet. These days, the decidedly father-figure-esque Cerf still cares about the network he helped create -- specifically, saving digital information for posterity.

They say that success has many parents but failure is an orphan. Judged by that standard -- or any other -- the internet is a success. Al Gore invented it. Tim Berners-Lee got a knighthood out of it. Everyone was using it before it was cool. But only two men have ever borne the title "Father of the Internet". One is the late computer scientist Bob Kahn. The other is Vint Cerf.

If it weren't for the fact that Vint Cerf was the grandaddy of the internet, people might be pointing and laughing at him. In a TED discussion panel last night, about how technology is being used to communicate with animals, Cerf spoke freely about an internet that connects humans with animals and aliens.

Vint Cerf is a smart man. He also knows a lot about the Internet, which isn't surprising considering he helped create it. So when he tells the Internet Society of Australia that he is "envious" of the Government's push for a national broadband network, it's probably a voice worth paying attention to.