Tech pioneer Vinton G. Cerf, one of the co-creators of the modern Internet, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet Cerf sent out Monday morning. The 76-year-old tweeted out a clip from HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about the U.S. response to the global pandemic
"I tested positive for COVID-19 and am recovering," Cerf tweeted. "Listen to what John Oliver has to say about our national response so far."
Cerf helped create the modern Internet in the 1970s while working at UCLA with other pioneers like Bob Kahn and Leonard Kleinrock. Cerf worked on packet switching for the ARPANET under Kleinrock and TCP/IP protocols with ARPA (now DARPA), the plumbing that makes the Internet function.
Cerf has worked as Google's Chief Internet Evangelist since 2005 and has won numerous awards for his work in technology, including the 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award.
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