Google has hired internet "founding father" and pioneer Vint Cerf to be the company's first "chief internet evangelist." His job seems to be to help build Google leadership within the internet community, plus it's said that Cerf will help Google "build network infrastructure, architectures, systems, and standards for the next generation of Internet applications." You can expect that to further fuel the idea that Google is constructing what Om Malik has termed a GoogleNet of univesal internet access. More details on the appointment from Google here.
Postscript - Some further press coverage:
- 'Father of Internet' returns to roots with new Google job from the San Jose
Mercury News on Cerf coming aboard in early October, taking with him his chief of staff at MCI, where he's president of technology strategy. He says he wants to get more
involved again in developing applications.
- Cerf's Up for Google at BusinessWeek has some further speculation on how Cerf
may fit into Google's plans to to into internet access and telecommunications.
- Internet Pioneer Vinton Cerf Joins Google from the AP says Cerf will remain chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees domain names.