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Internet, Past, Present and Future

Are we really living in a more risky world? What is the most likely future impact of such “risks” on businesses, investment strategies, and society as a whole? The 2005 Symposium explored these topics as well as the shifting burdens of risk and the potential for new risks, both expected and unforeseen. We were fortunate to have two extraordinarily talented scholars and prolific authors participating in this year’s program—Yale’s James Speth, Author of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, and Harvard’s Niall Ferguson, Author of The Cash Nexus, Empire, and Colossus. Both scholars have strong and well-formed perspectives—environmental and political—regarding risk. This  program also included an equally outstanding group of scholar practitioners, including Ed Breen, Tyco’s Chairman and CEO and driver of its remarkable recent turnaround; Julian Robertson, legendary investor/hedge fund industry founder and Chairman/Founder of Tiger Management; and Richard Tadler, Managing Director of TA Associates, a highly successful private equity house specializing in technology firms.

After the symposium, CMIT participants reconvened for a thought-provoking session with Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet. Dr. Cerf presented his views on the evolution of the Internet as well as the risks, challenges and opportunities going forward.


Vinton G. Cerf, Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy, MCI
James Speth, Yale
Niall Ferguson, Harvard
Ed Breen, Chairman & CEO, Tyco
Julian Robertson, Chairman & Founder, Tiger Investment
Richard Tadler, Managing Director, TA Associates