CEA Honors Internet Inventor, Congressmen as Digital Patriots
At its sixth annual Digital Patriots Dinner in Washington Wednesday night, the Consumer Electronics Association honored a pair of Congressmen, as well as the Google "Internet evangelist" who was one of the Internet's founding fathers.
At the event, held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium on the National Mall, CEA handed Digital Patriots honors to Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Vint Cerf, the computer scientist who played a major role in the development of TCP/IP technology, and later in the first-ever commercial email system.
CEA President/CEO Gary Shapiro, in his opening remarks, emphasized free trade and other CEA priorities, while also marking the first anniversary of CEA's Innovation Movement, which has over 60,000 members. He also praised American creativity, which he called "our own special sauce."