Mr Cerf, known as one of the fathers of the internet, acknowledges that he and co-founder Bob Kahn didn’t think enough about security when they built the framework for the web. He shares a view held by a growing number of experts that the best way to defend against cyberattacks might be to simply start again, with “Internet 2”.
“I would have put a much stronger focus on authenticity or authentication – where did this email come from, what device I am talking to . . . those things are elements that would make a big difference,” Mr Cerf says.
However, that [Facebook] left Cerf bombarded with information about "what these friends were doing" news he conceded "I couldn't care about". He contrasted that with Google's rival Google+ system, which uses a system of 'circles' to allow members to distinguish between different spheres of connection, such as family and work colleagues - which Cerf argued gives people more control over who they share news and personal information with.