50th Anniversary of the Internet

We would like to invite you to join us for a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Internet on 15th July 2024 at The Royal Society, London. 

We are pleased to have the inventor of the Internet, Dr Vint Cerf, opening the event, followed by a series of panels with eminent speakers that will look back at what the Internet has achieved in the last fifty years and focus on the next generation of the Internet and AI.

The event will take place in-person at Royal Society, 9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG and a livestream link will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

For those attending in person, there will be a drinks and canapes reception to close.

Please confirm your attendance by registering online here.


  • The Internet as an Infrastructure – Chaired by Sir David Payne, Professor of Photonics, University of Southampton, UK
  • The Internet as a Facilitator of Opportunity – Chaired by Mei Lin Fung, Chair and Co-founder of People-Centered Internet
  • The Internet and Society – Chaired by Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton and Trustee of the Web Science Trust.

Accessibility is a priority to the Royal Society, and we will accommodate accessibility requests where possible. Please notify us of accessibility requests as soon as possible and no later than 8th July 2024.

The event will be live-captioned.

Loop hearing devices are available upon request.

There are four steps from street level to the doorway.

There is a wheelchair lift at the entrance which is operable by reception staff. Please use the buzzer to the right of the entrance steps.

There are a limited number of parking spaces immediately outside the front door which may be booked in advance by visitors with a Blue Badge disabled parking permit.

For all enquiries relating to the venue, please contact publicengagement@royalsociety.org.

For anything else, please email: WSI@soton.ac.uk 

The event will be co-organised by The Royal Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and supported by the Web Science Trust, People-Centered Internet, Digital Enlightenment Forum, The Digital Humanism Initiative, and the Web Science Institute, University of Southampton, UK.

The event is ongoing.