«The history of the Internet has taught us the enormous potential for the open communication of human intelligence.»
The Internet Biographer. Presidente de la Internet Society (ISOC-ES)
Born in Sant Feliu (Girona, Spain) in 1969
Telecom Engineer ('91) and Electronic Engineer ('93), Andreu Veà has an MBA in IT Management. He had his first computer (with 3KB memory) at the age of twelve, and his first international computer network experience dates from 1986. Since 1992, he has had the word Internet on his business card, working in the private sector, in public administration, and at the university, where he has shared his knowledge with several generations of engineers. He discovered the magic power of the net early on, contributing to the local development of the incipient Spanish market in the mid '90s, providing first-time connections to many companies and individuals. He co-founded the 4th Spanish Internet Service Provider (ISP) in 1994.
Great defender of the methods and uses of the Internet
In early 1998 the new telco Retevisión-Auna recruited him to launch their own ISP (iddeo). There he designed the technical system that allowed this network operator to offer the first free access to the Internet and a year later the first flat telephone rate in Spain, doubling the base of Internet users in the country in less than a year.
He is a great defender of the methods and uses of the Internet, antagonistic to the "classic PTT-telco way." He promoted and presided over ESPANIX (the Neutral Internet eXchange) and the installation in Madrid and Barcelona of one of the 13 DNS global root servers.
After his doctoral dissertation thesis on the technology, history, and social structure of the Internet (which for 8 years was one of the top 25 most downloaded, 260,000 copies), he was invited by Vint Cerf (one of the "fathers of the Internet") to continue his original research at Stanford University (California, USA), from which he launched the international research program WiWiW.org.
Elected (unique European) to the advisory board of the Internet Hall of Fame
Nowadays he contributes to the launching and soft-landing of technology-based companies in Silicon Valley. He has been elected as Eminent Expert for Spain on the Grand Jury at the UNESCO's World Summit Awards (Global Awards for mobile apps).
He is the founder and current President of the Internet Society (ISOC¬ES) and is the only European to be selected to serve on the advisory board of the Internet Hall of Fame.
Future challenges? Principally two: to help connect the next 5 billion inhabitants of the earth to the Internet and to improve the quality of life of people in the less favored areas of the planet through the intensive, pervasive and nomadic use of the Internet.
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