Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Benedict Cumberbatch and a snazzy Mark Zuckerberg on hand to present the awards for the the Breakthrough Prize, an annual $33 million jackpot awarded to a dozen top scientists, sponsored by Facebook.
The following appeared on Mark Elliot Zuckerberg‘s Facebook page:
The internet works because most people and companies do the same. We work together to create this secure environment and make our shared space even better for the world.
This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.
I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.
So it’s up to us — all of us — to build the internet we want. Together, we can build a space that is greater and a more important part of the world than anything we have today, but is also safe and secure. I’m committed to seeing this happen, and you can count on Facebook to do our part.