I'm Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab. I'm leading the selection committee for the Media Lab's Disobedience Award. Ask me anything!

Hi! I'm Joi Ito. I'm the director of the MIT Media Lab, an advocate for open access, a serial entrepreneur and VC, and I sit on the boards of various organizations. Last year, the MIT Media Lab launched the Disobedience Award: a $250,000, no-strings-attached cash prize in recognition of an extraordinary act of responsible disobedience that impacts society in positive ways. Last year, we gave the first award to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Professor Marc Edwards, who led the whistleblowing efforts in the Flint, Michigan water crisis. We also awarded three finalists $10,000 each and invited them to a panel at the award ceremony. The Media Lab is once again calling for nominations for the Disobedience Award:

I'm here to answer your questions about the award, my views on disobedience, and, of course, anything else.

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