Media Lab Announces New Director

Media Lab Announces New Director

Monday, April 25, 2011

Today the MIT Media Lab announced that Joichi "Joi" Ito will join the Lab as its new director.

An influential thinker, speaker, and seed investor driving the international development of the Internet, Ito is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost writers on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. Through his leadership role in key Internet organizations such as ICANN and Creative Commons, his venture funding, and his advocacy of Internet freedom, he continues to expand his influence worldwide.

His honors include: TIME magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31), selection by the World Economic Forum in 2001 as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow," and Newsweek magazine's "Leaders of The Pack" in 2005. BusinessWeek named him one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Web” in 2008.

Read the full press release from the MIT News Office.