Media Lab Director Joi Ito Appointed Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences
New Role Becomes Effective July 1, 2016
Effective July 1, 2016, MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito has been appointed as Professor of the Practice of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT.
Ito, who became director of the Media Lab in September 2011, has had a long career at the vanguard of the Internet and World Wide Web, championing emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom. He helped establish the first Internet service provider (ISP) in Japan, and was involved in establishing many Japanese start-ups, including Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He invested in numerous start-ups such as Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, and Formlabs prior to joining the Media Lab.
He is currently a board member of The New York Times Company, Sony Corporation, Digital Garage, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Web." In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute.
Ito briefly attended Tufts University, majoring in computer science, and the University of Chicago, majoring in physics. He received an honorary D.Litt from The New School in New York City in 2013, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Tufts University in 2015.
His book Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (co-authored with Jeff Howe) is due out in December 2016.