Joi Ito's Bio
(Full name is Joichi Ito or 伊藤穰一)
Bio blurb as of July 1, 2017
Joichi "Joi" Ito is an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and focusing on the ethics and governance of technology, tackling complex problems such as climate change and redesigning the systems that support scholarship and science. As director of the MIT Media Lab and a Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, he supports researchers at the Media Lab to deploy design, science and technology such AI, blockchain and synthetic biology to transform society in substantial and positive ways.
Soon after coming to MIT in 2011, Ito introduced mindfulness meditation training to the Media Lab. Together with The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Ito teaches Principles of Awareness, a class devoted to explaining the contribution that awareness and focus can bring to the creativity process.
Ito is a member of the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Visiting Professor of Law from Practice at the Harvard Law School, where he and Professor Jonathan Zittrain teach The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence.
Ito is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and previously served as board chair and chief executive of Creative Commons. He serves on the boards of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The New York Times Company. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage and helped establish and later became CEO of the country's first commercial Internet service provider.
Ito also was an early investor in numerous companies, including Flickr, Last fm, littleBits, Optimus Ride, FormLabs, Kickstarter and Twitter.
In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from The New School in New York City in 2013 and two years later, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Tufts University. In 2017, he received the IRI Medal.
He earned a PhD from Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance in 2018 for his thesis, "The Practice of Change," which is being turned into a book. He serves as a distinguished researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC's Internet and Society Laboratory.
Ito is co-author with Jeff Howe of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, December 2016), and he writes a monthly column for WIRED magazine.
Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab (http://www.media.mit.edu/) as well as a Professor of the Practice of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. He is a Visiting Professor of Law from Practice at the Harvard Law School. He is Chairman of the Board of PureTech Health (LON:PRTC). He is a board member of The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT), The MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage (TYO:4819 http://www.garage.co.jp/). He is an Independent Senior Advisor to the Minister for Financial Services of Japan and a member of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Center of Innovation (COI) STREAM governance committee. He is a Distinguished Researcher of Keio Research Institute and the Internet & Society Lab ( http://www.kri.sfc.keio.ac.jp/en/lab/society.html ) at Shonan Fujisawa Campus in Japan. He is an faculty associate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University ( http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/jito ). He has helped created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early-stage investor in Twitter, Wikia, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, Formlabs and other companies. He maintains a weblog (http://joi.ito.com/) where he regularly shares his thoughts with the online community. He is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, an Emergency First Responder Instructor and a Divers Alert Network (DAN) Instructor Trainer.
Ito received a PhD from The Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance in 2018 for his thesis The Practice of Change.
Ito was listed by Time Magazine as a member of the "Cyber-Elite" in 1997. Ito was listed as one of the 50 "Stars of Asia" by BusinessWeek and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 2000. He was selected by the World Economic Forum in 2001 as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow", chosen by Newsweek as a member of the "Leaders of The Pack" in 2005, and listed by Vanity Fair as a member of "The Next Establishment" in 2007. Ito was named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008. In 2011 he was chosen by Foreign Poicy Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers". In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedom. In 2011 and 2012, Ito was chosen by Nikkei Business as one of the 100 most influential people for the future of Japan. Ito received the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, from The New School in 2013. On March 11, 2014, Ito was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame. Also in 2014, Ito was awarded the Golden Plate Award by the Academy of Achievement. In 2015, Ito was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Tufts University and was ranked #68 on The WorldPost/GDI - Global Thought Leaders Index. In 2016 he was selected as one of the GK100: Boston's 100 Most Influential People of Color and was selected by Wired UK as #44 in the 2016 Wired 100. In 2017, he received the IRI Medal. Ito is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he is the author, with Jeff Howe, of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).
Ito is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
伊藤穰一は、MITメディアラボ所長。MIT Media Arts and Science 実務教授。株式会社デジタルガレージ共同創業者で取締役。PureTech Health取締役会議長。The New York Times、Knight財団、MacArthur財団のボードメンバー。 ソニー株式会社戦略顧問。金融庁参与。金融庁「フィンテック・ベンチャーに関する有識者会議」委員。東京2020（東京オリンピック・パラリンピック競技大会）有識者懇談会委員。慶応義塾大学SFC研究所主席所員。PSINet Japan、デジタルガレージ、Infoseek Japanなど多数のインターネット企業の創業に携わる他、エンジェル投資家としてもこれまでに、 Twitter, Wikia, Flickr, Kickstarter, Path, littleBits, Formlabs 等を初めとする有望ネットベンチャー企業を支援している。2008年米国Business Week誌にて「ネット上で最も影響力のある世界の25人」、2011年米国Foreign Policy誌にて「世界の思想家100人」、2011年、2012年共に日経ビジネス誌にて「次代を創る100人」に選出。2011年英オクスフォード 大学インターネット研究所より特別功労賞受賞。2013年米大学機構The New Schoolより名誉博士号（文学博士）を受位。2014年SXSW(サウスバイサウスウェスト)インタラクティブフェスティバル殿堂入り。2014年米Academy of AchievementよりGolden Plate Award受賞。2015年米タフツ大学より名誉博士号（文学博士）を受位。2017年米Industrial Research InstituteよりIRI Medal受賞。2017年「9プリンシプルズ-加速する未来で勝ち残るために」（早川書房）共著。
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