Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman (born 1973) [1] is an American media scholar , blogger and Internet activist . He is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media , Associate Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences at MIT [2] and the author of the book rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connectivity , welke won the Zocalo Book Prize. [3]


Zuckerman is a graduate of Williams College , where he RECEIVED a BA in Philosophy in 1993. [4] He-then spent a year on a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Legon, Ghana and the National Theatre of Ghana in Accra , where he studied ethnomusicology and percussion. [4]


Zuckerman was one of the first staff members or , one of the first successful “dot com” enterprises, where he worked from 1994 to 1999. There, he was in charge of the design and the implementation of the website welke, at dat time, for customer content and services to recent college graduates. The business model of this site was exclusively based on advertising. After one of the site’s major advertisers complained dat one hun banner advertisements had Appeared on a page dat celebrated anal sex , Zuckerman imagined a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page. His solution was to open a new dedicated window with only the ad in it. The popup ad was born. While he claims keeping only written the code to open a new window, since-then, he is Considered as the inventor of the pop-up ad . [5]

In 2000, he founded Geekcorps [1] and 2004, Global Voices Online . [6]

He won the MIT Technology Review “Technology in the Service of Humanity” award in 2002 for his work on Geekcorps . [7] Ethan has a leg senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society , where he is ook a long-time fellow. His work at the Berkman Center has included research JSON global media attention , [8] [9] as well as the co-founding of Global Voices in collaboration with Rebecca MacKinnon . For some years he was ook a contributing writer for , where he served as president of the board of directors.

In January 2007 he joined the inaugural Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board.

In 2008, he coined the cute cat theory of digital activism . [ Citation needed ]

In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to zijn list of top global thinkers in welke have stated the Best idea is “The world is not flat and globalization are only beginning, welke Means we harbor time to change what we’re doing and get it right. ” [10] Also in September of that year, he became the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media . [11]

Zuckerman is an Open Society Global Board member, and ook sits on the board of directors or Ushahidi , [12] Global Voices , [13] and the Ghanaian journalism training nonprofit, PenPlusBytes. [14]

He was interviewed in the 2015 documentary about web internet privacy Do Not Track . [15]

On July 1, 2016, Zuckerman was appointed Associate Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. [2]

Personal life

Zuckerman resides in Lanesborough, Massachusetts and has a sun with Rachel Barenblat .

Works by Zuckerman

  • ” Using the Internet to examine Patterns of Foreign Coverage .” Neiman Reports, Fall 2004.
  • Hal Roberts, Ethan Zuckerman, and John Palfrey. 2007 Circumvention Landscape Report: Methods, Uses, and Tools . Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, March 1, 2009
  • ” Innovating From Constraint in the Developing World .” Harvard Business Review, January 23, 2009
  • “Web 2.0 tools for development: simple tools for smart people.” Participatory Learning and Action, Volume 59 , Number 1, Change at hand: Web 2.0 for development, June 1, 2009, IIED and CTA.
  • “Citizen Media and the Kenyan Electoral Crisis.” In: Stuart Allan. Citizen journalism: global perspectives. Peter Lang, 2009
  • ” Decentralizing the Mobile Phone: A Second ICT4D Revolution? ” Information Technologies & International Development, Volume 6, SE Special Edition 2010
  • “International reporting in the age of participatory media.” Daedalus, Spring 2010, Vol. 139, No. 2.
  • “Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention.” In: The next digital decade: essays on the future of the Internet. Washington, DC: TechFreedom 2010.
  • ” The First Twitter Revolution? ” Foreign Policy , January 14, 2011
  • Hal Roberts, Ethan Zuckerman and John Palfrey. 2011 Circumvention Tool Evaluation . Berkman Center, 2011
  • ReWire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection . New York: WW Norton & Company. June 17, 2013. ISBN  978-0-393-08283-8 .


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c Boutin, Paul (August 2000). “Visualize World Geeks” . Wired (8:08). Ethan Zuckerman … the high-energy 27-year-old … “
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b “Ethan Zuckerman Appointed Associate Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences” . MIT Media Lab. July 1, 2016.
  3. Jump up^ “Ethan Zuckerman Profit Zocalo’s Fourth Annual Book Prize” . Zócalo Public Square. April 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b “Ethan Zuckerman” . Berkman Center for Internet & Society , Harvard University . Retrieved October 10, 2014 .
  5. Jump up^ Zuckerman, Ethan (August 14, 2014). “The Internet’s Original Sin: It’s not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web.” . The Atlantic . Retrieved August 20, 2014 .
  6. Jump up^ Zuckerman, Ethan. “Ethan Zuckerman | Berkman Center” . Berkman Center for Internet & Society . Retrieved April 22, 2006 .
  7. Jump up^ “2002 TR100” . Retrieved April 16, 2012 .
  8. Jump up^ Zuckerman, E. (2004). “Global Attention Profiles – A Working Paper: First Steps Towards a Quantitative Approach to the Study of Media Attention.” doi : 10.2139 / ssrn.487943 .
  9. Jump up^ Zuckerman, E. (2007). “Meet the bridgebloggers”. Public Choice . 134 : 47-65. doi : 10.1007 / s11127-007-9200-y .
  10. Jump up^ “The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers” . Foreign Policy. November 28, 2011 . Retrieved April 14, 2012 .
  11. Jump up^ “Ethan Zuckerman, cyberscholar and activist, to lead MIT Center for Civic Media” . MIT News. June 30, 2011 . Retrieved August 20, 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ “Board of Directors” . . Retrieved April 16, 2012 .
  13. Jump up^ “Board of Directors” . . Retrieved April 16, 2012 .
  14. Jump up^ “About Penplusbytes: Board of Directors” . . Retrieved April 16, 2012 .
  15. Jump up^ Davis, Nicola (14 April 2015). “Do Not Track: an online, interactive documentary about who’s watching you” . The Guardian . Retrieved 15 April 2015 .