Ethan Zuckerman

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Ethan Zuckerman
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Ethan Zuckerman
Born 1972/1973 (age 41–42)[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater Williams College (B.A. 1993)
Occupation Media scholar
Spouse(s) Rachel Barenblat
Website
ethanzuckerman.com

Ethan Zuckerman (born 1972 or 1973)[1] is an American media scholar, blogger, and Internet activist. He is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media and the author most recently of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, which won the Zócalo Book Prize.[2]

Education[edit]

Zuckerman is a graduate of Williams College, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy in 1993.[3] 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.[3]

Career[edit]

Zuckerman was one of the first staff members of Tripod.com, 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 which, at that time, marketed content and services to recent college graduates. The business model of this website was exclusively based on advertising. After a major car company, actually an advertiser using this website, freaked out that they had bought a banner ad on a page that celebrated anal sex, Zuckerman decided to imagine a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page. The solution was to open a new dedicated window with only the ad in it: the popup ad was born. While he claims having only written the code to open a new window, since then, he is considered as the popup inventor.[4]

In 2000, he founded Geekcorps[1] and 2004, Global Voices Online.[5]

He won the MIT Technology Review "Technology in the Service of Humanity" award in 2002 for his work on Geekcorps[6] Ethan has been a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he is also a long-time fellow. His work at the Berkman Center has included research into global media attention,[7][8] as well as the co-founding of Global Voices in collaboration with Rebecca MacKinnon. For some years he was also a contributing writer for Worldchanging.com, 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 its list of top global thinkers, in which he stated the Best idea is "The world isn't flat and globalization is only beginning, which means we have time to change what we're doing and get it right".[9] Also in September of that year, he became the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media.[10]

Zuckerman is on the board of directors of Ushahidi,[11] Global Voices,[12] and the Ghanaian journalism training nonprofit, PenPlusBytes.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Zuckerman resides in Lanesborough, Massachusetts with his wife Rachel Barenblat.

Works by Zuckerman[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Boutin, Paul (August 2000). "Visualize World Geeks". Wired (8.08). "Ethan Zuckerman ... the high-energy 27-year-old ..."" 
  2. ^ "Ethan Zuckerman Wins Zócalo’s Fourth Annual Book Prize". Zócalo Public Square. April 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Ethan Zuckerman". Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Zuckerman, Ethan. "Ethan Zuckerman | Berkman Center". Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Retrieved April 22, 2006. 
  6. ^ "2002 TR100". Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Zuckerman, E. (2004). "Global Attention Profiles - A Working Paper: First Steps Towards a Quantitative Approach to the Study of Media Attention". SSRN Electronic Journal. doi:10.2139/ssrn.487943.  edit
  8. ^ Zuckerman, E. (2007). "Meet the bridgebloggers". Public Choice 134: 47–65. doi:10.1007/s11127-007-9200-y.  edit
  9. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. November 28, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ethan Zuckerman, cyberscholar and activist, to lead MIT Center for Civic Media,". MIT News. June 30, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Board of Directors". ushahidi.com. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Board of Directors". globalvoicesonline.org. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "About Penplusbytes: Board of Directors". penplusbytes.org. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 

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