Joi Ito

Joichi “Joi” Ito is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, writer and scholar focusing on the ethics and governance of technology. As an activist, he works to tackle complex problems such as climate change and societal inequity and redesign the systems of scholarship and science. He served as director of the MIT Media Lab from 2011 to 2019. Ito was chairman of the board of PureTech Health and was previously the board chair and chief executive of Creative Commons. He has served on other boards, including at The New York Times Company, Sony Corporation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), The Mozilla Foundation, The Open Source Initiative, and The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). Ito is co-author with Jeff Howe of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, December 2016).