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Ethan Zuckerman

I'm an activist, blogger and geek, living in Western Massachusetts and working as director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. I previously worked as a research fellow at the Berkman Center. As co-founder of Global Voices, I'm interested in ways that citizen's media can address longstanding biases in the news media. Before working at the Berkman, I helped found Geekcorps, a non-profit organization that shipped geeks to the developing world to run Internet technology trainings. Prior to that, I was part of the team that founded Tripod, one of the early online community companies. When not blogging, researching or making trouble, I help out with Worldchanging, Open Society Institute's Information Program and other fun technology and development projects. My personal blog is “My Heart's in Accra…”

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Latest posts by Ethan Zuckerman

30 January 2015

As a Drone Captures Global Voices at 10, a Few Thoughts from Cebu

The Bridge

I was blogging and tweeting frenetically, trying to capture the conversations in panels and halls, soaking up as much news and perspective as I could from friends around the world.

15 August 2014

An American Bluegrass Band Woos Nigerian Audiences With Their Rendition of P-Square's Chop My Money

The Bridge

How did a Chicago bluegrass band that plays bars and festivals in the U.S. find itself performing in the living room of the US deputy consul in Abuja, Nigeria?

31 July 2014

“The Zone 9 Bloggers Are Writing From the Outer Ring of the Prison, the Nation Itself”

Global Voices Advocacy

The charges against the bloggers give a sense of what the Ethiopian government is fighting: dissent, not terror.

5 July 2010

Global Voices Announces Investment from Omidyar Network

I'm thrilled to announce that the Omidyar Network has made a $1.2 million investment in Global Voices's work. Omidyar is a philanthropic foundation created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and...

24 September 2009

Harvard Forum – Faith and focus

The Future of ICT for Development

Ethan's final live-blog post from the Harvard Forum about internet and communications technology ICT for development with concluding thoughts from several participants.

Harvard Forum – What do we need to know?

The Future of ICT for Development

Today's conversation starts with discussions of “knowledge gaps”, open questions we need to answer through research so we can understand what's succeeding and failing in our field.

Harvard Forum: ICT4D and, and, and

The Future of ICT for Development

Ethan brings the live-blog from day one to a close after questions and lively discussion with conclusion from Mike Best who suggests there's no way to summarize these discussions… with...

23 September 2009

Harvard Forum: Are we satisfied with what we've got?

The Future of ICT for Development

The live-blogging continues, as Michael Spence helps identify questions that are top research priorities for the ICT for development field with input from Yochai Benkler, Rohan Samarajiva, Hernan Galperin, Alison...

Harvard Forum: the complex world of ICT and gender

The Future of ICT for Development

The live-blog continues with panel presentations on ICT for development by Clotilde Fonseca, Sabri Saidam, Ineke Buskens, Nancy Spence, and Ethan Zuckerman.

Harvard Forum: Markets, Mobiles and the ability to make culture

The Future of ICT for Development

The live-blog continues with panel presentations on ICT for development by Ronaldo Lemos, Anita Gurumurthy, Ophelia Mascarenhas, and Lawrence Liang.

Update from the Harvard Forum on ICT4D

The Future of ICT for Development

Ethan Zuckerman and Jen Brea from Global Voices are live-blogging a conversation today and tomorrow at Harvard on the future of information and communication technology and development (ICT4D) hosted by...

29 December 2008

Ghana: Waiting for a President

On December 7, Ghanaians came to the polls to elect a President, but a runoff was necessary. While waiting for the results of that second round that took place yesterday,...

17 July 2008

Global Voices introduces Executive Director, Ivan Sigal

We're thrilled to announce that Ivan Sigal has joined Global Voices as Executive Director. Ivan comes to us from the US Institute of Peace, where he's been researching citizen media...

16 November 2007

Hiring: Global Voices seeks an Executive Director

The new board of directors of Global Voices met this week and decided it was time for an exciting step: hiring an executive director for Global Voices. Believe it or...

6 March 2007

Global Voices is seeking an Outreach Director

Global Voices is seeking a full-time Outreach Director. The outreach director will coordinate Global Voices's efforts in promoting blogging, podcasting, videocasting, photoblogging and other forms of citizen media throughout the...

14 January 2007

Global Voices is hiring an advocacy director

Global Voices (globalvoicesonline.org) is seeking a part-time Advocacy Director. The advocacy director will coordinate Global Voices's efforts in supporting online freedom of expression. This will include responsibility for building online...

17 December 2006

GV Summit Delhi ‘06 Session Three: Language and Translation

David Sasaki has put together a remarkable session on translation at the Global Voices conference. It begins with a conversation led by John “Feng 37″ Kennedy in Chinese between the...

6 November 2006

24-hour demonstration against Internet censorship

Our friends at Reporters without Borders (often called “RSF” – Reporters sans Frontières) are organizing an online demonstration against Internet censorship, beginning tomorrow at 11am (Paris time) and continuing until...

14 April 2006

Petition Hu Jintao for Global Voices editor Hao Wu's release

Many Global Voices readers have asked what they can do to hasten our friend and colleage Hao Wu's release from detention in Beijing. Hundreds of you have put badges on...

Announcing Our Alliance with Reuters

We're thrilled to announce an alliance between Global Voices and global media company, Reuters. Reuters has been supporting Global Voices efforts since late last year, when they hosted our annual...

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