Jonathan Zittrain is an internationally-known cyberlaw scholar, writer and speaker, who currently teaches at Harvard and Stanford Universities.
Jonathan's main areas of interest include law and policy surrounding the internet, as well as intellectual property, censorship, content control and computer security. He is widely regarded as a leading expert in his field.
On completing a first degree from Yale University in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, he went on to gain a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His recent research includes the study of Internet filtering by national governments, the role of intermediaries as points of control in Internet architecture, and the taxation of Internet commerce.
He is the founder of the H2O Project, which produces simple, unobtrusive but novel tools for use in classrooms, and is co-founder of the Chilling Effects web site, where Google and others report requests that information be censored. He comes to the Oxford Internet Institute from Harvard Law School where he was the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies. At Harvard Law School he co-founded the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He will coordinate a significant research and teaching relationship between the Berkman Centre and the OII, and is the Berkman Visiting Professor at Harvard. Professor Zittrain is a Professorial Fellow of Keble College, which has developed particular interest in computer science and public policy.
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He is co-founder of Chilling Effects, a collaborative archive created to protect lawful online activity from legal threats.
Jonathan Zittrain is a highly confident lecturer and experienced public speaker, who regularly appears as a panellist, keynote speaker, moderator and workshop leader for a multitude of leading organisations and conferences, including Google and the World Economic Forum. Well known for his informative, yet entertaining approach to his subjects, he effortlessly holds audiences with his talks and relaxed, humorous style of delivery.
Jonathan is the author of numerous books including:
- The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It
- Jurisdiction (Internet Law Series)
- Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering
- Technological Complements To Copyright (Internet Law Series)
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