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Professor, MIT; Author; Director, MIT Center for Civic Media; Co-Founder, Global Voices

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Ethan Zuckerman is an activist and scholar whose work focuses on the global blogosphere, free expression and social translation in the developing world. He is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media. He teaches at MIT’s Media Lab and MIT’s Comparative Media Studies and Writing program, where he is the associate professor of the practice. He is also the author of “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.”

Prior to joining MIT, Zuckerman was a longtime fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society where he focused his research on the impact of technology on the developing world. His projects included a study of global media attention, research on the use of weblogs and other social software in the developing world, and the use of web 2.0 technologies by activists.

With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded the international blogging community Global Voices. It showcases news and opinions from citizen media in more than 150 nations and 30 languages, publishing editions in 20 languages. Through Global Voices and through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, Zuckerman is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces.

In 2000, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer organization that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously, he helped found Tripod.com, one of the web's first "personal publishing" sites. Zuckerman was given the 2002 Technology in Service of Humanity Award by MIT's Technology Review Magazine and named to the TR100, TR's list of innovators under the age of 35. In 2004, he was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Zuckerman received his bachelor's degree from Williams College, and as a Fulbright scholar, studied at the University of Ghana at Legon. He lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts with his wife Rachel, and serves on the boards of regional and international organizations that focus on technology and education, including on the sub-boards of the Open Society Institute's Information Program and US Program.

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Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

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  • Ethan Zuckerman Acclaimed Digital Media Expert; Author; Director, MIT Center for Civic Media; Co-Founder, Global Voices Inquire About This Speaker Big Ideas Read Less Print This Page Share This Page Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

    We live in an age of connection, one that is accelerated by the Internet. This increasingly ubiquitous, immensely powerful technology often leads us to assume that as the number of people online grows, it inevitably leads to a smaller, more cosmopolitan world. We’ll understand more, we think. We’ll know more. We’ll engage more and share more with people from other cultures. In reality, it is easier to ship bottles of water from Fiji to Atlanta than it is to get news from Tokyo to New York. In this talk, media scholar and activist Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not inevitably lead to increased human connection. At the most basic level, our human tendency to “flock together” means that most of our interactions, online or off, are with a small set of people with whom we have much in common. In examining this fundamental tendency, Zuckerman draws on his own work as well as the latest research in psychology and sociology to consider technology’s role in disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the world. For those who seek a wider picture—one of cognitive diversity—Zuckerman highlights the headway already made, in truly connecting people across cultures. From voracious xenophiles eager to explore other countries to bridge figures who are able to connect one culture to another, people are at the center of his vision for a true kind of cosmopolitanism. And it is people who will shape a new approach to existing technologies, and perhaps invent some new ones, that embrace translation, cross-cultural inspiration, and the search for new, serendipitous experiences. Rich with Zuckerman’s personal experience and wisdom, this presentation offers a map of the social, technical, and policy innovations needed to more tightly connect the world.

  • The Next Billion

    In the next five years, a billion people will log onto the Internet for the first time. They're from Nigeria, China, India, Brazil, and they're building the content of the new 'net, posting photos, videos, and blogs. What are the opportunities and threats of this increasingly polyglot, multicultural, global network, and how can people from developed nations navigate this emerging new world?

  • The World is Talking. Who's Listening?

    Citizen media is changing the world of journalism, turning the news from a lecture into a conversation. In some nations, this conversation is challenging government monopolies on information and creating debates on taboo issues in the absence of a free press. With individuals around the world raising their voices, how is mainstream media amplifying
    • or silencing
    • new voices? How will these voices challenge how we think about globalization, democratization, environmentalism and other multinational issues?

  • The Internet is NOT Flat

    Ten years ago, 70 million people used the internet. There are more than 1.2 billion people online today, and that number is still growing. As projects like One Laptop Per Child come to fruition, we can imagine a future where it's possible to talk to almost anyone, anywhere in the world. Which raises a question: what will we say to one another? Ethan Zuckerman offers a tour of the globalized internet, looking at ways in which Internet users around the world are connecting with one another... and frequently misunderstanding each other. Along the way, we meet Nigerian spammers, Saudi feminists, Tunisian mapmakers, and Chinese gold-farmers, as well as the tools and guides necessary to navigate this growing new world.

  • Activists as Lead Users

    Lead users push tools in directions their manufacturers never intended, finding innovative uses to solve their unique problems. Activists are lead users in the Web 2.0 space, using tools intended for sharing photos and organizing parties to lead street protests and expose dictators. The tools of Web 2.0, while designed for mundane uses, can be extremely powerful in the hands of digital activists, especially those in environments where free speech is limited.

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Ethan Zuckerman

Professor, MIT; Author; Director, MIT Center for Civic Media; Co-Founder, Global Voices

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Ethan Zuckerman Biography

Ethan Zuckerman is an activist and scholar whose work focuses on the global blogosphere, free expression and social translation in the developing world. He is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media. He teaches at MIT’s Media Lab and MIT’s Comparative Media Studies and Writing program, where he is the associate professor of the practice. He is also the author of “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.”

Prior to joining MIT, Zuckerman was a longtime fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society where he focused his research on the impact of technology on the developing world. His projects included a study of global media attention, research on the use of weblogs and other social software in the developing world, and the use of web 2.0 technologies by activists.

With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded the international blogging community Global Voices. It showcases news and opinions from citizen media in more than 150 nations and 30 languages, publishing editions in 20 languages. Through Global Voices and through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, Zuckerman is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces.

In 2000, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer organization that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously, he helped found Tripod.com, one of the web's first "personal publishing" sites. Zuckerman was given the 2002 Technology in Service of Humanity Award by MIT's Technology Review Magazine and named to the TR100, TR's list of innovators under the age of 35. In 2004, he was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Zuckerman received his bachelor's degree from Williams College, and as a Fulbright scholar, studied at the University of Ghana at Legon. He lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts with his wife Rachel, and serves on the boards of regional and international organizations that focus on technology and education, including on the sub-boards of the Open Society Institute's Information Program and US Program.

Ethan Zuckerman Videos

  • Ethan Zuckerman Keynote
  • Ethan Zuckerman Keynote Speech – Future of Speech Online 2018
    Ethan Zuckerman, of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, gave a keynote address entitled "We Make the Media," at the #FOSO18 #futureofspeech annual...
  • Ethan Zuckerman: How to listen to global voices
    http://www.ted.com Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist...

Ethan Zuckerman Books

Ethan Zuckerman Speaking Topics

  • Ethan Zuckerman Acclaimed Digital Media Expert; Author; Director, MIT Center for Civic Media; Co-Founder, Global Voices Inquire About This Speaker Big Ideas Read Less Print This Page Share This Page Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

    We live in an age of connection, one that is accelerated by the Internet. This increasingly ubiquitous, immensely powerful technology often leads us to assume that as the number of people online grows, it inevitably leads to a smaller, more cosmopolitan world. We’ll understand more, we think. We’ll know more. We’ll engage more and share more with people from other cultures. In reality, it is easier to ship bottles of water from Fiji to Atlanta than it is to get news from Tokyo to New York. In this talk, media scholar and activist Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not inevitably lead to increased human connection. At the most basic level, our human tendency to “flock together” means that most of our interactions, online or off, are with a small set of people with whom we have much in common. In examining this fundamental tendency, Zuckerman draws on his own work as well as the latest research in psychology and sociology to consider technology’s role in disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the world. For those who seek a wider picture—one of cognitive diversity—Zuckerman highlights the headway already made, in truly connecting people across cultures. From voracious xenophiles eager to explore other countries to bridge figures who are able to connect one culture to another, people are at the center of his vision for a true kind of cosmopolitanism. And it is people who will shape a new approach to existing technologies, and perhaps invent some new ones, that embrace translation, cross-cultural inspiration, and the search for new, serendipitous experiences. Rich with Zuckerman’s personal experience and wisdom, this presentation offers a map of the social, technical, and policy innovations needed to more tightly connect the world.

  • The Next Billion

    In the next five years, a billion people will log onto the Internet for the first time. They're from Nigeria, China, India, Brazil, and they're building the content of the new 'net, posting photos, videos, and blogs. What are the opportunities and threats of this increasingly polyglot, multicultural, global network, and how can people from developed nations navigate this emerging new world?

  • The World is Talking. Who's Listening?

    Citizen media is changing the world of journalism, turning the news from a lecture into a conversation. In some nations, this conversation is challenging government monopolies on information and creating debates on taboo issues in the absence of a free press. With individuals around the world raising their voices, how is mainstream media amplifying
    • or silencing
    • new voices? How will these voices challenge how we think about globalization, democratization, environmentalism and other multinational issues?

  • The Internet is NOT Flat

    Ten years ago, 70 million people used the internet. There are more than 1.2 billion people online today, and that number is still growing. As projects like One Laptop Per Child come to fruition, we can imagine a future where it's possible to talk to almost anyone, anywhere in the world. Which raises a question: what will we say to one another? Ethan Zuckerman offers a tour of the globalized internet, looking at ways in which Internet users around the world are connecting with one another... and frequently misunderstanding each other. Along the way, we meet Nigerian spammers, Saudi feminists, Tunisian mapmakers, and Chinese gold-farmers, as well as the tools and guides necessary to navigate this growing new world.

  • Activists as Lead Users

    Lead users push tools in directions their manufacturers never intended, finding innovative uses to solve their unique problems. Activists are lead users in the Web 2.0 space, using tools intended for sharing photos and organizing parties to lead street protests and expose dictators. The tools of Web 2.0, while designed for mundane uses, can be extremely powerful in the hands of digital activists, especially those in environments where free speech is limited.

FAQs on booking Ethan Zuckerman

  • How to book Ethan Zuckerman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ethan Zuckerman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ethan Zuckerman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ethan Zuckerman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ethan Zuckerman?

    Booking fees for Ethan Zuckerman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ethan Zuckerman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ethan Zuckerman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ethan Zuckerman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ethan Zuckerman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ethan Zuckerman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ethan Zuckerman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ethan Zuckerman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ethan Zuckerman for your event is available upon request. Ethan Zuckerman generally travels from MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gary Vaynerchuk, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, Max Levchin and Jason Fried. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ethan Zuckerman for an upcoming event.

Ethan Zuckerman Speaker Videos

  • Ethan Zuckerman Keynote
    Ethan Zuckerman Keynote Speech – Future of Speech Online 2018
    Ethan Zuckerman, of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, gave a keynote address entitled "We Make the Media," at the #FOSO18 #futureofspeech annual event. He is introduced by CDT's Emma Llansó, our...
  • Ethan Zuckerman: How to listen to global voices
    http://www.ted.com Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of...
    Ethan Zuckerman, "Digital Cosmopolitans" | Talks at Google ...
  • Ethan Zuckerman
    Open Up 2016: Visioning The Future - YouTube

Ethan Zuckerman Speaking Topics

  • Ethan Zuckerman Acclaimed Digital Media Expert; Author; Director, MIT Center for Civic Media; Co-Founder, Global Voices Inquire About This Speaker Big Ideas Read Less Print This Page Share This Page Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

    We live in an age of connection, one that is accelerated by the Internet. This increasingly ubiquitous, immensely powerful technology often leads us to assume that as the number of people online grows, it inevitably leads to a smaller, more cosmopolitan world. We’ll understand more, we think. We’ll know more. We’ll engage more and share more with people from other cultures. In reality, it is easier to ship bottles of water from Fiji to Atlanta than it is to get news from Tokyo to New York. In this talk, media scholar and activist Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not inevitably lead to increased human connection. At the most basic level, our human tendency to “flock together” means that most of our interactions, online or off, are with a small set of people with whom we have much in common. In examining this fundamental tendency, Zuckerman draws on his own work as well as the latest research in psychology and sociology to consider technology’s role in disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the world. For those who seek a wider picture—one of cognitive diversity—Zuckerman highlights the headway already made, in truly connecting people across cultures. From voracious xenophiles eager to explore other countries to bridge figures who are able to connect one culture to another, people are at the center of his vision for a true kind of cosmopolitanism. And it is people who will shape a new approach to existing technologies, and perhaps invent some new ones, that embrace translation, cross-cultural inspiration, and the search for new, serendipitous experiences. Rich with Zuckerman’s personal experience and wisdom, this presentation offers a map of the social, technical, and policy innovations needed to more tightly connect the world.

  • The Next Billion

    In the next five years, a billion people will log onto the Internet for the first time. They're from Nigeria, China, India, Brazil, and they're building the content of the new 'net, posting photos, videos, and blogs. What are the opportunities and threats of this increasingly polyglot, multicultural, global network, and how can people from developed nations navigate this emerging new world?

  • The World is Talking. Who's Listening?

    Citizen media is changing the world of journalism, turning the news from a lecture into a conversation. In some nations, this conversation is challenging government monopolies on information and creating debates on taboo issues in the absence of a free press. With individuals around the world raising their voices, how is mainstream media amplifying
    • or silencing
    • new voices? How will these voices challenge how we think about globalization, democratization, environmentalism and other multinational issues?

  • The Internet is NOT Flat

    Ten years ago, 70 million people used the internet. There are more than 1.2 billion people online today, and that number is still growing. As projects like One Laptop Per Child come to fruition, we can imagine a future where it's possible to talk to almost anyone, anywhere in the world. Which raises a question: what will we say to one another? Ethan Zuckerman offers a tour of the globalized internet, looking at ways in which Internet users around the world are connecting with one another... and frequently misunderstanding each other. Along the way, we meet Nigerian spammers, Saudi feminists, Tunisian mapmakers, and Chinese gold-farmers, as well as the tools and guides necessary to navigate this growing new world.

  • Activists as Lead Users

    Lead users push tools in directions their manufacturers never intended, finding innovative uses to solve their unique problems. Activists are lead users in the Web 2.0 space, using tools intended for sharing photos and organizing parties to lead street protests and expose dictators. The tools of Web 2.0, while designed for mundane uses, can be extremely powerful in the hands of digital activists, especially those in environments where free speech is limited.

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