Profile

Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and Co-Founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and as part of the OpenNet Initiative co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American.  He has served as a Trustee of the Internet Society, and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader, and as Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, where he previously chaired the Open Internet Advisory Committee. A complete list of his works may be found at www.jz.org.

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, October 2008 –
  • Director of Graduate Studies, September 2005 – September 2008
  • Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, September 2005 – September 2008
  • Research Associate, July 2018 –

Past projects

  • Internet Governance

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Professor Ian Brown, Desiree Miloshevic

    A programme of seminars, forums and conferences informing our research on Internet governance.

  • StopBadWare.org

    Participants: Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    A leading independent authority on trends in badware and its distribution, and a focal point for the development of collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware. The main focus is on research and public education.

  • Networks for Web Science

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Professor Yorick Wilks, Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Wendy Hall

    Establishing networks of researchers from different technical and social science research disciplines to begin to develop a Web Science research agenda through the exchange of PhD students and collaborative workshops.

  • OpenNet Initiative: state-sponsored filtering of the Internet

    Participants: Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    The Open Net Initiative aims to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices, uncovering the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and helping to inform better public policy and advocacy work.

Publications

Books

Conference papers

Journal articles

Other

Working papers

Videos

  • The Future of the Internet: Private Sheriffs in Cyberspace

    Recorded: 19 May 2009

    Duration: 01:10:29

    Jonathan Zittrain discusses the ways in which online life will be regulated largely by people and institutions bearing no badges or government affiliation. Do private sheriffs help avoid cumbersome and ill-considered government intervention?

  • Book Launch for Jonathan Zittrain’s “The Future of the Internet”

    Recorded: 24 April 2008

    Duration: 00:33:24

    Jonathan Zittrain discusses the future of the Internet. The Internet's current trajectory is one of lost opportunity: its salvation, he argues, lies in the goodwill of its millions of users.

  • The History and Future of the Domain Name System, Part 7

    Recorded: 4 February 2008

    Duration: 00:20:36

    Jonathan Zittrain discusses the history and future of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). The event commemorated Jon Postel by looking back at the history of the DNS, its management under ICANN, and a vision of what the future holds.

  • The History and Future of the Domain Name System, Part 1

    Recorded: 8 January 2008

    Duration: 00:11:24

    Introduction to the history and future of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). This event commemorated Jon Postel by looking back at the 25 year history of the DNS, the 10 years of its management under ICANN, and a vision of what the future holds.

  • The History and Future of the Domain Name System, Part 8

    Recorded: 8 January 2008

    Duration: 00:45:44

    Closing notes on the history and future of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). The event commemorated Jon Postel by looking back at the history of the DNS, its management under ICANN, and a vision of what the future holds.

  • Oxford Union Debate: Internet and Democratisation, Part 7

    Recorded: 18 May 2007

    Duration: 00:14:22

    Jonathan Zittrain speaks. Oxford Union Debate: 'This House believes that the Internet is the greatest force for democratisation in the World'

  • ONI Conference: The Future of Free Expression on the Internet (Discussion)

    Recorded: 18 May 2007

    Duration: 01:11:35

    Attendees take part in an open discussion, facilitated by Berkman Center Executive Director John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain. The session includes thoughts on the product of the OpenNet Initiative's study and Q&A with the principle investigators.

  • ONI Conference: The Future of Free Expression on the Internet (Presentations)

    Recorded: 7 May 2007

    Duration: 01:50:42

    Jonathan Zittrain introduces the ONI project and Principal Investigator Ron Diebert, Citizen Lab's Nart Villenuve, and ONI Research Director Rob Faris present their findings on the 41 countries studied and the methods used to achieve those findings.

  • CyberSafety Conference Keynote: The Secure Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:37:09

    Keynote by Jonathan Zittrain at the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

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