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Jonathan Zittrain

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Jonathan L Zittrain is an American professor of Internet law and the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School He is also a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, a professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and co-founder and director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society Previously, Zittrain was Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford and visiting professor at the New York University School of Law and Stanford Law School He is the author of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It as well as co-editor of the books, Access Denied MIT Press, 2008, Access Controlled MIT Press, 2010, and Access Contested MIT Press, 2011

Zittrain works in several intersections of the Internet with law and policy including intellectual property, censorship and filtering for content control, and computer security He founded a project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society that develops classroom tools In 2001 he was a co-founder of Chilling Effects, a collaborative archive created to protect lawful online activity from legal threats that was created by Wendy Seltzer renamed "Lumen" in 2015 He also served as vice dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard


  • 1 Family and education
  • 2 Later career
  • 3 Internet filtering
  • 4 Copyright
  • 5 Security
  • 6 Stock markets and spam
  • 7 Recent publications
  • 8 Notes
  • 9 External links

Family and education

Zittrain speaking at iSummit07

Zittrain is the son of two attorneys, Ruth A Zittrain and Lester E Zittrain In 2004 with Jennifer K Harrison, Zittrain published The Torts Game: Defending Mean Joe Greene, a book the authors dedicated to their parents His brother, Jeff, is an established Bay Area musician His sister, Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg, is a scholar of the Arab and Israeli conflict and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh

Zittrain, who grew up in the suburb of Churchill outside of Pittsburgh, graduated in 1987 from Shady Side Academy, a private school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania He holds a bachelor's summa cum laude in cognitive science and artificial intelligence from Yale University, 1991, where he was a member of the Yale Political Union, Manuscript Society and Davenport College, a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, 1995, where he was the winner of the Williston Negotiation Competition, and a master of public administration from Harvard's John F Kennedy School of Government, 1995

He was law clerk for Stephen F Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and served with the US Department of Justice and, in 1991, with the Department of State, as well as at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 1992 and 1994 He was a longtime forum administrator, or sysop, for the online service CompuServe, serving for many years as the chief administrator for its private forum for all of its forum administrators

Later career

Jonathan Zittrain in 2007

Zittrain joined the staff of the University of Oxford in Oxford in the United Kingdom as of September 2005 He held the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation, was a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute, and was a Professorial Fellow of Keble College, which has developed a particular interest in computer science and public policy In the United States, he was also the Jack N & Lillian R Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and director and founder with Charles Nesson of its Berkman Center for Internet & Society Zittrain was a visiting professor at the Stanford Law School in 2007 and was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law in Manhattan for the spring 2008 semester

Zittrain taught, or taught with others, Harvard's courses on Cyberlaw: Internet Points of Control, The Exploding Internet: Building A Global Commons in Cyberspace, Torts, Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control, The Law of Cyberspace, The Law of Cyberspace: Social Protocols, Privacy Policy, The Microsoft Case, and The High Tech Entrepreneur He searched for novel ways to use technology unobtrusively in the classroom at Harvard, founded H2O and used the system to teach his classes Students are polled, assigned opposing arguments, and use H2O to develop their writing skills Students enrolled in his The Internet and Society class could participate both orally and via the Internet A teaching fellow seated in the classroom supplied Zittrain with the comments received from students in real time via e-mail as well as through "chat" or "instant message" from students participating in the class while logged into Second Life wwwsecondlifecom

He has been critical of the process used by ICANN, the International Telecommunication Union and the World Summit on the Information Society Although he describes their approach as, in some ways, simple and naïve, Zittrain sees more hope in the open Internet Engineering Task Force model and in the ethical code and assumption of good faith that govern Wikipedia He wrote in 2008, "Wikipedia—with the cooperation of many Wikipedians—has developed a system of self-governance that has many indicia of the rule of law without heavy reliance on outside authority or boundary"

In 2009 Zittrain was elected to the Internet Society's board of trustees for a four-year term In February 2011 he joined the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation In May 2011 Zittrain was made for Federal Communications Commission Distinguished Scholar In May 2012 he was made for Chair at Federal Communications Commission Open Internet Advisory Committee

Internet filtering

The OpenNet Initiative ONI monitors Internet censorship by national governments Between 2001 and 2003 at Harvard's Berkman Center, Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman studied Internet filtering In their tests during 2002, when Google had indexed almost 25 billion pages, they found sites blocked, from approximately 100 in France and Germany to 2,000 in Saudi Arabia, and 20,000 in the People's Republic of China The authors published a statement of issues and a call for data that year

Building on the work completed at the Berkman Center, ONI published special reports, case studies, and bulletins beginning in 2004, and as of 2008, offered research on filtering in 40 countries as well as by regions of the world As of 2016, Zittrain remains a principal investigator at ONI, together with Ronald Deibert of the University of Toronto, John Palfrey, who was previously the executive director of the Berkman Center now the head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and Rafal Rohozinski of the University of Cambridge

In 2001, Zittrain cofounded Chilling Effects with his students and former students, including its creator and leader, Wendy Seltzer It monitors cease and desist letters Google directs its users to Chilling Effects when its search results have been altered at the request of a national government Since 2002, researchers have been using the clearinghouse renamed "Lumen" in 2015 to study the use of cease-and-desist letters, primarily looking at DMCA 512 takedown notices, non-DMCA copyright, and trademark claims


On October 9, 2002, Zittrain and Lawrence Lessig argued a landmark case, known as Eldred v Ashcroft, before the United States Supreme Court As co-counsel for the plaintiff, they argued that the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act CTEA was unconstitutional The court ruled 7–2 on January 15, 2003 to uphold the CTEA which extended existing copyrights 20 years, from the life of the author plus 50 years, to plus 70 years In the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the petitioners did "not challenge the CTEA's 'life-plus-70-years' time span itself They maintain that Congress went awry not with respect to newly created works, but in enlarging the term for published works with existing copyrights" The court found that the act did "not exceed Congress' power" and that "CTEA's extension of existing and future copyrights does not violate the First Amendment" In 2003 Zittrain said he was concerned that Congress will hear the same arguments after the 20-year extension passes, and that the Internet is causing a "cultural reassessment of the meaning of copyright"


Zittrain and Lawrence Lessig speaking at Google in 2008

After Zittrain joined the staff at Oxford, Zittrain and John Palfrey at the Berkman Center founded StopBadwareorg in 2006 to function as a clearinghouse for what has become proliferation of malware Borrowing Wikipedia's "ethical code that encourages users to do the right thing rather than the required thing", the organization wished to assign the task of data collection—and not analysis—about malware to Internet users at large When its scans find dangerous code, Google places StopBadware alerts in its search results and rescans later to determine whether a site thereafter had been cleaned

One of StopBadware's goals is to "preempt" the stifling of the Internet The founders think that centralized regulation could follow a serious Internet security breach, and that consumers might then choose to purchase closed, centrally managed solutions like tethered appliances that are modified by their vendor rather than owner, or might flee to services in walled gardens In Zittrain's word, "generative" devices and platforms, including the Internet itself, offer an opening forward In 2007, he cautioned, "we're moving to software-as-service, which can be yanked or transformed at any moment The ability of your PC to run independent code is an important safety valve"

Reactions in the Boston Review accompanied the publication of his book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, in 2008 Support came from David D Clark and Susan P Crawford Criticism ranged from Richard Stallman's finding no evidence of a flight to closed systems and his message that software developers need control and software patents must end, to a request for cost-benefit analysis, to the belief that netizenship won't scale to the business world to faith that consumers will buy only open, non-proprietary systems

Directed by Palfrey and Zittrain, StopBadware receives high-level guidance from its advisory board: Vint Cerf of Google, Esther Dyson, George He of Lenovo, Greg Papadopoulos formerly CTO of Sun Microsystems, and Ari Schwartz of the Center for Democracy and Technology The working group, which has included Ben Adida, Scott Bradner, Beau Brendler, Jerry Gregoire, Eric L Howes, and Nart Villeneuve at various times, frames the project's research agenda and methodology and is the body which helps to inform the public about StopBadware's work StopBadware has been supported by AOL, Google, eBay/PayPal, Lenovo, Trend Micro, and VeriSign and its use has been advised by Consumer Reports WebWatch

Stock markets and spam

Writing with Laura Freider of Purdue University, in 2008 Zittrain published Spam Works: Evidence from Stock Touts and Corresponding Market Activity, in the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal to document the manipulation of stock prices via spam e-mail They found evidence that "stocks experience a significantly positive return on days prior to heavy touting via spam" and that "prolific spamming greatly affects the trading volume of a targeted stock" Apart from transaction costs, in some circumstances the spammer earned over 4% while the average investor who bought on the day of receipt of the spam would lose more than 5% if they sold two days later Frieder said in 2006 that she knew of no other explanation for their results, but that people do follow the stock tips in their spam e-mail

Recent publications

  • Zittrain, Jonathan April 14, 2008 The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It Yale University Press ISBN 0-300-12487-2  online book
  • Deibert, Ronald J, John G Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, Jonathan Zittrain Eds February 29, 2008 Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering MIT Press ISBN 0-262-54196-3  CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list link
  • Frieder, Laura; Zittrain, Jonathan March 14, 2007 "Spam Works: Evidence from Stock Touts and Corresponding Market Activity" Berkman Center Research Publication No 2006-11 SSRN 920553 
  • Zittrain, Jonathan 2006 "Searches and Seizures in a Networked World" Harvard Law Review Forum The Harvard Law Review Association 83 Retrieved 2013-01-15 
  • Zittrain, Jonathan L May 2006 "The Generative Internet" PDF Harvard Law Review The Harvard Law Review Association 119: 1974 Retrieved 2015-09-08 
  • Zittrain, Jonathan Spring 2006 "A History of Online Gatekeeping" PDF Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Harvard Law School 19 2: 253 Retrieved 2008-04-20 
  • Zittrain, Jonathan Winter 2004 "Normative Principles for Evaluating Free and Proprietary Software" University of Chicago Law Review The University of Chicago Law School via SSRN 71 1 Retrieved 2008-04-20 


  1. ^ a b Duffy Marsan, Carolyn April 9, 2008 "How the iPhone is killing the 'Net" Network World IDG Retrieved 2008-04-17 
  2. ^ Will you find tantalizing stories in Harvard law books, Sharon Tate Moody, Tampa Tribune, 13 Mar 2016
  3. ^ Zittrain, Jonathan L; Jennifer K Harrison August 15, 2004 The Torts Game: Defending Mean Joe Greene Aspen Publishers via Amazon Online Reader xiv ISBN 0-7355-4509-X Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  4. ^ Blog post - Musical Interlude
  5. ^ Jeff Zittrain - Index
  6. ^ Amazoncom: Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities 9780253211590: Neil Caplan: Books
  7. ^ Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg - Department of History - Carnegie Mellon University
  8. ^ "School Calendar" Shady Side Academy Retrieved 2008-04-16 
  9. ^ "Speaker Bio" Province of British Columbia Archived from the original on 2006-10-31 Retrieved 2008-04-16 
  10. ^ a b "Jonathan Zittrain" The Connecticut Forum Retrieved 2012-04-27 
  11. ^ "Zittrain to be intellectual property lecturer" Case Western Reserve University Retrieved 2008-04-16 
  12. ^ a b "Professor Jonathan Zittrain" University of Oxford Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  13. ^ "Faceoff: Lessig vs Zittrain" Stanford Law School Retrieved 2008-04-28 
  14. ^ "All courses related to Jonathan Zittrain" Berkman Center Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  15. ^ a b "Jonathan Zittrain" TechWeb and O'Reilly Media Retrieved 2008-04-21 
  16. ^ "Cyberlaw expert Jonathan Zittrain elected to University's first Chair of Internet Governance and Regulation" University of Oxford March 16, 2005 Archived from the original on July 9, 2007 Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  17. ^ "Casing the Future" Harvard Magazine 5 May 2009 Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  18. ^ Zuckerman, Ethan April 27, 2006 "Jonathan Zittrain: The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It" WorldChanging Retrieved 2008-04-19 
  19. ^ a b Zittrain, Jonathan "Chapter 6: The Lessons of Wikipedia, in The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It" Yale Books Unbound, Yale University Press Retrieved 2008-04-19 
  20. ^ "Internet Society - Board of Trustees - 2009 BoT Elections:" 5 May 2009 Retrieved 2009-08-03 
  21. ^ Rebecca Jeschke 11 February 2011 "EFF Appoints Jonathan Zittrain to the Board of Directors" EFF Retrieved 2011-03-15 
  22. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on June 24, 2013 Retrieved January 18, 2013 
  23. ^
  24. ^ Zittrain, Jonathan; Edelman, Benjamin October 24, 2003 "Documentation of Internet Filtering Worldwide" Retrieved 2008-04-17  and Zittrain, Jonathan; Edelman, Benjamin October 26, 2002 "Localized Google search result exclusions" Retrieved 2008-04-17 
  25. ^ "Reports" The OpenNet Initiative Retrieved 2008-04-17 
  26. ^ "Research" The OpenNet Initiative Retrieved 2008-04-17 
  27. ^ http://jpalfreyandoveredu/
  28. ^ "About ONI" The OpenNet Initiative Retrieved 2016-07-10 
  29. ^ "About Us" Chilling Effects Retrieved 2008-11-30 
  30. ^ J Urban & L Quilter, "Efficient Process or 'Chilling Effects' Takedown Notices Under Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act," Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal March 2006
  31. ^ "Will Fair Use Survive Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control" 2005 PDF Free Expression Policy Project
  32. ^ Maytal, Anat February 21, 2002 "Professor To Present Case to Supreme Court" The Harvard Crimson Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  33. ^ "ELDRED V ASHCROFT 01-618 537 US 186 2003" Supreme Court collection of Cornell Law School Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  34. ^ "The Year of the Copyright" Harvard Law Bulletin The President and Fellows of Harvard College Spring 2003 Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  35. ^ a b Zittrain, Jonathan April 14, 2008 The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It Yale University Press pp 159–161 ISBN 0-300-12487-2 
  36. ^ Anthes, Gary April 7, 2008 "The end of the Internet as we know it Jonathan Zittrain fears the worst" Computerworld International Data Group Retrieved 2008-04-16 
  37. ^ "StopBadwareorg Frequently Asked Questions" StopBadwareorg Retrieved 2008-04-16 
  38. ^ Talbot, David March 2006 "Q&A: Jonathan Zittrain" Technology Review Massachusetts Institute of Technology Retrieved 2008-04-17 
  39. ^ Graves, Lucas January 2007 "End-Time for the Internet" Wired CondéNet 1501: 15 Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  40. ^ Stallman, Richard March–April 2008 "'The root of this problem is software controlled by its developer'" Boston Review 33 2 Retrieved 2008-04-21 
  41. ^ Owen, Bruce M March–April 2008 "'As long as flexibility has value to users, suppliers will have incentives to offer it'" Boston Review 33 2 Retrieved 2008-04-21 
  42. ^ Grimes, Roger A March–April 2008 "'Fixing Web insecurity requires more than a caring community'" Boston Review Retrieved 2008-04-21 
  43. ^ Varian, Hal March–April 2008 "'Ultimately, the best protection is an informed buyer who demands openness'" Boston Review 33 2 Retrieved 2008-04-21 
  44. ^ "About Us" StopBadwareorg Retrieved 2008-04-17 
  45. ^ "StopBadware celebrates second anniversary; adds two new sponsors" PDF Press release StopBadwareorg February 26, 2008 Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  46. ^ a b Hulbert, Mark September 10, 2006 "Stock Tips From Spam Aren't Just Silly They're Costly" The New York Times The New York Times Company Retrieved 2008-04-19 
  47. ^ Frieder, Laura; Zittrain, Jonathan March 14, 2007 "Spam Works: Evidence from Stock Touts and Corresponding Market Activity" Berkman Center Research Publication No 2006-11 SSRN 920553 

External links

Home pages

  • "Jonathan Zittrain" Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School Retrieved 2008-04-20 
  • "Jonathan Zittrain" New York University School of Law Retrieved 2008-04-20 
  • "Jonathan Zittrain: About" University of Oxford Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  • "The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It" Jonathan Zittrain Retrieved 2008-06-13 

Media coverage

  • Jonathan Zittrain on Charlie Rose
  • Jonathan Zittrain at the Internet Movie Database
  • Jonathan Zittrain at TED
  • Works by or about Jonathan Zittrain in libraries WorldCat catalog

Books online

  • Zittrain, Jonathan "The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It" Yale Books Unbound, Yale University Press Retrieved 2008-04-20 
  • Deibert, Ronald J, John G Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski and Jonathan Zittrain Eds February 2008 Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering sample chapters The MIT Press ISBN 0-262-54196-3 Retrieved 2008-04-20  CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list link


  • "Berkman Center For Internet & Society" Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  • "Chilling Effects Clearinghouse" Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  • "H2O Project" Harvard Law School Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  • "The OpenNet Initiative" opennetnet, formerly opennetinitiativenet Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  • "StopBadwareorg" Retrieved 2008-04-18 

Audio and video

  • Zittrain, Jonathan 2005-09-27 CyberSafety Conference 2005: The Secure Future of the Internet & How to Stop It RealVideo Oxford Internet Institute Retrieved 2008-04-18  - Zittrain's first talk at Oxford
  • Zittrain, Jonathan 2006-04-25 Internet Governance and Regulation: The Future of the Internet - and How to Stop It RealVideo Oxford Internet Institute Retrieved 2008-04-16  – Zittrain's inaugural lecture for Oxford
  • Palfrey, John, Nart Villeneuve and Jonathan Zittrain Mike Deehan, producer 2008-03-13 Berkman Book Release: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering video/audio Berkman Center, The President and Fellows of Harvard College Retrieved 2008-04-18 
  • Zittrain, Jonathan 2008-04-11 The Future of the Internet - and How to Stop It Flash,mp4,RealVideo,3gp Internet Society - NY Chapter Retrieved 2008-04-21  - Book talk @ Tribeca Grand NYC
  • Zittrain, Jonathan Mike Deehan, producer 2008-04-17 Berkman Book Release: The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It video/audio Cambridge, MA, USA: Berkman Center, The President and Fellows of Harvard College Retrieved 2008-04-21 
  • Zittrain, Jonathan 2009-11-29 "Minds for Sale" Flash The Berkman Center  Zittrain dives into the ethics and issues surrounding cloud labor

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