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Ethan Zuckerman Biography

Director of the Center for Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“Social media is critically important in giving voice to communities who’ve been systemically excluded from media – people of color, women, LGBTQIA people, poor people. By giving people a chance to share their under-covered perspectives with broadcast media, social media has a possible role in making the media ecosystem more inclusive and fair…

The power of social media to raise money for candidates, recruit people to participate in marches and rallies, to organize boycotts of products or the overthrow of governments is one of the best-documented – and most debated – powers of social media.”

“Six or Seven Things Social Media Can Do for Democracy,”, May 30, 2018

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), June 2012-present
  • Associate Professor, Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab, MIT
  • Cofounder, Global Voices Online, 2004-present
  • Research Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, Sep. 2003-June 2012
  • Director, Geekcorps, 2001-2003
  • Cofounder, Geekcorps, 1999-2003
  • Fulbright scholar, University of Ghana at Legon, 1993-1994
  • BA, Philosophy, Williams College, 1993
  • Twitter: @ethanz
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Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?