Ethan Zuckerman is a global activist and researcher focused on the impact of technology on the developing world. Based at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, he is the cofounder of Global Voices, an international web-based community of bloggers and citizen journalists dedicated to broadening intercultural understanding and improving global journalism.
Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Zuckerman helped found Tripod, an early pioneer in the web community space. He later used proceeds from the sale of Tripod to Lycos to fund Geekcorps, a nonprofit organization that sends technically skilled volunteers to developing nations to help build internet and communications infrastructure. Under Zuckerman’s management, Geekcorps sent over a hundred volunteers on three- to six-month tours of duty to a dozen nations. The organization continues to work throughout the developing world as part of the International Executive Service Corps.
In 2004, Zuckerman began writing for WorldChanging, a web-based clearinghouse of “tools, models, and ideas” for building a sustainable future, and he was its first board chairman. His work has been recognized with awards from the World Economic Forum, MIT’s Technology Review, and Fortune magazine, which named him one of its top ten innovators under the age of forty in 2003.
Zuckerman lives the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. He graduated from Williams College with a BA in Philosophy in 1993, and in 1993-4 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Legon, Ghana, and the National Theatre of Ghana, studying ethnomusicology and percussion.