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Joichi Ito


Joichi Ito was elected to Knight Foundation's Board of Trustees in 2011. He is a member of the Program Committee and the Ad Hoc Sub-Committee to Investments.

Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab. He is a board member of  Sony Corporation and The New York Times Company. He is also on the boards of the MacArthur FoundationKnight Foundation and Creative Commons, and is co-founder and board member of Digital Garage, an Internet company in Japan.

He is a director on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Mozilla Foundation and WITNESS. He has created numerous Internet companies, including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan, and he was an early-stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr,, Kickstarter, Path and other Internet companies. He is the Guild Custodian of the World of Warcraft guild, We Know.

He is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, an Emergency First Responder Instructor and a Divers Alert Network (DAN) Instructor Trainer.

Ito was named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008. In 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine chose him as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers." In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedom. In 2011 and 2012, Ito was chosen by Nikkei Business as one of the 100 most influential people for the future of Japan.