Joichi Ito

Joichi ItoJoichi ‘Joi’ Ito is a Japanese American entrepreneur. He was born in Japan. His family shifted to the United States. His father’s boss Stanford R. was really impressed with him and recognized his talent at an early age. He gave him the opportunity to work with scientists even when he was only thirteen years old. This exposure enhanced his interest in technology.  He is also known as an activist and venture capitalist. He is a big supporter of emergent democracy, privacy and internet freedom. He is working as the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He has received numerous honors which include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in 2011. 
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Born: June 19, 1966, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Occupation:  Entrepreneur
Nationality: Japanese
Spouse: Mizuka Kurogane (m. 2008)
Siblings: Mizuko Ito
Books: Freesouls
Organizations founded: Digital Garage, Infoseek Japan, PSINet Japan
Education: Tufts University, University of Chicago
Known for:  Blogging, Moblogging, Creative Commons

There was a very convincing argument made that the extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority, therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative.

It would be easy to define terrorism as attacks against human rights and international humanitarian law forbids attacks against innocent non-combatants which is often the definition used for terrorism.

I noticed that democracy was broken and tried to work on fixing that in Japan. Then I realized that it was broken all over the place and decided to work on that too.

We talked about the Internet and Wikipedia and how facts and history are being collectively created online.

Money creates a power relationship between the payer and the payee.

I definitely feel like my blog is going edgy to broad and boring.

We discussed the history of postwar Japan and how Japan had missed an opportunity to build a more functional democracy because of the focus on fighting communism driven in large part by the American occupation.

I just believe that the cost of marketing is going to increase and the cost of delivery is going to decrease as the Net gets stronger and mass media gets weaker.

Now that our media companies and it appears are policies are traded for cash, what is there to check the continuing consolidation of power and diminishing of democracy?

For some reason, I grew up generally believing that Japan and Korea were quite friendly. I do know that there is some bad history and the extremists on both sides are unreasonable.


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