Ethan Zuckerman studies how the world — the whole world — uses new media to share information and moods across cultures, languages and platforms.

Why you should listen

Ethan Zuckerman is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. He and his team recently launched Media Cloud, an open-source platform for studying online media that enables quantitative analysis of media attention.

With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices, sharing news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations, translating content from over 30 languages, and publishing editions in 20 languages. With support from foundation funders and media partners, Global Voices supports dozens of smaller citizen media projects in developing nations, and is a leading voice for free speech online. In 2000, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer corps that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Geekcorps sent over 100 volunteers to projects throughout the developing world, working on projects that ranged from bringing internet connectivity to Malian radio stations to digitizing databases to manage Rwanda's Gacaca trials. In an earlier life, Zuckerman was a founder of Tripod.com. He's a legendarily dedicated blogger at ... My heart's in Accra.

What others say

“Ethan Zuckerman is up there with Yo-Yo Ma among my heroic models of global citizenship. His brainchild, Global Voices Online, is my model of journalism transforming itself.” — Christopher Lydon, Open Source Radio

Ethan Zuckerman’s TED talk

Ethan Zuckerman on the TED Blog

TEDGlobal 2010

Listening to global voices: Ethan Zuckerman on TED.com

July 15, 2010

Sure, the web connects the whole world, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to let the whole wide world share their stories. Listen for some strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the world news in languages you don’t even […]

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Quotes from Ethan Zuckerman

[According to Twitter] 24 percent of American Twitter users are African-American. That’s about twice as high as African-Americans are represented in the population.
Ethan Zuckerman
TEDGlobal 2010 • 538K views Jul 2010
Inspiring, Informative
If I walk into a store in the United States, it’s very, very easy for me to buy water that’s bottled in Fiji, shipped at great expense to the United States; it’s surprisingly hard for me to see a Fijian feature film.
Ethan Zuckerman
TEDGlobal 2010 • 538K views Jul 2010
Inspiring, Informative