Joi Ito is the former director of the MIT Media Lab.

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Joichi "Joi" Ito is one of those names threaded through the history of the internet. From his days kickstarting internet culture in Japan at Digital Garage, his restless curiosity led him to be an early-stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr,, Kickstarter and other Internet companies, and to serve on countless boards and advisory committees around digital culture and Internet freedom.

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