Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain

Scholar Title:

Faculty Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources
Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
Director of the Harvard Law School Library
George Bemis Professor of Law

Department: School of Law

Colleges / Universities: Harvard University


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Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone Number: (617) 495-4643


Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and as part of the OpenNet Initiative co-edited a study of Internet filtering by national governments: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American. He has served as a Trustee of the Internet Society and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader. He was a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, and previously chaired the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It (Yale University Press, 2008) predicted the end of general purpose client computing and the corresponding rise of new gatekeepers. That and other works may be found at


M.P.A Harvard University, 1995

J.D. Harvard Law School, 1995

B.S. Yale University, 1991