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Zittrain, Harvard Tie the Knot

Call it the future of Jonathan Zittrain. The author of the popular book, "The Future of the Internet -- and How to Stop It," has accepted Harvard Law School's offer of a tenured professorship and officially joined the faculty two weeks ago. In a post here in May, "The Courtship of Jonathan Zittrain," we described Dean Elena Kagan's very public display of scholarly affection for Zittrain during a conference to mark the 10th anniversary of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which he cofounded in 1996, just one year after graduating from the law school. Kagan and others were not coy in the least about their interest in luring Zittrain to the school's full-time faculty.

Dubbed a member of the digerati by Wikipedia, Zittrain had been at Oxford University since 2005, where he held the chair in Internet governance and regulation and was a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute. He had also retained a visiting professorship at Harvard and was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School in 2007 and at New York University School of Law for the spring 2008 semester. He was co-counsel with Lawrence Lessig at the Supreme Court in Eldred v. Ashcroft, a case that challenged the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.

I interviewed Zittrain yesterday for our Lawyer2Lawyer podcast (the episode will not be posted until next week thanks to summer schedule juggling). After I introduced him as a member of the Oxford faculty and then asked him about his future plans, he replied that my introduction was two weeks out of date. He had accepted Harvard's offer and was already at work on its Cambridge campus, he said. I could find no official announcement on Harvard's Web site of its newest faculty member, but Zittrain's faculty biography does now list him as a professor of law, effective 2008.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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