John Clippinger

John Clippinger
Co-Director, Law Lab, Berkman Center Harvard University


John Henry Clippinger is Co-Director of The Law Lab at Harvard University, a new multi-disciplinary center founded to research the role of social, neurological, and economic mechanisms on the role of law in facilitating cooperation and entrepreneurial innovation. The goal of The Law Lab is to conduct controlled and open experiments on the Web and to develop open source software to facilitate the growth of a wide range of “digital institutions” to enable innovation and cooperation. The Law Lab is designed to be a global collaborative network of university, non profit and industry partners and is supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

Previously, Dr. Clippinger directed Social Physics project at the Berkman Center (www. that supported the development of an open source, interoperability identity framework called Higgins to give people control over their personal information. Dr. Clippinger also
directed multi-disciplinary research and workshops to explore the impact of trust,
reciprocity, reputation, social signaling on the formation of digital institutions. He is the
author of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity (Perseus, Public Affairs,

He is founder and a board member of Azigo Inc. (formerly Parity Communications) and consults with Equifax, The Rendon Group, and other companies, foundations, and government agencies on technology, policy and business strategy.

John was CEO of Context Media LLC, a knowledge management software and services company and Director, Intellectual Capital, at Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers).
Prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, he was founder and CEO of Brattle Research Corporation, which
developed artificial intelligence, language processing and search software. He is
author/editor of the book, The Biology of Business: Decoding the Natural Laws of
Enterprise (Jossey-Bass, 1999) and the author of Meaning and Discourse: A
Computational Model of Psychoanalytic Discourse (Johns Hopkins, 1977).

Dr. Clippinger is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Ph.D. from the
University of Pennsylvania. He is a frequent participant at The Highlands Forum, The Aspen Institute, the CEO Leadership Institute of Yale School of Management, Creative Leadership Summit, Aspen Institute Italy, Fortune Brainstorm, Arab Thought Leadership Conference, World Economic Forum, Supernova, Diamond Exchange, TII/Vanguard, and The Santa Fe Institute Business Network.


John Clippinger (Berkman Center Harvard University), Loretta Garrison (FTC), Dorothy Attwood (AT&T), Hilary Ward (Citibank)
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