John Clippinger

John Clippinger
Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group

John Henry Clippinger is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab’s Human Dynamics Group, where he conducts research on trust frameworks for protecting and sharing personal information. With Professor Alex Pentland of MIT, he is cofounder and executive director of the newly formed ID3 (Institute for Institutional Innovation & Data Driven Design), which is developing an open governance platform to support an ecosystem for data-driven services, infrastructures, and enterprises. Previously, John was founder and codirector of the Law Lab at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a senior fellow at the Berkman Center, where he cofounded and supported the development of an open source, interoperable identity framework, Project Higgins, which gives users control over their personal information.

John is the author of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity and The Biology of Business: Decoding the Natural Laws of Enterprise. Previously, he was director of intellectual capital at Coopers & Lybrand and the founder and CEO of four software companies. He also holds software patents and consults with companies, foundations, and government agencies on technology, policy, and business strategy. He is co-chair of the Open Identity Exchange Advisory Board and has lectured at Stanford, Brandeis, MIT, Yale, Boston University, the Chinese Academy of Science, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

John is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of a number of prestigious groups, including the eG8 Forum, the Global Leadership Telco Council, and the Aspen Institute, among many others.


John Clippinger (MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group), Loretta Garrison (FTC), Dorothy Attwood (AT&T), Hilary Ward (Citibank)
There is a wealth of valuable information that we want to share that makes life better, richer, more efficient. But this is becoming a most delicate balance. How can we create incentives for users and providers to use and protect information about themselves and others? We have four panelists from the private sector, research, and government, who are working on providing the balance necessary. Read more.
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