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Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is on the board of The Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, the MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation, The Mozilla Foundation and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage an Internet company in Japan. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr, Last.fm, Kongregate, FotonautsFotopedia, Kickstarter and other Internet companies. He is the Guild Custodian of the World of Warcraft guild, We Know (httpweknow.to). He is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, an Emergency First Responder instructor and a Divers Alert Network instructor. Ito was named by Businessweek as one of the Most Influential People on the Web in . In , Ito was chosen by Nikkei Business as one of the most influential people for the future of Japan and by Foreign Poicy Magazine as one of the "Top Global Thinkers". In , he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedom. Ito received the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, from The New School in . Specialties venture investing, Japan entry, Japanese policy, speaking, blogging, media art, Internet advertising, Japanese business. VERY busy lately so don't take it personally if I can't accept a request.