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Joichi Ito
June 19, 1966 -
Nationality: Japanese
Category: Businessman
Subcategory: Japanese Businessman

Google is in an amazing position to be the target of tons of lawsuits that will set precedent for many important things for us on the Internet.


It would be easy to define terrorism as attacks against human rights and international humanitarian law forbids attacks against innocent non-combatants which is often the definition used for terrorism.


If we destroy human rights and rule of law in the response to terrorism, they have won.


Internet penetration in Italy is quite low and the Berlusconi media machine controls most of what people see.


Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way.


But my question is, am I compromising by adapting my words for the audience and where is the line beyond which I am not adapting words, but changing my position?


When there is a huge force pressing down on freedoms, sub-cultures with more creativity and power are likely to form.


The most important thing I learned in school was how to touch type.


The idea of trying to fight against extremism was written off as naive.


I have had a great deal of interaction with Koreans and feel a fairly strong bond with Korea.


Upholding human rights is not merely compatible with fighting terrorism, it is essential.


Money creates a power relationship between the payer and the payee.


I agree that it is not just the extremists who harbor bad thoughts or engage in bad acts, but they are usually the source of the polarization and try to keep education and communication of the main stream from moving forward.


The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with - more speech and debate, not censorship.


I noticed that democracy was broken and tried to work on fixing that in Japan. Then I realized that it was broken all over the place and decided to work on that too.


For some reason, I grew up generally believing that Japan and Korea were quite friendly. I do know that there is some bad history and the extremists on both sides are unreasonable.


We discussed the history of postwar Japan and how Japan had missed an opportunity to build a more functional democracy because of the focus on fighting communism driven in large part by the American occupation.


We talked about the Internet and Wikipedia and how facts and history are being collectively created online.


I have always viewed my role as a sort of ambassador or bridge between groups to help provide a dialog.


We have a long way to go before we are able to hear the voices of everyone on earth, but I believe that providing voices and building bridges is essential for the World Peace we all wish for.


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