Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Benkler has produced reports or served in an advisory capacity for a range communications and intellectual property regulators and policymakers at the national and international levels. Since the 1990s, he has played a part in characterizing the role of information commons, decentralized collaboration, innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom, which won academic awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award for social and ethical relevance in communications. The Wealth of Networks was also acknowledged by the business press, with the Financial Times citing it as one of the best books about the internet, and Strategy and Business naming it the best business book about the future in 2006. Benkler’s work on society and technology has also been recognized with Public Knowledge's IP3 Award in 2006, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for 2007, and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011. Oxford University awarded Benkler a lifetime achievement award in 2012 for his contribution to research and public understanding of the internet and information goods.