John Henry Clippinger

Founder and Co-Director, The Law Lab

Clippinger John Henry Clippinger is a founder and Co-Director of The Law Lab ( at Harvard University, a 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 Law Lab is developing an open governance platform to enable innovation in governance mechanism to further new forms of private law, self-governance and the formation of digital institutions. Dr. Clippinger was also a Senior Fellow at the Berkman Center where he helped found and support the development of an open source, interoperability identity framework called Project Higgins ( to give people control over their personal information. He is also a Visiting Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group where he collaborating on research on trust frameworks for protecting and sharing personal information.

With Professor Alex Pentland of MIT, he is co-founder of the ID3 (Institute for Institutional Innovation & Data Driven Design) and Project Mustard Seed or open trust frameworks. He is the author of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity (Perseus, Public Affairs, 2007, and The Biology of Business, Natural Laws of Enterprise ,Josey Bass, 1998 ). Previously, he was Director of Intellectual Capital, Coopers & Lybrand and the founder and CEO of four software companies, most recently, Azigo. He also is holds software patents, and consults with companies, foundations, and government agencies on technology, policy and business strategy. He is Co-Chair of Open Identity Exchange Advisory Board and has lectured at Stanford, Brandeis, MIT, Yale, Boston University, Chinese Academy of Science, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, UPenn, among others.

Dr. Clippinger is a graduate of Yale University and holds a MA. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the G8 Forum, and the Global Leadership Telco Council and the Risk Analysis Networks for the World Economic Forum, an Aspen Institute Research Fellow, frequent participant at The DoD sponsored 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, Kauffman Summer Institute, Monaco Media Forum, Ashoka, Diamond Exchange, TII/Vanguard, and The Santa Fe Institute Business Network.

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