Ethan's research at the Berkman Center focuses on ways the spread of the Internet and telephony are changing developing nations, and Northern perceptions of developing nations. His recent work has included quantitative analyses of international news coverage in US and European media outlets, strategies for adapting African telecommunications policy to accomodate Voice over IP and commercial wireless services, anonymizing techniques for dissident speech and reporting, and studies of the spread of weblogging in developing nations. Most research projects are previewed on Ethan's weblog, "...My Heart's in Accra".
Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Ethan worked in internet sotware development from 1994 - 1999, leading research, business development and software development teams for personal homepage site Tripod and search portal Lycos. A co-founder of Tripod, Ethan used proceeds from the sale of Tripod to Lycos to fund Geekcorps, a nonprofit organization that sends technically skilled volunteers to developing nations to help build Internet and communications infrastructure. Under Ethan's management, Geekcorps sent over a hundred volunteers on 3-6 month tours of duty to a dozen nations - the organization continues to work throughout the developing world as part of the International Executive Service Corps after Ethan's departure in 2004.
In 2002, Technology Review Magazine awarded Ethan the Technology in the Service of Humanity Award. In 2003, Fortune Magazine named him as one of the top 10 innovators under the age of 40. The World Economic Forum named him a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2003 and a Young Global Leader in 2005.
He lives in Lanesboro, Massachusetts, with his wife Rachel, a fluffy white cat and 24 blueberry bushes.