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MIT lab director to resign over Jeffrey Epstein donation

Charles Krupa | AP
Charles Krupa | AP
Students walk past the "Great Dome" atop Building 10 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 3, 2017.

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — A member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab said he plans to resign over revelations the lab took money from Jeffrey Epstein.

Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab’s Center for Civic Media, said he told university officials last week about his plans.

He said director Joi Ito failed to disclose the deceased financier’s funding of the lab in addition to the money he accepted for personal investments in tech.

Epstein, who was found dead in his cell at a Manhattan jailhouse earlier this month, gave MIT at least $200,000.

The controversy of his donations to the lab date back to 2015.

The Boston Globe reports Ito publicly apologized last week for the lab’s ties to Epstein.

He adds that he would raise the equivalent and donate it nonprofits that work with survivors of trafficking.

 



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