MIT scholars resigned in connection with the Epstein scandal and received millions of dollars in donations

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 MIT scholars resigned in connection with the Epstein scandal and received millions of dollars in donations


Peng Mei Journalist Nan Boyi

Joi Ito, director of MIT Media Lab, officially confirmed his resignation on July 7.

According to the New York Times, the decision was mainly due to its relationship with Jeffrey Edward Epstein, who recently died in prison and was the subject of a number of sexual crimes.

In an e-mail to Martin A. Schmidt, the dean of MIT, Ito said, Ive had a lot of reflection over the past few weeks. I think the best solution is to resign as director of the Media Lab and as professor and staff of the Institute, with immediate effect.

The previous day, a New Yorker story revealed Ito and others trying to cover up the relationship between his media lab and Epstein.

The report cites dozens of pages of e-mail and other documents, revealing that Ito still received a large amount of donations from Epstein after knowing that Epstein had been listed as an unqualified donor to MIT, and tried to hide its relationship with the laboratory.

According to the New Yorker report, Epsteins connection with MIT Media Lab is far beyond most peoples imagination. On September 4, Ito admitted at an internal meeting that he had received $525,000 from the Media Laboratory of Epstein and $1.2 million for his private business. In addition, two other donors, New York financiers and New York financiers, had contributed $7.5 million to the Media Laboratory. Billionaire Leon Black and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the former worlds richest man, reported that the donations were made by Epstein.

After the scandal was exposed, the laboratorys associate professor, Isan Zackman, announced that he had left the laboratory to protest against its links with Epstein.

According to the report, Ito told Peter Cohen, director of development and strategy at the Media Lab in the mail category that Epsteins donation needed to be kept anonymous. Such concealment of the relationship between the laboratory and Epstein is widely spread in the laboratory. Some staff members in Itos office call Epstein Voldemort or the person who cant name him. MIT school officials were shocked by the incident. In a statement, MIT President Rafael Reeve said that the school would take the matter seriously and had asked the schools legal advisers to engage outside law firms to conduct an independent investigation. Ito has been on the board of the New York Times since 2012. He is also a board member of the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation. Source: Wang Fengzhi _NT2541

According to the report, Ito told Peter Cohen, director of development and strategy at the Media Lab in the mail category that Epsteins donation needed to be kept anonymous. Such concealment of the relationship between the laboratory and Epstein is widely spread in the laboratory. Some staff members in Itos office call Epstein Voldemort or the person who cant name him.

MIT school officials were shocked by the incident. In a statement, MIT President Rafael Reeve said that the school would take the matter seriously and had asked the schools legal advisers to engage outside law firms to conduct an independent investigation.

Ito has been on the board of the New York Times since 2012. He is also a board member of the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation.