Rebecca MacKinnon · November, 2004

I am co-founder with Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices and presently a board member of the organization.

After wandering the earth for many years, I presently live in Washington, DC, where I am an independent writer, researcher and advocate for digital rights. Previously I founded and ran Ranking Digital Rights. My first book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, was published in 2012. I am also a founding member of the Global Network Initiative and board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Before moving to Washington DC in 2010 I was a visiting fellow at Princeton's Center For Information Technology Policy. In 2009 I was an Open Society Institute Fellow. In 2007 and 2008 I taught online journalism at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. From 2004-06 I spent three years at Harvard, mainly as a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, which is where Ethan and I started Global Voices.

Before all of that, from 1992-2003 I worked for CNN in Asia including as Bureau Chief in Beijing and Tokyo. I covered stories from Taiwan to Korea (North and South) to Pakistan. I'm fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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Latest posts by Rebecca MacKinnon from November, 2004

Operation “Viral Freedom”

  18 November 2004

Spirit of America is funding the development of an Arabic blogging tool. The vendor is iUpload. Beta testing starts in December.  Here is how they describe the project: We are funding the development of an Arabic blogging (Web logging) tool and, with donor support, we will host the blogs at...

Updated session plan

  15 November 2004

Due to changes and additions in the participant list, here is our updated session plan for Saturday Dec. 11th: 9-10:30: Intro: Rebecca and Ethan. Why we're doing this. How we'd like to use blogging and blog tools to help people in different countries hold more meaningful and direct conversations with...

Global Voices Aggregator

  15 November 2004

I have created a special aggregator for GVO. All confirmed participants with blogs or a site with an RSS feed have been plugged into it. All confirmed participants are also being given author access to the Bloglines aggregator (you should all receive an email about this). I've set up different...

Death threats against Hoder

  6 November 2004

Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, aka Hoder, is concerned about death threats against him and other Iranian bloggers emanating from a blog called Islamic Army.

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