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.
Latest posts by Rebecca MacKinnon from February, 2005
Reporters Without Borders has taken a delegation of cyber-dissidents to the U.N.'s preparatory meeting for the World Summit on Internet & Society this week. Global Voices is naturally concerned about efforts by governments that do not uphold free speech to interfere with internet governance. RWB has come out with an...
For more on Ben Walker's profile of Hossein Derakhshan and his Persian blogging community, click here.
We're drafting a proposal for a project that (if approved and funded) would make Global Voices part of what the Berkman Center does officially. Please visit the wiki to check it out and add your suggestions/comments/changes. Thanks!