Rebecca MacKinnon · March, 2005

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 March, 2005

Freedom to Connect

  30 March 2005

I'm currently in Washington D.C. at the Freedom to Connect conference. There is a live audio stream and live chat, linked from the top of the conference website. The conference tagline: "The future of telecommunications is in play. Freedom to Connect will shape the debate." I'll be speaking on Global...

Global Voices Brainstorm: live webcast & IRC

  28 March 2005

UPDATE: THE WEBCAST WILL BE AT: rtsp://h2odev.law.harvard.edu:554/global.sdp The IRC channel is #globalvoices on irc://irc.freenode.net Ethan Zuckerman and I will hold a brainstorming session about Global Voices here at the Berkman Center tomorrow at 12:30pm Eastern time (17:30 GMT). If you can't be here in person, please join us remotely. We...

How to set up a free videoblog

  26 March 2005

(Corrected with more info.) It looks pretty easy, for anybody from anywhere. Thanks to these simple instructions created by Michael Verdi and emailed to GV by Peter Van Dijck. Peter points to what he says is the most complete video blog directory to date. It would be great if people...

The Malaysian Blogosphere: chat with Mack Zulkifli and Jeff Ooi

  26 March 2005

(photo courtesy Jeff Ooi) Malaysian bloggers Jeff Ooi and Mack Zulkifli have been blogging up a storm lately about attempts by vested political and business interests in Subang Jaya, who want to build a “food court” in the spot where a badly-needed police station was planned. (The neighborhood where the...

Introducing Peter Tan

  25 March 2005

In the intro to his blog, The Digital Awakening, Peter Tan writes: I am a Roman Catholic Malaysian Chinese, born and bred in Penang, late-thirties, suffered spinal cord injury at eighteen, paralysed from chest down and afflicted with chronic kidney failure. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Chatting...

Malaysian Blogs: Live IRC intervew & chat, Friday 15:00GMT (10:00am EST)

  24 March 2005

Malaysian bloggers Jeff Ooi and Mack Zulkifli will help me kick off our first LIVE Globalvoices online IRC interview and chat. Join us Friday (tomorrow) at 15:00GMT (10:00am Friday EST, 23:00 Friday China time, etc.) IRC location: #globalvoices on Freenode. (irc://irc.freenode.net/#globalvoices). Unfamiliar with IRC chat? For instructions on how to...

The China situation: Q&A with Isaac Mao

  21 March 2005

Chinese blogger Isaac Mao has been watching the latest crackdown on internet bulletin boards and website registration with great concern. I e-mailed him some questions which he was kind enough to answer: Rebecca: Up until now bulletin boards have remained the number-one way that Chinese communicate on the internet. Will...

Chinese protest BBS crackdown

  20 March 2005

Photos: 2005.3.18 Fete-Day for SMTH BBS on Community.webshots.com Xiao Qiang reports at China Digital Times that Chinese students have been protesting vigorously online – and more cautiously offline – after Chinese authorities began restricting access to some of China's most influential online bulletin boards . Xiao reports: From March 16,...

Madrid audio posted

  16 March 2005

Thanks to Gohsuke Tanaka for posting the audio from our Internet track at the International Summit on Democracy, Security and Terrorism. The audio for the Day 1 workshop leading to our Infrastructure of Democracy document is here. The document makes recommendations to governments about how to avoid destroying free speech...

Internet, Democracy & Terrorism

  9 March 2005

Ethan Z and I (among others) are Madrid now, at the Safe Democracy conference, where people from around the world have gathered to discuss how you fight terrorism without destroying democracy. See some news coverage here, here and here. Joi Ito has organized a workshop focusing on internet issues. As...

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