Rebecca MacKinnon · April, 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 April, 2005

Friday World Blog Roundup

  29 April 2005

Spreading the blog gospel (blogspel?): Hossein Derakhshan (aka Hoder) posts his recent presentation on How Weblogs are affecting Iran. He also outlines his upcoming talk on how to make a blogosphere. Mideast: The Lebanese Blogger Forum points out that Lebanese expatriates outnumber Lebanese in Lebanon, and is supporting a campaign...

Interview with Riverbend about her book

Alternet has an interview with Riverbend, the “Girl Blogger from Iraq.” An excerpt: Lakshmi Chaudhry: Let's start with the obvious: why did you start writing a blog? The first person to encourage me to write a blog was Salam Pax of “Where is Raed?.” After the war he suggested I...

Thursday World Blog Roundup

  28 April 2005

Blog activism: In the wake of recent earthquakes and tsunamis, Brandmalaysia's Mack Zufikli has launched a blog-driven campaign to get the Malaysian government to include the needs of the disabled in their evacuation plans. Mideast: Mahmood at Mahmood's Den is defying the new Bahraini government regulations requiring that all websites...

Wednesday World Blog Roundup

  27 April 2005

Photo of the day. Sabbah reports that Qatar will replace child camel-jockeys with robots. We are hoping to make the world blog roundups a regular (and eventually daily) feature of Global Voices. This is still in the experimental stages. We're playing around with format and approach. It will improve as...

Isaac Mao's take on the China protests

  27 April 2005

Isaac Mao believes theres not more to the anti-Japan protests than just government manipulation: Just in these two days, China gov tighten the control of internet to prevent from any callings on new protest. Yesterday, the spokesman of Minisry of Public Security warned that any online organizing or gossip on...

Tagging for Chinese-Japanese dialogue.

  20 April 2005

USE THIS TAG: cn_jp_dialog We've had some Sino-Japanese-U.S. email exchanges going on to discuss the best way to foster a rational discussion on the latest Chinese-Japanese tensions. Eventually a group blog and/or aggregator may be set up but we agreed that probably the best way to start is through a...

How can we promote Chinese-Japanese dialogue online?

  19 April 2005

Joi Ito has a thoughtful post responding to the anti-Japanese demonstrations in China. An excerpt: As a Japanese who has a great deal of sympathy and empathy for China, what I find difficult is trying to understand the various threads and how Japanese people can try to make a difference....

Blogging Safely

  9 April 2005

Thanks to Curt Hopkins of the Committee to Protect Bloggers for pointing out that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a guide: How to Blog Safely. While many of the suggestions focus on how to avoid getting fired in the American or Western European context, the document also addresses the...

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