Rebecca MacKinnon · May, 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 May, 2005

Thursday World Blog Roundup

27 May 2005

Rich pickings today from Southeast Asia: The Filipino Librarian has launched a campaign with the Filipino blogging community to correct the online image of Filipinas – women of the Philippines. Click on all these links and support their campaign. Inside PCIJ blogs a recent report about the state of women...

Wednesday World Blog Roundup

25 May 2005

Middle East: Chan'ad Bahraini is sad about Bahrain's wilting environment. Photo: dead date palms. Mahmood wonders if recent international media attention will shame the Bahraini government from stifling free speech on the internet. Linda asks why offices depicted in Arabic soap operas rarely seem to have computers in them. Mohammed...

Monday World Blog Roundup

SOUTH ASIA: Photo: “Cheapest Commuter” by Karachiblog. Kiruba reports on the Nth Chennai bloggers’ meeting. SelectiveAmnesia has pictures. MIDDLE EAST: Iran's Guardian Council has released its approved list of presidential candidates and the reformist blogging candidate Mostafa Moeen is not among them. Some blogger reaction: – Mr. Behi says the...

The World Reacts to Star Wars

  22 May 2005

I'm tracking posts about Star Wars written by bloggers around the world at the starwars+globalvoices tag.  If you find more Star Wars related posts from international blogs, please contribute to the list by tagging them with BOTH "starwars" and "globalvoices". Mr. Brown wins the prize for the most original...

Friday World Blog Roundup

  20 May 2005

South Asia: Dina Metha has a photo essay of village women in India. (photo: Dina Metha) The Corporate Social Responsibility weblog points to a report that there are 315,000 child laborers in Pakistan. Eurasia: Blogrel summarizes Armenian media reports about the U.S. billionaire Kirk Kirkorian, who is of Armenian descent,...

Thursday World Blog Roundup

  20 May 2005

Southeast Asia: Kennysia in Malaysia speculates on an upcoming Singapore bloggers’ meeting this summer, with some great programming suggestions and hilarious graphics! (Featured on mock poster: Mr. Brown and Xiaxue. ) How come nobody ever made these for the BloggerCons??? Mack at Brandmalaysia discusses Malaysia's “worst managed company.” Sarasonteh points...

Wednesday World Blog Roundup

  19 May 2005

Central Asia: Picture: “By The Kabul River” By Afghan Lord. Waheed at Afghan Warrior weighs in on the recent anti-U.S. protests, in the wake of Newsweek's now-retracted story. He believes the Taliban tried but failed to take advantage of the situation. Nathan of was interviewed by the BBC about...

OJR article about Bahraini Blogs

Bahrain's bloggers are helping to bring international media attention to their country. Last week there was a long Wall Street Journal article. Now Mark Glaser of the Online Journalism Review has a long article all about the Bahraini blogosphere: Online forums, bloggers become vital media outlets in Bahrain The small...

Tuesday World Blog Roundup

  18 May 2005

South Asia: Just a Little Something reports on the Bangalore Bloggers Meetup. Muthu has video and more pix. Dina Metha reports that the Indian government has offered accreditation to bloggers. But do they want it? [Update Note: link to Dina's blog now fixed. Was wrong before.] United We Blog marks...

Global Voices on Radio Open Source

  15 May 2005

Radio Open Source, a new public radio show hosted from Cambridge, Massachusetts by Chris Lydon, devoted its second pilot show on Friday entirely to Global Voices. The show featured conversations on the phone with bloggers Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder), Ndesanjo Macha, Dina Mehta, Steve McDermott, and Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman,...

Friday World Blog Roundup

  13 May 2005

Central Asia: Kudos to Lyndon at Scraps of Moscow and Nathan at for their excellent collection of posts and links, aggregating and translation (by Lyndon) of information about the Uzbekistan uprising. Baltics: This picture appeared around Latvia during President Bush's visit. All About Latvia explains what “Peace Duke” means....

Uzbekistan breaking news

Thanks to for pointing out that the “Scraps of Moscow” blog is translating news and analysis from the Russian press on the Uzbekistan protest and crackdown story… in which troops are reported to have fired on protestors. Click here and here. If you have links to any more blog-coverage...

Thursday World Blog Roundup

  12 May 2005

Africa: Picture via Sotho, drawn by 13-year old McGlen of Johannesburg, South Africa. He wants to be a veterinarian. Courtesy Creative Connections. Thinkers Room says it shouldn't be this hard. Afromusing thinks Kenya needs a “hygrid.” Special Blog Coverage: Iranian Presidential elections: Mr. Behi thinks U.S. pressure on Iran over...

Wednesday World Blog Roundup

  11 May 2005

Africa: Congrats to Jewels in the Jungle on the first anniversary of this excellent African issues blog. Jewels is running a great series of photos of Ugandan schoolchildren by photographer Susanne Behnke taken in 2003. See them here, here and here. Black Looks has started a bimonthly roundup of Nigerian...

Tuesday World Blog Roundup

  11 May 2005

Iran: Iranian presidential candidate Dr. Mostafa Moeen recently met with bloggers. (Moeen also has his own blog in Persian.) Adventures of Mr. Behi has a detailed account – in English! – of the meeting. If you click through nothing else on this post today, click through to that. Omid of...

Monday World Blog Roundup

  9 May 2005

Middle East: Woodstock in the sand dunes? Chan'ad Bahraini has a long report and many photos on a large and peaceful protest in Bahrain demanding constitutional reform. (No sign of this story in the mainstream Western media that I have found.) He says the protest had a “Woodstock feel” to...

Brainstorming for a more global conversation

  7 May 2005

I thought this morning's Global Voices session went pretty well. Most of the people in the room were, of course, American. I started by talking about how – according to initial findings by Ethan Zuckerman – the American blogosphere actually talks about less of the world than the mainstream media...

Blog for Human Rights!

  7 May 2005

Human Rights Watch is encouraging bloggers to use their RSS feeds and blog for human rights. HRW would like to help bloggers get the information they need to blog more frequently about human rights issues around the world. Show you care, put their feeds in your aggregator, and join the...

Thursday World Blog Roundup

  5 May 2005

Middle East: The UK isn't the only place where elections were held today… Bethlehem bloggers are closely following “the first local elections in 30 years.” (Photo: Beit Sahour polling station, Bethlehem, courtesy Bethlehem Bloggers.) Rafahpundits is all over the latest news from local elections in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip....

Wednesday World Blog Roundup

  4 May 2005

Middle East: Chan'ad Bahraini has a series of good photos and a long blog post about Tuesday's demonstration in front of Bahrain's Ministry of Information. He says 40-50 people gathered to oppose the ministry's decision to press charges against three moderators of the online forum, one of whom is...

Tuesday World Blog Roundup

  3 May 2005

Middle East: Firas Georges of Iraq&Iraqis reflects on Iraq's future from Dubai while on his first-ever vacation outside of Iraq. (Photo of Emirates Towers, Dubai, by Saudi) Iraq the Model gives an English summary of a firsthand blog account in Arabic about a freshly discovered mass grave. Riverbend of Baghdad...

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