Rebecca MacKinnon · July, 2007

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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Hong Kong: GV Editor Oiwan Lam faces court battle over Flickr photo

  16 July 2007

On May 11th, Oiwan Lam, Global Voices Northeast Asia Editor, committed what she says was a deliberate act of civil disobedience. Writing on the citizen media website InMedia Hong Kong, Oiwan called on her readers to post links to erotic websites and also included an artsy photo of a topless woman that she found on Flickr, the photo sharing site owned by Yahoo!. The post was originally published here, but has now been removed from the InMedia site and posted on a Wordpress.com blog. As Boingboing and others reported earlier this week, Oiwan's post has been classified as "Class II indecent" by Hong Kong's Obscene Articles Tribunal.

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