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Our founders, volunteers, and staff are represented on our Board along with some of the most influential innovators in global online media.

  • Ethan Zuckerman

    portrait of Ethan ZuckermanEthan Zuckerman is the director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab.  He is the author of “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection”, published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at https://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

    Rebecca MacKinnon

    portrait of Rebecca MacKinnon

    Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project, based at the New America Foundation. She is the author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom (Basic Books, January 2012). She is also co-founder, along with Ethan Zuckerman, of Global Voices, serves on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and is a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative.

    Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked as a journalist for CNN in Beijing for nine years and was Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001, then served as CNN’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. From 2004-06 she was a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where she began her ongoing research and writing about the Chinese Internet.

    James Deane (Chair)

    jamesdeane_smlJames Deane is Director of Policy and Learning at BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity.  He has more than 30 years’ experience of supporting independent media and journalism around the world.  He is a founding member and former Executive Director of the Panos Institute, founded in 1986 to support developing country journalism.  He is a leading commentator and adviser on media development issues and author and commissioner of numerous papers, briefings, books and features on the role of media in society. His current principal focus is on the role of media in fragile and divided societies and he has written and commissioned several BBC Media Action policy briefings on this and other issues. He is an elected steering committee member of the Global Forum for Media Development and sits on the advisory boards of the Communication Initiative, the UK Research Partnership on Conflict, Crime and Security and the London School of Economics Department of Media and Communications.

    Mary Kay Magistad

    Mary Kay Magistad directs the audio journalism program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and hosts the “Whose Century Is It?” podcast, a Webby Award honoree about ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century. An East Asia correspondent for more than two decades, Mary Kay reported for NPR, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe from Southeast Asia, before opening NPR’s first Beijing bureau in 1996, and reporting throughout China during the late ‘90s. After Nieman and Radcliffe fellowships at Harvard, she returned to China for another decade as the award-winning East Asia correspondent for PRI/BBC’s “The World,” focusing both on China’s transformation within its borders and the global impact of its rise. Mary Kay has been a fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, and a judge for the Overseas Press Club awards.

    Qurratulain Zaman (Volunteers representative)

    Qurratulain Zaman is a journalist who has worked with one of Pakistan’s daily “Daily Times” and Germany’s international broadcaster “Deutsche Welle”. One of her recent projects is to launch a virtual- newsroom for citizen journalists in Pakistan under the umbrella of PakVotes. PV brought social media platforms together with a network of reporters to track violence during Pakistan’s 2013 elections. She is remotely managing PakVoices, which is a digital community media project for local transparency in governance in Southern Punjab and Makran Coast. She splits her time between London, Bonn & Islamabad. She tweets at @natrani.

    Marianne Díaz Hernández (Volunteers’ representative)

    Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure, and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO Acceso Libre, a volunteer-based organization that documents threats to human rights in the online environment in Venezuela. She's also a volunteer for Creative Commons, having served as Legal Lead of the Venezuelan chapter for the last three years. Marianne currently works as a public policy analyst for the Latin American NGO Derechos Digitales. She's volunteered for Global Voices, and particularly for the Advox project, since 2010. She has also published several fiction books. You can always find her on Twitter!

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