About Rebecca MacKinnon


Rebecca MacKinnon is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation where she works on issues related to the Internet, human rights, and corporate accountability. Her first book, "Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom," was published in January 2012 by Basic Books. She is cofounder of Global Voices Online (globalvoicesonline.org) an international citizen media network. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder organization that advances corporate responsibility and human rights in the technology sector. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked as a journalist for CNN in Beijing for nine years, serving as CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001 and then as CNN’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. From 2004-06 she was a Fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press and Public Policy Research Fellow and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, both at Harvard. In 2007-08 she served on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre, where she taught online journalism and conducted research on Chinese Internet censorship. In 2009 she continued her research and writing as an Open Society Institute Fellow, then spent the first half of 2010 as a visiting fellow at Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. She received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Netizen Report: WCIT Edition

This report was researched, written, and edited by Alex Laverty, Weiping Li, Renata Avila, Hisham Almiraat, Chan Myae Khine, Sarah Myers, and Rebecca MacKinnon.

The World Conference on Information Technology (WCIT) which opened in Dubai on Monday, 3 December 2012, is … Read more


Netizen Report: Facebookistan Edition

Originally published 29 November 2012 by Global Voices Advocacy.

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This report was researched, written, and edited by Chan Myae Khine, Weiping Li, Renata Avila, Sarah Myers, and Rebecca MacKinnon.

Facebook has faced another … Read more


Netizen Report: #Gaza Edition

This report was originally published on 22 November 2012 on Global Voices Advocacy. 

Twitter user @KhaledSawa shares a photo of his neighbor’s house in Gaza burning after being shelled on November 15, 2012.

This report was researched, written, and edited by … Read more


China: Digital Evolution

The Chinese Communist Party may have completed its once-in-a-decade leadership transition, but the future of media in China remains as unclear as the rest of China’s political and economic future.

Since Xi Jinping was anointed as China’s top leader last week, … Read more


Netizen Report: Chinese Leadership & Censorship Edition

This edition was first published on 15 November at Global Voices Advocacy.

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This report was researched, written, and edited by Weiping Li, Renata Avila, Chan Myae Khine, Hisham Almiraat, Sarah Myers, and Rebecca … Read more


Netizen Report: Baku Edition

This report was first published on 7 November, 2012 at Global Voices Advocacy.

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This report was researched, written, and edited by Hisham Almiraat, Chan Myae Khine, Renata Avila, Alex Laverty, Weiping Li, Sarah Myers, … Read more


Why Internet governance matters for press freedom

This is a guest post by Rebecca Mackinnon.

As the annual United Nations-run Internet Governance Forum (IGF) convenes in Baku, Azerbaijan this week, it is a bitter irony that a multi-stakeholder conference to discuss the Internet’s future is being held in a country … Read more


Netizen Report: Cyber-Police Edition

This post was first published on 2 November 2012 at Global Voices Advocacy.

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This report was researched, written, and edited by Weiping Li, Chan Myae Khine, Hisham Almiraat, Renata Avila, Alex Laverty, Sarah Myers and … Read more


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Introducing the Global Voices Netizen Report

Many readers of this blog are likely familiar with Global Voices (GV), the international citizen media website that I co-founded with Ethan Zuckerman in 2004. While the main site curates, translates, and contextualizes conversations and reports coming from all over … Read more