Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon (born September 16, 1969) is an author, researcher, Internet freedom advocate, and co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online . She is notable as a former CNN journalist who headed the CNN offices in Beijing and later in Tokyo. She is on the Board of Directors or the Committee to Protect Journalists , [1] a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative [2] and is Currently director of the Ranking Digital Rights Project at the New America Foundation ‘s Open Technology Institute.

Early life and education

Rebecca MacKinnon was born in Berkeley, California . When she was three years old, MacKinnon’s family moved to Tempe, Arizona , where re Father Stephen R. MacKinnon took a job as Professor of Chinese History at Arizona State University . Her parents’ academic research careers led to re suitable musts or re primary school years in Delhi , India , Hong Kong , and Beijing , China voordat moving back to Arizona for middle and high school. She graduated from Tempe High in 1987.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1991 with a BA in Government. After graduating, she served as a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan , where she’ll be worked as a Newsweek Stringer .



MacKinnon joined CNN in 1992 as Beijing Office Assistant and moved up to Producer / Correspondent in 1997 and Bureau Chief in 1998. [3] In 2001, she became Tokyo Bureau Chief. During re-time with CNN, she interviewed notable leaders waaronder Junichiro Koizumi , Dalai Lama , Pervez Musharraf , and Mohammad Khatami .


In the spring of 2004, MacKinnon was a fellow of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government . [4] That summer, she joined Harvard Law School ‘s Berkman Center for Internet & Society as a Research Fellow, where she remained Until January 2006. [5] Among re projects at the Berkman Center, MacKinnon founded Global Voices Online in collaboration with Ethan Zuckerman . [6]

In January 2007 she joined the Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong , where she remained Until January 2009. [7] From February 2009 to January 2010, she conducted research as an Open Society Fellow, funded by George Soros ‘ Open Society Institute . [8] Then in February 2010 she joined Princeton University ‘s Center for Information Technology Policy where she is a visiting fellow, working on a book about the future of freedom in the Internet age. [9] Regarding the Middle East, MacKinnon wrote that ‘the Internet empowers people and helps to bring about the Peaceful changes associated with the Arab Spring “. [10]

In September 2010, MacKinnon became a Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation . [11] She is Currently Director of the think tank’s Ranking Digital Rights project ontwikkelingslanden a methodology to rank the Internet, telecommunications, and other ICT sector companies on free expression and privacy criteria.

In January 2007 she joined the inaugural Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board.

Consent of the Networked

MacKinnon’s first book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom ( ISBN 978-0465024421 ), was published by Basic Books in January 2012 and won the Goldsmith Book Prize . In an interview, she zegt dat she argues in the book (onder other things) therein: [12]

We can not save assume therein the Internet will evolve automatisch in a direction dat is going to be compatible with democracy. It depends on how the technology is structured, governed, and was being. Governments and corporations are working actively to shape the Internet to fit hun eigen needs. The most insidious situations ARISE als zowel government and corporations combine hun policymaking to exercise power over the composition people at the assembly time, in largely unconstrained and unaccountable ways. This is why I argue dat if we the people do not wake up and fight for the protection of our own rights and interests on the Internet, we should not be surprised to wake up one day to find dat ze hebben been programmed, legislated, and sold away.


  1. Jump up^ “Rebecca MacKinnon, Ahmed Rashid, and Maria Teresa Ronderos join CPJ board – Committee to Protect Journalists” . . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
  2. Jump up^ “Board of Directors” . Global Network Initiative . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
  3. Jump up^ “CNN appoints Rebecca MacKinnon Beijing Bureau Chief” . March 30, 1998 . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
  4. Jump up^ “Spring 2004 Fellows – Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy” . . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
  5. Jump up^ “Rebecca MacKinnon | Berkman Center” . . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
  6. Jump up^ Rebecca MacKinnon. “Global Voices in English» We are Global Voices. Five years on ” . . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
  7. Jump up^ “Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong – Rebecca MacKinnon” . April 27, 2009 . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
  8. Jump up^ “Rebecca MacKinnon | Open Society Fellowship | Open Society Institute” . . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
  9. Jump up^ “Center for Information Technology Policy» Rebecca MacKinnon – Google, China, and Global Internet Freedom ” . February 11, 2010 . Retrieved 2010-07-17 .
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  11. Jump up^ “From re own blog” .
  12. Jump up^ Rosen, Rebecca J. (February 14, 2012). “The Fight for a Fair and Free Internet” . The Atlantic .