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Rebecca MacKinnon

American journalist, digital rights activist, and co-founder of Global Voices

The Americas

Rebecca MacKinnon is an American journalist, speech activist, and expert on Internet censorship. She is co-founder of Global Voices Online, an international network of bloggers and citizen journalists reporting on events across the world. Fluent in Mandarin, MacKinnon worked for CNN in northeast Asia for over a decade, serving as Beijing bureau chief and correspondent from 1998 to 2001. She was awarded numerous fellowships including from Open Society Foundations, Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Press and Public Policy and its Law Schools Berkman Center for Internet and Society and finally the New America Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow. Her recent work focuses on global internet policy and the impact of digital technologies on human rights. MacKinnon serves on the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Global Network Initiative, and Global Voices Online. She is the author of “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom” (2012). MacKinnon is currently the director of Ranking Digital Rights, a project funded by the New America Foundation that ranks digital telecommunications and IT companies on free expression. She is married to Bennett Freeman, a human rights and business consultant, and resides in the Washington, D.C. area.