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Rebecca MacKinnon

I conduct research, writing and advocacy on global Internet policy, free expression, and the impact of digital technologies on human rights. My first book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, was published by Basic Books in late January 2012. After leaving a 12-year career in China and Japan with CNN, I co-founded Global Voices with Ethan Zuckerman in 2004, and have been working on citizen media projects and free speech advocacy ever since. I currently serve on GV's board. For more about me click here.

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Latest posts by Rebecca MacKinnon

7 June 2012

Netizen Report: Telecoms Edition

In this week's survey of the struggle for freedom and control of the global Internet, our team begins in Ethiopia where the introduction of new telecommunications infrastructure is creating a...

31 May 2012

Netizen Report: Mexican Spring Edition

Galvanized online, tens of thousands of protesters marched in Mexico's capital last week calling for more engaging issue campaigns by politicians and less biased reporting by mainstream media of the...

22 May 2012

Netizen Report: Eurovision Edition

Azerbaijan, host of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, has faced a number of digital disruptions as it prepares to host the annual singing competition this week, alongside criticism of its...

17 May 2012

Netizen Report: RuNet Edition

Our weekly review of developments in the global struggle for freedom and control of the Internet begins in Russia, where citizen media has been under attack in the wake of...

9 May 2012

Netizen Report: Raise Your Voice Edition

In our weekly report on the global battle for freedom and control of the Internet, we begin in India where activists are fuming over the country’s sweeping new Internet restrictions...

1 May 2012

Netizen Report: Follow What You Believe Edition

Our inaugural weekly report honors Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, who was arrested in 2009 for violating Thailand's Computer Crimes Act because she failed to delete a user comment insulting the King...

25 April 2012

Netizen Report: Firewall Edition

On April 12, the Chinese Internet was cut off from the global Internet for about two hours, for reasons that remain unknown. Meanwhile, netizens around the world have been busy...

11 April 2012

Netizen Report: Legislative Edition

Democratic nations face a challenge in finding the right balance between national security imperatives on the one hand and the need to protect citizens’ freedoms on the other. In this...

26 March 2012

Netizen Report: Resistance Edition

Pakistan’s anti-censorship activists recently proved how coordinated, global and local action can make a real difference. Meanwhile the global fight for netizen rights in cyberspace continues. Weiping Li, Mera Szendro...

7 March 2012

Netizen Report: Community Edition

In this week’s Netizen Report we are excited to spotlight the ways in which the global netizen community is turning the Internet into a platform of participatory politics and preserving...