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

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 upcoming presidential election. This week's Netizen Report discusses this and other key Internet freedom and control issues.

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 human rights record. From there our Netizen Report team takes you on this week's tour of the global struggle for freedom and control of the Internet.

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 President Putin's inauguration. From there we travel on to China, Iran, Syria, India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Facebookistan, Twitterland, the United Nations, and more.

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 on objectionable content. From there we survey the global state of censorship, surveillance, activism, corporate actions and government regulation.

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 of Thailand quickly enough. Also covered, censorship, surveillance, copyright and other net freedom issues from around the world.

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 fighting threats to their freedom of all kinds. All the details are brought to you by our Netizen Report team: Weiping Li, Mera Szendro Bok, James Losey, Grady Johnson, and Sarah Myers.

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 week’s report we highlight several solutions that fall too far on the former side.

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 Bok, James Losey, and Sarah Myers provide an overview in our latest twice-monthly edition of the Netizen Report.

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 digital culture.

21 February 2012

Netizen Report: Combat Edition

Most of this report was researched, written, and edited by Weiping Li, Mera Szendro Bok, and Sarah Myers. The past two weeks have been highly tumultuous for Internet activists around...