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Director, Ranking Digital Rights
Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) project at New America, leading a team that works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights. RDR’s Corporate Accountability Index ranks the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards.
Rebecca is author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012), and co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Rebecca was CNN’s Bureau Chief and correspondent in China and Japan between 1998-2004. She has taught at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein and Berkman Centers, the Open Society Foundations, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and New America. She received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University, was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, and currently lives in Washington DC.
Rebecca will chair Dave Winer’s keynote speech on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.