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Archived Biography: Rebecca MacKinnon is a veteran journalist who has enthusiastically embraced the new world of weblogs and participatory media. She is co-founder with Berkman fellow Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices Online, an international online citizens’ media project housed at the BerkmanCenter.

Rebecca worked for CNN in Northeast Asia for over a decade, serving as CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001 and as Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. She has also covered major news events in North and South Korea, Pakistan, and the Philippines

Since becoming a Berkman fellow in mid-2004, Rebecca has written and spoken extensively about the future of global participatory media and was primary organizer of the Blogging, Journalism, and Credibility conference at Harvard in January 2005. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Rebecca also speaks and writes frequently on issues related to the internet in China.  Her personal weblog is

Before coming to the Berkman Center, Rebecca studied the relationship between international news and weblogs as a media fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. As part of her research project there she founded a weblog on North Korea, North Korea zone.

Prior to joining CNN in Beijing in 1992, Rebecca was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, where she also worked as a freelance journalist for a number of publications, including Newsweek. Originally from Tempe, Arizona, Rebecca graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she majored in Government with a focus on international relations. As a child she lived with her parents and brother in Beijing, New Delhi, and Hong Kong.

In January 2007, Rebecca relocated to Hong Kong, where she is Assistant Professor for New Media at Hong Kong University's Journalism and Media Studies Centre.

Projects & Tools

Global Voices

Global Voices Online is an online citizen media community dedicated to amplifying independent online voices from outside North America and Europe.


Feb 1, 2005

Blogging, Journalism & Credibility Final Report

"Blogging, Journalism, and Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground" was a conference held in late January 2005 at Harvard, at which a group of 50 journalists, bloggers, news…


Feb 15, 2011

Questions for Secretary Clinton concerning "Internet freedom"

Faculty associate Matthew Hindman provoked an energetic email exchange among members of the extended Berkman Center community today, in anticipation of Secretary Clinton's …

Aug 14, 2008

Chinese blogger Twitters his detention; GV translates

Global Voices reports on citizen reporter Zhou “Zuola” Shuguang's detention and release, all detailed via his Twitter stream...

Jul 21, 2008

The world of Global Voices, rising

Global Voices Online has announced an Executive Director! In August, Ivan Sigal will take the helm, joining Managing Director Georgia Popplewell and GVO's international team and…

Mar 25, 2008

On Tibet

Protests in Tibet - and the Chinese crackdown and troop build-up in Lhasa and elsewhere - have dominated headlines this week. China's blocking of YouTube and other measures…


Feb 2, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation

In her timely book, Rebecca MacKinnon warns that a convergence of unchecked government actions and unaccountable company practices is threatening the future of democracy and human…

Mar 3, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

The Tao of the Web: China and the future of the Internet

Rebecca MacKinnon

Most English-language discussions about "the future of the Internet" approach the subject from an Anglo-American and European perspective. But what if you take China - now with…

Nov 4, 2006 @ 12:30 PM

Journalism Education and the Internet

Rebecca MacKinnon, Berkman Fellow

Rebecca MacKinnon discussed "Journalism Education and the Internet: Help plan a cutting-edge 'New Media Workshop' for J-school students in Hong Kong"

Mar 29, 2005 @ 12:30 PM

Global Voices Online

Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman

Berkman Luncheon Series: 3/29/05 - Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman on Global Voices

Dec 9, 2004 @ 12:00 AM

Internet & Society Conference 2004 (IS2k4): Votes, Bits, and Bytes

The Internet & Society 2004 conference, entitled "Votes, Bits, and Bytes," took place on December 9 - 11, 2004, on the Harvard campus.

May 1, 2000 @ 11:28 PM

Arguing the Violence Against Women Act: Two Views

A live webcast discussion featuring: Professor Charles Fried and Professor Catharine MacKinnon

Arguing the Violence Against Women Act: Two Views