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Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights

Rebecca MacKinnon

Residency: Oct. 14-25, 2019

Public Talk

Corporate Accountability and the Future of Democracy and Human Rights
Oct. 16, 2019
Pacific Leadership Fellows Bennett Freeman, a leading corporate responsibility advocate and former U.S. human rights diplomat and Rebecca MacKinnon, an influential authority on the internet and human rights, offered insights from working with companies, activists, investors and policymakers to set standards for corporate responsibility and accountability.


Rebecca MacKinnon is founding Director of the Ranking Digital Rights program at New America, leading a team that works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet. In the 2019-20 academic year she is also a University of California Free Speech and Civic Engagement Fellow. MacKinnon is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices. She also serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and is a founding member of the Global Network Initiative. MacKinnon was CNN’s Beijing and Tokyo Bureau Chief. She served on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre and taught as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

MacKinnon received her AB in Government from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan. 

During her residency, she will share her perspective on the role of media in US-China relations.


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A marriage of policy and advocacy
Oct. 28, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
A Q&A with fellows and human rights advocates Bennett Freeman and Rebecca MacKinnon during their residency at the Center on Global Transformation