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.
Latest posts by Rebecca MacKinnon from October, 2011
At the Third Arab Bloggers Meeting in Tunis earlier this month, Moez Chakchouk, Chairman and CEO of the Tunisian Internet Agency, gave an amazing presentation in which he revealed that under Ben Ali, his agency had secretly tested censorship and surveillance software for Western companies. He wants to turn his agency into a transparent and neutral Internet exchange point. But whether he will succeed depends in part on the outcome of the October 23rd Constituent Assembly elections, and Tunisia's unfolding political process over the coming year.
This week we begin with Occupy Wall Street and the global "Occupy" protest movement: how the movement has galvanized hacktivists and citizen journalists, and how it has brought the issue of search and seizure of data on cellphone to the forefront in the United States and around the democratic world. We then move on to a roundup of the latest developments on surveillance and censorship, latest actions by companies both positive and negative, issues with Internet governance, and more. Don't forget to check out the list of upcoming events at the end of the post!
This edition of our new series on the power dynamics between governments, companies, and citizens covers a range of developments: the Internet Governance Forum; the 3rd Arab Bloggers Conference; the latest news in surveillance and censorship; the latest news from some of the world's biggest Internet companies that impact our lives; a list of interesting publications; and some events you may be interested in attending, either in person or remotely.