Rebecca MacKinnon looks at issues of privacy, free expression and governance (or lack of) in the digital networks, platforms and services on which we are all increasingly dependent.

Why you should listen

As we push more and more of our social lives online, should we be (and how should we be) regulating these networks? Is there a human rights penalty we pay for trusting basic human connection to the Internet? As a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Rebecca MacKinnon looks at these big questions in her upcoming book, Consent of the Networked, “a treatise on the future of liberty in the Internet age.”

A former head of CNN’s Beijing and Tokyo bureaus, MacKinnon is an expert on Chinese Internet censorship. She’s one of the founders (with Ethan Zuckerman) of the Global Voices Online blog network, which aggregates and translates news around the world that might otherwise go unheard.Follw her tweets at @RMack.

She says: "The Egyptian Revolution makes it clear that digital technologies play a powerful role in global politics. But we should expect that role to be unpredictable."

What others say

"Just listening to her was like reading a fine book that encompassed truth while educating." — Richard Lewis, comment on RConversation

Rebecca MacKinnon’s TED talks

Quotes from Rebecca MacKinnon

Each and every one of us has a vital part to play in building the kind of world in which government and technology serve the world’s people and not the other way around.
Rebecca MacKinnon
TEDGlobal 2011 • 606K views Jul 2011
Persuasive, Informative
Even the leader of the free world needs a little help from the sultan of Facebookistan if he wants to get reelected next year.
Rebecca MacKinnon
TEDGlobal 2011 • 606K views Jul 2011
Persuasive, Informative
The only legitimate purpose of government is to serve citizens, and … the only legitimate purpose of technology is to improve our lives, not to manipulate or enslave us.
Rebecca MacKinnon
TEDGlobal 2011 • 606K views Jul 2011
Persuasive, Informative