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Rebecca MacKinnon's postings about work, reading, and ideas from 2004-2011.

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:38:33 PST


Now blogging on my book blog at

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:38:33 PST

Please note that I have shifted my regular blogging activity over to my book's website at Click here to subscribe to that blog's RSS feed, or subscribe to email updates by clicking on the link under "follow blog by...

Netizen Report: Fight for the Future Edition

Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:51:23 PST

Meet Khaled Alaa Abdel Fattah, born last Tuesday to two Egyptian cyber-activists: mother Manal Bahey al-Din Hassan and father Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who is currently in prison. Khaled is named after Khaled Said, the young man whose violent death at...

An open thank you letter to Global Voices, on International Volunteer Day

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 08:14:51 PST

Today is International Volunteer Day, a celebration of the millions of people around the world who give their time, energy and wisdom to projects and causes they care about. Volunteers feed the hungry, care for the sick, comfort the grieving....

The Great Firewall of America

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 22:33:32 PST

Last month the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk sent a letter to the Chinese government requesting information about its censorship practices. The middle kingdom’s response: a polite middle finger. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu declared that Chinese censorship follows “international...

Surveillance and Censorship in India

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:10:51 PST

Chapter 9 of my forthcoming book opens with quotes from an infamous April 2011 BBC interview with RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, in which he ends the interview abruptly after the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones presses him to answer questions about RIM's...