Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meet (or teleconference) four times a year.

Rebecca MacKinnon (Chairman)

portrait of Rebecca MacKinnonRebecca MacKinnon is a Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, conducting research, writing and advocacy on global Internet policy, free expression, and the impact of Internet technologies on human rights. She is one of the world’s foremost experts on Chinese Internet censorship. Her book Consent of the Networked, about the future of freedom in the Internet age, will be published in early 2012. MacKinnon is co-founder of Global Voices Online. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Global Network Initiative. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked as a journalist for CNN in Beijing for nine years, serving as CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001 and then as CNN’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. From 2004-06 she was a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where she began her study of the Chinese Internet in addition to launching Global Voices Online. In 2007-08 she served on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, where she taught online journalism and conducted research on Chinese Internet censorship. In 2009 she continued her research and writing as an Open Society Institute Fellow, and in the Spring of 2010 she was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Center or Information Technology Policy. MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and was a Fullbright scholar in Taiwan in 1991-92. Her blog is

Ethan Zuckerman

portrait of Ethan ZuckermanEthan Zuckerman is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. His research in the field of information and communication technology for development includes work on telecommunications policy, free and open source software, and citizen media. With Rebecca MacKinnon, he is the co-founder of Global Voices (, an award-winning international community of webloggers and citizen journalists. Prior to his work with Berkman and Global Voices, Ethan founded Geekcorps (, a volunteer organization which sent technology experts to work with ICT companies in the developing world. He is the former CTO of, a pioneering web hosting company based in Western Massachusetts, where he lives and works. He serves as advisor to several nonprofit projects that focus on technology and social change, and serves on the board of Open Society Institute’s US Program. His personal blog, “My Heart’s in Accra” is located at

Xeni Jardin

portrait of Xeni Jardin Xeni Jardin is a tech culture journalist, co-editor of the collaborative blog Boing Boing, and host and executive producer of the daily internet video program Boing Boing tv. Previously, she was Vice President of Rising Tide Studios (RTS), the publishing company behind Silicon Alley Reporter, Digital Coast Reporter, and other tech publications. There, she managed and hosted technology conferences featuring a wide array of figures from tech, entertainment, and political realms. Before joining RTS, she helped launch a technology company with former executives from Sun, Disney, and BEA. She is a Contributing Writer for WIRED, technology contributor for National Public Radio’s “Day to Day,” and host of NPR’s “Xeni Tech” podcast. Based in Los Angeles, she travels extensively, and has studied over a dozen languages including Maohi (Tahitian), K’iche’ and Kaqchikel Maya (Guatemala), Nahuatl (an indigenous language of Mexico), Mandarin Chinese, and Yoruba (Nigeria). See Xeni’s website.

Beth Kanter

portrait of Beth KanterBeth is the author of Beth’s Blog (, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits and co-author of the highly acclaimed book, The Networked Nonprofit, published  by J. Wiley in 2010.  Beth is the CEO of Zoetica, a company that serves nonprofits and socially conscious companies with top-tier, online marketing services.  In 2009, she was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.” She is  the Visiting Scholar for Social Media and Nonprofits for the Packard Foundation.  She is a Society of New Communications Research Fellow for 2010.  A much in demand speaker and trainer, she facilitated social media and nonprofit trainings around the world.   She serves on the board of Ushahidi and the Sharing Foundation.

Isaac Mao

portrait of Isaac MaoIsaac Mao is a blogger, software architect, entrepreneur, investor – and researcher in learning technology and social technology. He divides his time between research, social works, business and technology. He is now running/advising some non-profit programs and several for-profit businesses in China. As one of the earliest bloggers in the Chinese community, Isaac is not only co-founder of which is the earliest evangelizing site in China on grassroots publishing, but also the co-organizer of Chinese Blogger Conference (2005 in Shanghai, 2006 in Hangzhou). The CNBlog team then transformed into Social Brain Foundation(SBF) later on to promote free culture in China covering Free Access, Free Speech and Free Thinking areas. The current projects SBF is supporting includes Ideas Factory, Open Education and Creative Commons China, etc. He worked as a Chief Architect in Intel HomeCD project and Tangram BackSchool suite. He applied many HCI methodogies into software design process and improved the usability of software so much. He turns to Social Computing research and organized the first Social Software Forum in China. Isaac Mao earned BS degree in Computer Science and got MBA training program at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Isaac is also a pedagogy consultant to some local institutions. He acts as advisors for some local hi-tech firms on their business strategy. Isaac Mao was listed as the people of “2006-2016, Map of the Decade”, by Institute for the Future. He is also as director of Shanghai Youth Development Foundation. See Isaac’s Website.

David Weinberger

portrait of David Weinberger David Weinberger, Ph.D. is co-author of the bestseller, The Cluetrain Manifesto and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined; he writes the well-known blog “Joho.” He is currently a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, USA Today, Wired, Salon, The Guardian, Esther Dyson’s Release 1.0 and many others. He is a commentator on National Public Radio and is a columnist for KMWorld and Il Sole 24 ore (the leading financial daily newspaper in Italy). He is on the advisory boards of Technorati, ITConversations, SocialText, BlogBridge, the Information Architecture association, Fon, and the Christopher Reeve Foundation. As a marketing consultant he has has worked with companies from startups to Fortune 500s. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. His book “Everything Is Miscellaneous” about the social effect of the new digital ways of organizing knowledge will be published by Times Books in spring, 2007. See David’s Website

Ivan Sigal

portrait of Ivan SigalIvan Sigal is the Executive Director of Global Voices, a non-profit online global citizens’ media initiative. Previously, as a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, he focused on media and information access and participation using new technologies in conflict-prone areas. He spent over ten years working in media development in the former Soviet Union and Asia, supporting journalism, media regulatory reform, and working on media co-productions. During that time he worked for Internews Network, as Regional Director for Asia, Central Asia, and Afghanistan. He designed and implemented dozens of media assistance projects, including helping to create more than thirty Afghan-run radio stations and building an independent Afghan radio network; a project to provide humanitarian information to victims of the 2005 South Asian earthquake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir; a post-2004 tsunami humanitarian information radio program in Sri Lanka, legal and civil society reporting programs for Chinese journalists, and numerous current affairs TV programs for Central Asian audiences. He has also worked as a photographer, spending 10 years documenting life throughout the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other Asian countries. He blogs sporadically at burning bridge.

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