Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meet (or teleconference) annually or as needed.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Portrait of Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon is co-founder with Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices Online. She presently directs the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation and is author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012). She serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon was CNN’s Bureau Chief and correspondent in China and Japan between 1998-2004.  She has taught at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is currently a visiting affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communication Studies. She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein and Berkman Centers, the Open Society Foundations, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and the New America Foundation. MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan. She lives in Washington DC.

Jake Shapiro

Portrait of Jake Shapiro

Jake Shapiro is founding CEO of PRX – an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to deliver significant stories to millions of people. Since its launch in 2003 PRX has been a leader and innovator in public media. PRX programs include The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, Snap Judgment, Reveal, 99% Invisible and the Radiotopia podcast network. In 2012 Jake helped found Matter Ventures – a for-profit startup accelerator for mission-driven media entrepreneurs. Jake is an Ashoka Fellow, Senior Researcher at the Berkman Center at Harvard, and advisor to a number of public media organizations, media funders, and Internet startups. He also plays a mean guitar.

Nicole Wong (Chair)

Portrait of Nicole Wong

 Nicole Wong is the former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer focusing on internet, privacy and innovation policy. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Nicole served as the Legal Director for Products at Twitter. From 2004 to 2011, she was Google’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, primarily responsible for the company’s product and regulatory matters. Before joining Google, Nicole was a partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie and advised some of Silicon Valley’s early and notable tech companies, including Yahoo!, Hotmail and Netscape. She also has taught First Amendment, internet law and policy courses as an adjunct professor and lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and University of San Francisco. Nicole is a frequent speaker and author on issues related to law and technology, including five appearances before the U.S. Congress regarding internet policy. She is a founding columnist for the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode, a section covering online security and privacy in the digital age, and an advisor to the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. She currently serves as an advisor to several technology companies on issues of privacy and strategic development. Nicole has a long history working on freedom of press and speech issues, previously serving on the advisory board to the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, the Board of Directors of the First Amendment Coalition and the San Francisco Sunshine Task Force. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, and a law degree and a Master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.

Ivan Sigal

Portrait of Ivan Sigal

Ivan Sigal is the Executive Director of Global Voices, a non-profit online global citizens’ media initiative, and supports similar projects around the world. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies digital storytelling and online communities. He is the board chair of the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project. He is a media producer who works on long-term photography, multi-media and writing projects. He is the author of White Road (Steidl, 2012), based on eight years of photography and writing about Central Asia and Russia.  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 in the former Soviet Union and Asia, where he designed and ran dozens of media production, training, infrastructure and regulatory projects focusing on conflict, humanitarian disaster and transitional societies. During that time he worked for Internews Network, as Regional Director for Asia, Central Asia, and Afghanistan. He speaks Russian.

Rosental Alves


Professor Rosental Calmon Alves is a pioneer of online journalism in his native Brazil where he had a successful 27-year career as a journalist and journalism educator before moving to the United States in 1996 as the first holder of the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. At UT Austin, he holds also the UNESCO Chair in Communications and is the founding director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, an outreach program that helps thousands of journalists around the world with online training.
Prof. Alves is also the creator and organizer of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual conference that attracts journalists, media executives and scholars from around the world. Since 2008, Prof. Alves has also hosted the Iberian American Colloquium on Digital Journalism, in Spanish, for journalists and scholars from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. In 2012, the Knight Center launched the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the world for journalists. Prof. Alves is a member of boards of directors or advisory boards of many local, national and international organizations related to journalism and Freedom of Expression.