Our founders, volunteers and staff are represented on our Board along with some of the most influential innovators in global online media.
- Ethan Zuckerman
- Rebecca MacKinnon (Chairperson)
- Rosental Alves
- Stephen King
- Sue Gardner
- Mohamed Nanabhay
- Jillian York (Volunteers representative)
- Marta Cooper (Volunteers representative)
- Claire Ulrich (Staff representative)
Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab. He is the author of “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection”, published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.
Rebecca MacKinnon (Chairperson)
Rebecca MacKinnon is a Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, where she conducts research, writing and advocacy on global Internet policy, free expression, and the impact of digital technologies on human rights. She is author of “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom” (Basic Books, January 2012). She is also co-founder, along with Ethan Zuckerman, of Global Voices, an international citizen media network, and 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 and was Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001, then served 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 ongoing research and writing about the Chinese Internet. Her blog is RConversation.com.
Professor Rosental Calmon Alves holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and the UNESCO Chair in Communication at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Created in 2002, thanks to a $2 million grant from the James L. and John S. Knight Foundation, the center reaches thousands of journalists throughout the hemisphere with training and organizational capacity building projects. Professor Alves began his academic career in the United States in March 1996, after 27 years as a professional journalist, including seven years as a journalism professor in Brazil. He moved to Austin from Rio de Janeiro, where he was the managing editor and member of the board of directors of Jornal do Brasil. He was chosen in 1995 from approximately 200 candidates to be the first holder of the Knight Chair in International Journalism, created by a $1.5 million endowment from the Knight Foundation. Alves created the first Brazilian online news service, in 1991, which served the network of Rio de Janeiro’s Stock Market. In early 1995, he managed the launching of the first online edition of a newspaper in Brazil, Jornal do Brasil Online. In Austin, he created the first class on online journalism at UT in the 1997-98 academic year. A member of the boards of several national and international organizations related to journalism, Alves has been a frequent speaker in academic and industry conferences, has worked as a new media consultant, and has conducted numerous workshops in several countries to train journalists and journalism professors on the use of new media. Since 1999, he hosts the annual International Symposium on Online Journalism at UT Austin – a unique conference, gathering professionals and scholars from around the world.
Stephen King is Senior Director, Investments with Omidyar Network. Based in London, he makes investments across all areas within the Media, Markets & Transparency initiative. Prior to Omidyar Network, Stephen served as the Chief Executive of the BBC World Service Trust, where he led a period of sustained growth that included building programs in more than 40 countries in the developing world. Stephen helped establish the Trust’s international reputation as one of the largest and most successful organizations using media and communications to improve the lives of the world’s poor and promote better governance and transparency worldwide. Prior to the BBC, Stephen was the Executive Director of the International Council on Social Welfare, an international organization working to promote social development. Stephen has also held positions with nonprofit organizations HelpAge International, Help the Aged, and Voluntary Service Overseas. Stephen is a board member of CARE International in the U.K. He holds an MA in Oriental and African Studies from the University of London.
Sue Gardner is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia – the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia, which is free to use and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 23 million volunteer-authored articles in over 280 languages, and is visited by more than 483 million people every month, making it the number five most-popular website in the world.
Gardner, a seasoned journalist, was formerly head of CBC.ca, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada's most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions. Under her leadership, CBC.ca won many international awards for excellence, and grew to become Canada's most popular news site. Gardner started her career in 1990 as a producer with CBC's “As It Happens,” an internationally-recognized groundbreaking news and current events radio program. She has worked in radio, television, newspapers, magazines and online.
Mohamed Nanabhay works at the intersection of media, technology and entrepreneurship. As the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English he led the team that produced the award winning coverage of the Arab revolutions in 2011. During his tenure, the website saw a colossal increase in traffic and has been recognised by the Online News Association for general excellence in online journalism. In 2006, he founded the New Media division at Al Jazeera which focused on engaging audiences through social media and emerging media technologies. During this period he pioneered and launched the Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository.
As an Internet entrepreneur, Mohamed has been involved with developing online properties since 1995 and is an angel investor, providing seed funding and mentorship to early stage internet companies. He was named a Creative Commons Pioneer by BusinessWeek, serves on the Board of Directors of the Media Development Investment Fund and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Informed Societies.
Claire Ulrich (Staff representative)
Claire Ulrich is a French journalist, editor, translator, and instructor for NGOs based in Paris, France. This long string of words is explained by her (she does not mind saying) “maturity.” Her professional experience has always revolved around journalism, spanning 25 years and every media now described as “traditional.” She has been a staff writer for French newsweeklies, reporter, producer and editor for French national television and radio news magazines. She turned to citizen media in 2004 when she began contributing to the veteran South Korean citizen news website Ohmynews, and has never looked back. She was the first volunteer translator of the then brand-new Global Voices in French site in March 2007, then she became editor, and is now in charge of a community of 100 or so wonderful francophone volunteers, writing or translating from Canada, China, Africa, Japan, and even France, Global Voices style. She currently advocates for Internet literacy in Francophone Africa and preparedness against emergencies and natural disasters using new technologies, in the informal French network Crisis Camp Paris. Brought up in Madagascar and francophone Africa, Africa is definitely her focus. And no, Ulrich is not a German surname. It's Alsatian, from Strasbourg.
Jillian C. York (Volunteers’ representative)
Jillian C. York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work focuses on free expression, with an focus on the Arab world, and she has written for a variety of publications, including Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and CNN. Jillian contributed chapters to the upcoming volumes “Beyond Wikileaks: Implications for the Future of Communication, Journalism, and Society” (Palgrave Macmillian; March 2013) and “State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide” (Ashgate Publishing; expected November 2013). She serves on the Advisory Boards of R-Shief, OnlineCensorship.org, Radio Free Asia’s Open Technology Fund and Internews’ Global Internet Policy Project.