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Rebecca MacKinnon is Honored With Public Knowledge's IP3 Award

The award honors leaders who have contributed to the fields of intellectual property, information policy and internet protocol.
Published:   July 2, 2012

The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute is pleased to announce that Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Rebecca MacKinnon will be recognized as a 2012 Award Winner at the 9th Annual IP3 Awards, to be hosted by Public Knowledge in September. Public Knowledge, an organization that works to protect open internet, hosts the IP3 Awards to honor thought leaders who have made significant contributions in three fields with the "IP" acronym: intellectual property, information policy, and Internet protocol. 

"It is an honor to receive this important award and to join others in a national and global struggle to ensure that the technologies and policies driving the Internet's evolution are compatible with the public interest -- particularly with civil liberties and human rights," MacKinnon said. "In our networked world, the actions of one government or company can have a critical impact on Internet users everywhere on the planet. With such power comes tremendous responsibility - and necessary accountability."
MacKinnon is a journalist, author, and activist whose work focuses on the intersection of the Internet, human rights and foreign policy. She is the author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012) and cofounder of Global Voices Online, a global citizen media network. She is also a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative to advance principles of freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
"The impact of Rebecca's work is multifaceted and spans across journalism, human rights, and corporate responsibility," said Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Institute and vice president of the New America Foundation.  "I applaud Public Knowledge for recognizing her leadership and commend Rebecca on her continuing accomplishments."
Past IP3 award winners have included Susan Crawford, former special assistant for science, technology, and innovation policy to President Obama, United States Senator Ron Wyden, and Sascha Meinrath. At this year's event, MacKinnon will be recognized with Techdirt editor Mike Masnick and Andrew Schwartzman, senior vice president and policy director of the Media Access Project.
The Awards will be held on September 13, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. For more details and to purchase tickets for this year's celebration, click here.   
For more information or to schedule an interview with Rebecca MacKinnon, please contact Clara Hogan at 202-596-3368 or Hogan@newamerica.net.