May 18, 1982 |
Dover, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Occupation||Free-expression activist, journalist and travel writer|
In 2008, she joined the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a research center at Harvard University that focuses on the study of cyberspace, where she worked on the OpenNet Initiative, a joint project whose goal is to monitor and report on internet filtering and surveillance practices by nations, and Herdict, and conducted research on distributed denial-of-service attacks. In 2011, she moved to the EFF, where she is the director of international freedom of expression.
York has been called "one of the leading scholars on Internet control and censorship" and a specialist on free expression and social media in the Arab world. Her research on the role of social media in the Arab Spring has been widely cited. In June 2011, Foreign Policy named her one of the top-100 intellectuals discussing foreign policy on Twitter.
She is a regular columnist for Al Jazeera English and writes for Global Voices Online, where she is also on its board of directors as of 2011. She also co-founded Talk Morocco, which won the 2010 Deutsche Welle Best of Blogs Award for Best English-language blog.
In May of 2014, she gave a talk with Jacob Appelbaum suggesting the safer sex and harm reduction movements could show advocates of liberty and privacy how their work can better reach mainstream audiences. 
- 2010: Deutsche Welle The BOBs (weblog award), Best English Blog, "Talk Morocco" 
- 2014: Knight News Challenge, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, "OnlineCensorship.org" 
- "Information Infrastructure and Social Control: Origins of the Tunisian Internet" (chapter, with Katherine Maher), State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide (Ashgate Publishing, 2013)
- "Der abschreckende Effekt von Überwachung" (chapter), "Überwachtes Netz" (NewThinking, 2014)
- "The Internet and Transparency Beyond WikiLeaks" (chapter), "Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
- "Culture Smart! Morocco: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture" (Random House, 2006)
- "Goodreads Author Profile". Goodreads..
- "Jillian York". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved March 10, 2008.
- "Politically Charged Websites Face Frequent Attacks". New Scientist. December 21, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "Blogger Seeks Out the World From Cambridge". The Boston Globe. April 28, 2011.
- "Social Media Plays Role in Toppling Tunisian President". ABC News. January 14, 2011.
- "Policing Content in the Quasi-Public Sphere". OpenNet Initiative.
- "Twitter and Facebook as Political Tools in the Arab World". NPR.
- "The FP Twitterati 100". Foreign Policy.
- Staff (undated). "Jillian C. York". The Guardian.
- "When Social Networks Become Tools of Oppression". Bloomberg Views. July 6, 2011.
- "Freedom #Fail". Foreign Policy. April 29, 2011.
- . Al Jazeera English.
- "Jillian C. York". Global Voices Online.
- Staff (June 9, 2011). "Board of Directors". Global Voices Online. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- Press release (April 19, 2010). "The BOBs: Best Weblog Goes to 'Ushahidi' from Kenya"". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- Appelbaum, Jacob; York, Jillian. "Let's talk about sex baby, Let's talk about PGP".
- Deutsche Welle. "The BOBs: Best Weblog goes to 'Ushahidi' from Kenya". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- Knight Foundation. "Knight News Challenge awards $3.4 million for ideas to strengthen the Internet". Knight Foundation. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
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