Jillian York

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Jillian York
York speaking at the 2011 Personal Democracy Forum (photo by Personal Democracy)
Born (1982-05-18) May 18, 1982 (age 33)[1]
Dover, New Hampshire, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Free-expression activist, journalist and travel writer
Website jilliancyork.com

Jillian C. York (born May 18, 1982)[1] is an American free-expression activist, journalist and travel writer.

She is the Director of International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).[2]


In 2006, York authored Morocco – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture, a travel book on Morocco.[citation needed]

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.[3] 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"[4] and a specialist on free expression and social media in the Arab world.[5] Her research[6] on the role of social media in the Arab Spring has been widely cited.[7] In June 2011, Foreign Policy named her one of the top-100 intellectuals discussing foreign policy on Twitter.[8]

York's writing on free expression has also been published in The Guardian,[9] Bloomberg[10] and Foreign Policy.[11]

She is a regular columnist for Al Jazeera English[12] and writes for Global Voices Online,[13] where she is also on its board of directors as of 2011.[14] She also co-founded Talk Morocco, which won the 2010 Deutsche Welle Best of Blogs Award for Best English-language blog.[15]

In May 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.[16]



  • "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)


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