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.[3]

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.[4] 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"[5] and a specialist on free expression and social media in the Arab world.[6] Her research[7] on the role of social media in the Arab Spring has been widely cited.[8] In June 2011, Foreign Policy named her one of the top-100 intellectuals discussing foreign policy on Twitter.[9]

York's writing on free expression has also been published in The Guardian,[10] Bloomberg[11] and Foreign Policy.[12]

She is a regular columnist for Al Jazeera English[13] and writes for Global Voices Online,[14] where she is also on its board of directors as of 2011.[15] She also co-founded Talk Morocco, which won the 2010 Deutsche Welle Best of Blogs Award for Best English-language blog.[16]

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.[17]



  • "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)


  1. ^ a b "Goodreads Author Profile". Goodreads..
  2. ^ "Jillian York". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  3. ^ York, Jillian. "Readable first-person bio". Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Politically Charged Websites Face Frequent Attacks". New Scientist. December 21, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Blogger Seeks Out the World From Cambridge". The Boston Globe. April 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Social Media Plays Role in Toppling Tunisian President". ABC News. January 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Policing Content in the Quasi-Public Sphere". OpenNet Initiative.
  8. ^ "Twitter and Facebook as Political Tools in the Arab World". NPR. 
  9. ^ "The FP Twitterati 100". Foreign Policy. 
  10. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Jillian C. York". The Guardian. 
  11. ^ "When Social Networks Become Tools of Oppression". Bloomberg Views. July 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Freedom #Fail". Foreign Policy. April 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jillian C. York profile". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  14. ^ "Jillian C. York". Global Voices Online. 
  15. ^ Staff (June 9, 2011). "Board of Directors". Global Voices Online. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  16. ^ Press release (April 19, 2010). "The BOBs: Best Weblog Goes to 'Ushahidi' from Kenya". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ Appelbaum, Jacob; York, Jillian. "Let's talk about sex baby, Let's talk about PGP". 
  18. ^ Deutsche Welle. "The BOBs: Best Weblog goes to 'Ushahidi' from Kenya". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  19. ^ 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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