CLBR Segment 2: Jillian York on Google’s Censorship Decision



Director of International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Segment Two: 10:30-11:00 AM PT


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Jillian York

From Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Jillian C. York is EFF’s Director for International Freedom of Expression. She specializes in free speech issues in the Arab world, and is also particularly interested the effects of corporate intermediaries on freedom of expression and anonymity, as well as the disruptive power of global online activism. Prior to joining EFF, Jillian spent three years at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she worked on several projects including the OpenNet Initiative.

Jillian writes a regular column for Al Jazeera and has also been published by Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, MIT’s Technology Review, Bloomberg, and The Guardian, among others.  In addition to her work at EFF, she is the co-founder of the award-winning multilingual site Talk Morocco, and serves on the board of directors of Global Voices Online. She resides in the Internet and can frequently be found blogging or tweeting, as @jilliancyork.

From Jillian’s Blog:

I have a tendency to define myself by my work, so you’ll forgive me if I do so here.  Assume that I am much much more, and if we are lucky enough to someday meet, I’ll buy you a beer and we can talk about that.

I am passionate about the idea of the Internet as a facilitator for global connections, and therefore believe that as such, it must be as free and accessible.  To that end, I currently serve as the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where my work focuses on such issues as government-enforced online censorship, corporate social responsibility, bloggers’ rights, and mass surveillance.

I am also currently studying at THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership.

I write a regular column on the intersection of technology and government control for Al Jazeera, and have been published by, among others, the Guardian, theAtlantic, and Nieman Reports.  I recently contributed chapters to the upcoming academic volumes Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for theFuture of Communications, Journalism & Society (Palgrave MacMillan) and State Power and Information Infrastructure (Ashgate Publishing; co-authored with Katherine Maher).For a fairly complete list of my published writing, go here.

Prior to joining the EFF, I worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on a number of projects, including the OpenNet Initiative and Herdict Web. In 2009, I co-founded Talk Morocco, which was a winner of Deutsche Welle’s Best of Blogs (BOBs) competition in 2010. I am on the board of Global Voices Online, an incredible media project to which I also occasionally contribute content, and in 2011 was named to Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 ‘Twitterati’ list.  I serve on the advisory boards of several projects, including OnlineCensorship.orgR-Shief, and, and am a member of PEN Center USA.

Having spent a few years living in Morocco and traveling throughout the Middle East and North Africa, I am particularly interested in free expression issues in that region.  I’m also interested, on a personal level, in questions of identity, the future of journalism, online activism, and foreign policy.

Previous CLBR Appearance

Fear of Twittering in Egypt and the State of the Net

February 9, 2011

Bennet discusses Fear of Twittering in Egypt with Jillian York, project coordinator of the OpenNet Initiative for the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, about the latest developments in Egypt and Tunisia and the role of the Internet in the groundswell in both movements.

Plus, David Belson, Director of Marketing Intelligence at Akamai Technologies, discusses Akamais latest State of the Internet Report.

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