Jillian C. York is a writer and activist who serves as Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and on the board of Global Voices.
Latest posts by Jillian York
Despite Low Internet Use, Burundi Blocks Viber and WhatsApp
Fewer than 2 percent of Burundi’s 10.2 million residents use the Internet. Nevertheless, the government blocked Viber and WhatsApp this week, amid protests.
Singapore Blogger Who Criticized Court Case of Anti-Gay Sex Law Fined for ‘Scandalizing the Judiciary’
"The prosecution of Alex Au for speaking out is just one more example of Singapore’s willingness to misuse law to gag its critics."
Blogger Law Violations Go Unpunished in Russia
Since the infamous 'blogger law' came into power in Russia seven months ago, Roscomnadzor documented 67 violations, but not a single blogger has been punished for swearing or religious offenses.
Macedonia’s Massive Illegal Wiretapping Operation Allegedly Monitored Journalists and Diplomats
As a 4-year-long wiretapping scandal unravels in Macedonia, online users draw attention to the lack of media coverage and the history of the characters behind the story.
Did a Brazilian Judge Try to Use Marco Civil to Shut Down WhatsApp Across the Country?
WhatsApp kept working normally in Brazil, but the judge's decision, which was apparently based on provisions in the Marco Civil bill, went viral.
Iran Reacts to the Latest Snowden Leak on SIM Card Hacks
Iran's Minister of Information and Communication Technologies told Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency that he urges all state employees and ordinary Iranians to rely on their landlines for most communications.
Your Mobile Privacy is Under Threat Because of US and UK Spies
"The NSA and GCHQ covertly stole millions of encryption keys used to protect your mobile phone communications."
Statement: Release Alaa Abd El Fattah And All Unjustly Detained In Egypt
At the 4th Arab Bloggers Meeting in Amman, Jordan, representatives from the region released a a statement pressing for the freedom of currently imprisoned Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah.
On Alaa, Learning, and the Struggle
"These friendships come in fragments, but they are sometimes the best we have." Reflections from Jillian York on friend and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, currently in prison in Egypt.
2013 in Review: A Fireside Chat with EFF's Jillian York and Eva Galperin
NSA and FinFisher and drones, oh my! Was 2013 the "worst year for Internet freedom" to date? Jillian and Eva discuss.
Moroccan Editor Arrested for Terrorist Video Coverage
Ali Anouzla was arrested last week after his news site featured an article about a video allegedly posted online by Al-Qaeda. Some believe the article gave authorities a convenient excuse to arrest the journalist.
In Case of Disconnection: Preparing Gaza for an Internet Shutdown
For days, rumors have abounded that Israel—which controls the telecommunications infrastructure of Palestine—plans to shut down the Internet in Gaza. While thus far the rumors have proven false, various organizations and actors are working to ensure that Gazans are prepared.
Global Voices on Net Censorship
In a new series we will take a glance at what's being reported on Global Voices Online, for an indepth look at how netizens the world over are reacting to increased Internet censorship.
In Censoring Anti-Islam Video, Did Google Do the Right Thing?
This past week, a video apparently made with the sole purpose of inciting Muslim anger by an American Coptic Christian was shown on Egyptian television, sparking protests outside the US Embassy in Cairo that have been replicated throughout several countries in the region. The response to the video caused several...
EFF's Guide to ‘Keeping Your Site Alive’
EFF's new guide, 'Keeping Your Site Alive,' offers key strategies for keeping a website online in the event of a denial of service attack.
With Conviction of Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia Backslides Further
In this guest post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the recent sentencing of Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega is viewed in the context of Ethiopia's participation in the war on terrorism.
A Campaign for Syrian Bloggers
The number of citizen journalists and bloggers arrested in Syria rises daily. A new campaign--for blogger Hussein Ghrer--seeks to raise awareness of the blogger's plight.
A Declaration of Internet Freedom
Recently, a number of groups came together to create a Declaration of Internet Freedom. To date, the Declaration has been signed by more than 1300 organizations and companies and continues to grow.
Global Voices Partners with Electronic Frontier Foundation on “Bloggers Under Fire”
In 2009, Global Voices launched Threatened Voices, an innovative project to track threats to bloggers and netizens worldwide. At the time, Threatened Voices filled a void in coverage, during a year a U.S. State Department official dubbed “the worst year in the history of the Internet as it related to Internet freedom.”...
2011: A Year of Triumphs and Struggle for Bloggers in the Middle East and North Africa
With all of the social media successes throughout the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, it would be all too easy to overlook the struggles faced by bloggers and netizens throughout the region. But with 126 netizens imprisoned, it would be a travesty.