Photo: Vandana Aneja. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Photo: Vandana Aneja. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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Jillian C. York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work is at the intersection of technology and policy, with a focus on the Arab world. She is a frequent public speaker and has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, the GuardianForeign Policy, and CNN.  With Katherine Maher, she has a regular web show, Interrobang‽, hosted on

Jillian contributed chapters to the upcoming volumes Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communication, Journalism and Society (Palgrave Macmillan; March 2013) and State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide (Ashgate Publishing; expected November 2013).  She serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online, and on the Advisory Boards of R-Shief and Radio Free Asia’s Open Technology Fund. 


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I am a child of New England, of New Hampshire birch and Maine lakes.  I am bi-coastal, with a piece of my heart in Morocco and a large part of my soul throughout the Arab world.  I have traveled to more countries than I can count, met more incredible people that I could’ve ever dreamed, and have impressed my five-year-old self beyond her wildest imagination.

I am passionate about the idea of the Internet as a facilitator for global connections, and, as such, I believe that it must be as free and accessible as possible.  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 online censorship, corporate social responsibility, bloggers’ rights, and mass surveillance.  I am a frequent public speaker on those and other topics, including digital security and gender and tech.

I write a regular column on the intersection of technology and government control for Al Jazeera, and have been published by, among others, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Atlantic, and Nieman Reports. I contributed chapters to the recent volumes Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism & Society (Palgrave MacMillan); State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide (Ashgate Publishing; co-authored with Katherine Maher); Überwachtes Netz; and the upcoming Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics (CQ Press/Sage Reference).

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, Internews’ Global Internet Policy Project, and Radio Free Asia’s Open Technology Fund, and am a professional member of PEN Center USA. I have a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University, and I recently completed an executive program at THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership.

My Twitter feed, which is my primary mode of public communication these days, was once (aptly, if I do say so myself) called “Grim reality mixed with activism, humanism, feminism and a dash of humor.”

If you want to understand a little about my life, this quote from Cory Doctorow describes it well.


Disclaimer: This is a personal blog.  The opinions expressed here represent my own and not and not those of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Global Voices, or any other organization with which I am affiliated.  Additionally, I am human, and as such, my views are subject to change.

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