Jillian York

Activist, journalist and travel writer Jillian York

Jillian C. York 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).
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Birthday
18 May 1982
Occupations
Reformer, Author

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Beheadings Belong On Facebook
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Facebook has made an uncharacteristic -- and widely unpopular -- move in support of free speech: It’s ruled beheadings should be allowed on the social network. Facebook has reversed its prior ban on videos showing graphic content: It announced that depictions of violence, including decapitations, would be permitted in cases where it is condemned, not celebrated. The decision prompted immediate backlash from critics who highlighted the hypocrisy of Facebook allowing violent content, while banning breasts. (Facebook routinely censors breastfeeding photos.) Others objected to making gruesome videos available to Facebook’s young users. UK Prime Minister David Cameron called Facebook’s decision “irresponsible.” Tech commentator Graham Cluley complained, “The only boob that I can see is the twit at Facebook who believes it’s worse for someone to see a picture of a naked female breast than to see a video of a person being beheaded.” Yet the only thing worse than seeing a video of a pers...
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Can Twitter Go Public and Still Be a Champion of Free Speech?
Foreign Policy - over 4 years
With Twitter set to make its debut on American stock exchanges, a critical question looms: Can toppling dictators also be good business? Over the course of its seven-year history, Twitter has gone from scrappy, disorganized start-up to a heavyweight of the social media revolution. In the process, it's become much more than a business. From Tahrir Square to Gezi Park, Twitter has made itself indispensible to activists everywhere, providing a tool to decry abuse, organize protests, and help overthrow bad leaders. "Now we have a menace that is called Twitter," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared in June amid widespread protests against his government. "The best example of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society." Soon, that menace to society will be the hottest technology IPO since Facebook's 2012 offering. But with a publicly traded stock, Twitter may find itself in something of an existential crisis. In establishing itself ...
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Sean McElwee: The Case for Censoring Hate Speech
Huffington Post - over 4 years
For the past few years speech has moved online, leading to fierce debates about its regulation. Most recently, feminists have led the charge to purge Facebook of misogyny that clearly violates its hate speech code. Facebook took a small step two weeks ago, creating a feature that will remove ads from pages deemed "controversial." But such a move is half-hearted; Facebook and other social networking websites should not tolerate hate speech and, in the absence of a government mandate, adopt a European model of expunging offensive material. Stricter regulation of Internet speech will not be popular with the libertarian-minded citizens of the United States, but it's necessary. A typical view of the case for expunging hate speech comes from Jeffrey Rosen, who argues in The New Republic that, "...given their tremendous size and importance as platforms for free speech, companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Twitter shouldn't try to be guardians of what Waldron c...
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Bianca Bosker: What Google Isn't Telling Us About The Video It's Banned In 5 Countries (And Counting)
The Huffington Post - over 5 years
Here's what we know: According to YouTube's parent company Google, the "Innocence of Muslims," a film blamed for inciting violence across nations in the Arab and Muslim world, is "clearly within" corporate guidelines. It doesn't violate YouTube's definition of hate speech, which must be against a person, not a group. The film is technically legal in many countries. And yet YouTube has blocked the film in five countries (and counting). Google "temporarily restricted" access to the film in Libya and Egypt "given the very difficult situation" in the two countries, according to a company spokesperson. Google pulled the video in India and Indonesia because it violated local laws there, and yanked it in Malaysia on Monday after authorities asked to have it blocked because of the "explosive commotions and repercussions at hand." And though the White House asked Google to re-review the video and consider pulling it in the United States, Google has said it will stay online in the U...
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Should Google censor anti-Islam video?
CNN- Cafferty File - over 5 years
Jillian York: By blocking access to an anti-Islam video, Google will have to explain why it censors videos in some cases but not others.
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Jillian York: Traveling To Israel? What To Know About Your Gadgets
Huffington Post - almost 6 years
As we've acknowledged before, our lives are increasingly contained on our digital devices, which makes travel -- and the decisions we make about what to carry with us -- increasingly complicated. A recent case in which two young travelers to Israel were requested not simply to provide their laptops for arbitrary searches, but to log in to their e-mail accounts and allow Israeli officials to search through their e-mail for specific strings and correspondence highlights the increasing obstacles to privacy that travelers face, as well as the increasingly global nature of security theatre. In that particular case, the two young women -- both of Palestinian origin -- complied with officials' requests but were nonetheless detained overnight before being deported. In another, similar case, a U.S. citizen who refused access to her email was told she was probably hiding something and was refused entry to the country. Israeli security (Shin Bet) told a reporter that "the actions ...
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A Global Voices Guide to re:publica Berlin 2012
Global Voices - almost 6 years
This week (May 2-4, 2012) thousands of minds will join in Berlin, Germany at the annual gathering aimed at exchanging knowledge and ideas called re:publica (#rp12). Those physically present will be able to attend lectures, debates and nightly parties. Last year the re:publica conference had over 3,000 attendees, and almost a hundred thousand viewers of the webcast. Even more are expected this year. The motto for “Germany’s largest and most prominent conference on the future of our society and all things digital” this year is ACT!ON. A number of Global Voices (GV) community members will participate in over 200 hours of scheduled program, on 8 separate stages in 14 tracks. Solana Larsen, GV managing editor, who presented Global Voices at re:publica 2011 “in an auditorium that holds more than 1000 people!” reckons: In Germany, it's a conference that really speaks for the Internet scene and has a clear influence on the political discourse here. Claire Ulrich, editor of Globa...
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The Muslims are Coming!
Boing Boing - almost 6 years
Above, a trailer for a comedy film project for which there's now a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. I LOL'd; I'll be kicking in a few bucks. Description: A group of Muslim-American standup comedians go on the road counter Islamophobia using the only weapon they have: jokes. The Muslims Are Coming! follows these comics as they visit big cities, rural villages, and everything in between to do shows, meet locals, and counter the haters. Commentary from pop culture icons like the Daily Show's Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Janeane Garofalo, CNN's Soledad O'Brien, David Cross, and Lewis Black pepper the film as the comedians travel through middle America. Will audiences laugh? Will they make a difference? Will they make it back? Rest assured, you've never laughed this hard at a Muslim! (via Jillian York)
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Iran denies reports that internet will be cut, replaced by "clean, national intranet"
Boing Boing - about 6 years
PHOTO: Technicians monitor data flow in the control room of an internet service provider in Tehran February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz There's an AFP item today on Iran's denial of online reports that it plans to shut off access to the Internet this August, replacing that access with a "national intranet." Snip: The reports derived from a supposed interview with Communications Minister Reza Taghipour published on April 1 that was in fact a hoax, the ministry said in the statement on its own site www.ict.gov.ir -- which itself was not accessible outside of Iran. “The report is in no way confirmed by the ministry” and is “completely baseless,” the ministry statement said. The hoax report quoted Taghipour saying that Iran would from August launch a “clean internet” that would block popular services like Google and Hotmail and replace them with government-sponsored search engines and e-mail services. The ministry statement slammed the false report as serving “the pro...
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Syrian Electronic Army takes fight to the world - Marketplace
Google News - over 6 years
Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation says, "I've never seen a group like this at this scale, attacking such large international targets." So could this activity on a screen lead to meaningful political change in the streets?
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Pro-Assad 'Army' Wages Cyberwar In Syria - NPR
Google News - over 6 years
They call themselves the Syrian Electronic Army, conducting the most intense cyberwarfare in the Arab world, says Jillian York, with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation. "I've really never seen anything like this before,
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Should tech companies do business in China? - Aljazeera.com
Google News - over 6 years
Jillian York is director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. She also writes for and is on the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online. The views expressed in this article are the author's
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Google's Uphill Battle With Facebook Just Got Steeper - Huffington Post
Google News - over 6 years
This one has really hurt Google, and there's been plenty of attention to the issue thanks to influencers like Andy Carvin and HuffPost blogger Jillian York. Anonymity is sometimes a necessity for safety sake. And yet there are exceptions like rapper
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From Nieman Reports: How social media has challenged old media in the Middle East - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Google News - over 6 years
Editor's Note: Our sister publication Nieman Reports is out with their Fall 2011 issue, “Cold Case Reporting,” which focuses on process of revisiting old investigations to tell new stories. Over the next few days, we'll highlight a few
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More evidence tips up against Cisco in China repression - Inquirer
Google News - over 6 years
"Reports indicate that Cisco has also customized its technology to help China with surveillance of political activists," wrote the EFF's Jillian York. "We've had our eye on Cisco for years; in 2010, they were at the top of our list of 'companies of
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SPEAKEASY: NYC - EFF
Google News - over 6 years
Current Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) members and donors are invited to join Director for International Freedom of Expression Jillian York and Senior Activist Richard Esguerra at a secret location in New York City for drinks on Sunday,
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Internet: Die Netzüberwachung beginnt mit westlicher Technik - ZEIT ONLINE
Google News - over 6 years
Die Technik, mit der Regime das Netz überwachen, stammt aus Europa und den USA, schreibt EFF-Aktivistin Jillian York. Sie fordert Ethikstandards und Exportkontrollen. Was für die Bürgerrechtsbewegung Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) schon lange ein
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Manipulating Social Networks - Inter Press Service
Google News - over 6 years
Jillian York is director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. She writes a regular column for Al Jazeera focusing on free expression and Internet freedom. She also writes for and is on the
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SXSW 2012 Panels to Pick - EFF
Google News - over 6 years
"How to Run a Social Site and Not Get Users Killed," organized by EFF Director for International Freedom of Expression Jillian York, aims to address what social media companies can do to keep users safe. The panel of activists and free expression
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jillian York
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 31
    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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 28
    She is a regular columnist for Al Jazeera English and writes for Global Voices Online, where she is also on its board of directors as of 2011.
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    In June 2011, Foreign Policy named her one of the top-100 intellectuals discussing foreign policy on Twitter.
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    In 2011, she moved to the EFF, where she is the director of international freedom of expression.
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  • 2008
    Age 25
    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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Born on May 18, 1982.
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