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Jillian C. York

I am a writer, activist, researcher, and blogger. I serve as Director of International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and write for several platforms, including Al Jazeera English and The Guardian. I am also a volunteer representative for the Global Voices Board of Directors.

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Latest posts by Jillian C. York

4 September 2015

How You Can Help Syrian (and Other) Refugees

The Bridge

The refugee crisis in Europe has many asking how they can direct their funds and attention to Syrian and other refugees.

14 July 2015

The Unbearable Heaviness of American Student Debt

The Bridge

In the "land of opportunity" a university education is beyond the reach of many of its citizens.

4 March 2015

Global Voices, the Travel Guide for Anti-Tourists

The Bridge

In a sphere where planets can be lonely and guides rough, Global Voices offers intrepid travellers a true insider's view on the world.

20 February 2015

Your Mobile Privacy is Under Threat Because of US and UK Spies

Global Voices Advocacy

"The NSA and GCHQ covertly stole millions of encryption keys used to protect your mobile phone communications."

14 February 2015

Tragedy in Chapel Hill: ‘If the Murderer Were Muslim the Story Would Have Been Different’

"We may not know all the details about the white shooter and Muslim victims, but we know how the media would cover it if roles were reversed."

9 January 2015

British Islamist Anjem Choudary Doesn't Represent All Muslims (Someone Tell USA Today)

The Bridge

The idea of Choudary speaking for all Muslims is laughable, writes Jillian York.

19 August 2014

Humans of New York Series Inspires Intimate Portraits of Life in Iraq and Around the World

The Bridge

Following the lead of the popular "Humans of New York" photo project, "Humans of..." sites have proliferated across the globe. Jillian C. York explores this "visual take on travel writing."

19 July 2014

The World Stands With Palestine: Protests On Every Continent

Protests have sprung up in numerous cities around the world to support Palestine and call for an end to the ongoing attacks. Here are photographs from some.

18 March 2014

Is There Anything More Public Than Twitter?

The Bridge

What are the ethics of publishing a tweet without permission? A Buzzfeed report on sexual assaults stirs trouble in the twitterverse.

1 April 2013

Al Jazeera: Amplifying (Global Voices) Women's Voices

Global Voices women rose to the challenge when Al Jazeera's Opinion editor announced he wished to flip the gender ratio that typically rules in the media, publishing 80/20 in favor...

18 November 2012

Palestine: Social Media in Conflict, Four Years On

Back in 2008, during Israel's attack on Gaza that left more than 1,400 (more than 700 of whom were civilians) dead, individuals the world over took to social media to...

15 August 2012

#DearEgyptAir, Better Service Please

Over the past few years it has become apparent that, if one has a loud enough voice and a big enough audience—not to mention a good sense of humor—social media...

16 July 2012

World: Is a Declaration of Internet Freedom What the Internet Needs?

More than a week after rights groups unleashed the Declaration of Internet Freedom, the blogosphere continues to weigh in on the document.

5 July 2012

Global: The World Talks Back to Nick Kristof

New York Times journalist Nick Kristof has found himself in a bit of hot water with the global blogosphere after two recent articles on Iran and Africa.

15 March 2012

Syria: “The Day We Knew What It Meant to Be Syrian”

Today marks the first anniversary of the uprising in Syria. On Twitter, Syrians and their allies utilized the #Syria and #March15 hashtags to commemorate the day, remember the country's martyrs,...

17 February 2012

Arab World: Mourning Anthony Shadid

On February 17, the tragic news that New York Times Middle East Correspondent Anthony Shadid had passed away in Syria at the age of 43, reportedly as a result of...

12 February 2012

Saudi Arabia: Fate of Journalist Hamza Kashgari Hangs in the Balance

Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari set off a social media firestorm last week when he tweeted an imaginary conversation with the Prophet Mohammed, causing the young man to flee the country...

18 January 2012

Global Online Community Protests U.S. Anti-Piracy Bills

Today, January 18, is an important day for the Internet. Corporate websites, from Google to Twitpic, along with civil society groups and individuals, have all joined together in a common...

7 January 2012

MENA: 2011, a Year of Struggle and Triumphs for Bloggers

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...

13 December 2011

Syria: Razan Ghazzawi Charged, Bloggers Continue Campaign

Eight days after her arrest, Razan Ghazzawi has been charged, according to an article from the Lebanese Daily Star. Bloggers continue their campaign to free her.


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