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.
Latest posts by Jillian C. York from January, 2011
USA: “We Want Our Al Jazeera!”
In the wake of the Tunisian and Egyptian popular uprisings, Al Jazeera has received praise around the globe, yet remains unavailable through cable providers in the United States. Jillian C. York looks at reactions from Americans on Twitter and blogs, and finds that they want their Al Jazeera!
Egypt: Last ISP Goes Offline, Fears of Losing Mobile Networks
Following a near-blackout of Internet service on January 27, it seems that the last remaining ISP--Noor Group, which has approximately 8% of market share--has now been cut off as well, leaving Egyptians without any form of Internet access.
Egypt: On Twitter, the Search for Wael Ghonim
On Twitter, friends express concern for blogger and Google staffer Wael Ghonim, who's been missing since January 27 in midst of the demonstrations in Cairo.
Egypt in Photographs: From the Streets of Cairo
When not out on the streets of Cairo, human rights activist and Global Voices Advocacy contributor Ramy Raoof has been uploading photographs of demonstrations to share with the world. In this post, we share Raoof's images from Cairo.
Egypt: An Internet Black Hole
Over the past few days, as protesting Egyptians have utilized social media tools for organizing and disseminating information, they've also come across numerous obstacles to access. Tonight, the biggest barrier yet as the country's Internet access is cut off.
Israel/Palestine: Reacting to the Palestine Papers
Today, Al Jazeera English released the first of more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of the Israel-Palestine Peace Process, dubbed the “Palestine Papers.” The papers released today make public a number of secret negotiations between Chief PLO Negotiator Saeb Erekat and the Israelis, including what Al Jazeera called...
Arab World: After Tunisia, Who's Next?
Following the events in Tunisia that forced former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country, netizens across the Arab world are asking: “are we next?”
Saudi Arabia: Fleeing, Tunisian Ex-President Ben Ali Lands in KSA
As news surfaces that fleeing Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has landed in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Twitter users take to the platform to express their thoughts on the matter.
Lebanon: Eleven Cabinet Members Resign, Toppling Government
More big news from the Arab world this evening as Lebanon's government has reportedly collapsed, following the resignations of 11 cabinet members. The cabinet members, all members or allies of Hezbollah, resigned over arguments stemming from a UN probe into the assassination of Rafiq Hariri.
Morocco: Fassi Cheese
The View From Fez reports that, although historically not a cheese-producing nation, Morocco is now catching up to its European brethren in the cheese-making department.
Tunisia: Whisperings of Coup Just Rumor
Early Wednesday morning, January 12, reports of a coup in Tunisia spread like wildfire on Twitter. The reports have now been confirmed to be a rumor - spread by the wishful thinking of Tunisians, who have been protesting against the Ben Ali regime since the middle of December.