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Jillian York

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.

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Latest posts by Jillian York

1 May 2015

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.

8 March 2015

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."

6 March 2015

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.

2 March 2015

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.

28 February 2015

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.

27 February 2015

Bangladeshi-American Blogger Hacked to Death in Dhaka

Roy is the second Bangladeshi blogger killed since 2013. Horrifying photos of he and his wife, bloodied and injured on the street, were circulated on social media.

20 February 2015

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."

23 January 2014

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.

9 January 2014

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.