Jillian York

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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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16 December 2011

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PalConnect: Palestine's First-Ever Social Media Conference

Palestine had its first-ever social media conference on December 4-6, 2011. It brought together Palestinian social media activists from across Palestine with the goal of supporting the development of local digital activism.

30 October 2011

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Brazil: 1º Encontro Mundial de Blogueiros (First World Bloggers’ Conference)

This week a blogger conference–dubbed the 1º Encontro Mundial de Blogueiros (or First World Bloggers’ Conference)–is taking place in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.  Sponsored by Brazilian companies Petrobras and Sanepar, as well as the Itaipu hydroelectric dam, the conference attendees are from all over the world, with significant representation from...

26 October 2011

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Egyptian Blogger's Summons Adds Fuel to Campaign Against Military Trials

Alaa Abd El Fattah, a well-known Egyptian blogger and activist who was imprisoned in 2006 under the Mubarak regime, learned on Monday that he has been summoned by a military prosecutor. He joins a growing list of Egyptian activists targeted by the military.

24 October 2011

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Global Voices at the Silicon Valley Human Rights Summit

This week, San Francisco will play host to the Silicon Valley Human Rights Summit or RightsCon, a conference at which several members and friends of the Global Voices community will be speaking.  The conference, hosted by digital human rights group Access, brings together companies from Silicon Valley and beyond alongside...

22 April 2011

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Twitter Spambots: An Emerging Tactic for Silencing Speech

On April 18, Anas Qtiesh wrote about spambots targeting the #Syria hashtag in an effort to drown out speech calling for, or reporting on, protests.  While this specific case has received an abundance of attention, on Al Jazeera, Fast Company, and elsewhere, it is representative of a larger problem on...

21 April 2011

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US National Science Foundation Blocking GV Advocacy

Recently, the Global Voices  team learned that this site, http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org, is blocked at the headquarters of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, D.C.  As is common practice for many companies and organizations, the NSF uses filtering software to block a number of websites.  Such filtering typically targets pornography and...

30 March 2011

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Bahraini “Blogfather” Mahmood Al-Yousif Arrested

Shortly after 3am local time, prominent Bahraini blogger Mahmood al-Yousif was arrested in his home. Before leaving with police officers, the blogger tweeted, "Police here for me." His brother and son have both confirmed the arrest.