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Jillian York

Special Address: Digital Media and the Freedom Struggle

[Cartoon by Omar El-Momani. Courtesy of 7iber (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)]

  [Jillian York giving the Special Address at the Westminster Conference] The Special Address tackled the most salient conditions in the region that precipitated the revolutions and the role the new media actors played in galvanizing support for these movements. While states have become increasingly adept at undermining freedom of expression, the press, and the Internet, inventive ways continue to be developed to circumvent the tightening spaces of dissent.  

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Jillian York is the Director for International Freedom of Expression at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Her work encompasses a broad range of topics, from digital security to the privatization of censorship, but her speciality in freedom of expression in the Arab world. York's work has been featured in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the New York Times, among others. Prior to joining EFF, York worked at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she worked on several projects including the OpenNet Initiative and Herdict. She is the co-founder of the award-winning multilingual blog Talk Morocco, and has volunteered with Global Voices for many years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices, and on the advisory boards of Radio Free Asia's Open Technology Fund and R-Shief. She blogs and tweets as @jilliancyork.