April 2017
08:30 am

Pre-Work Talk Berlin What is digital transformation anyway?

If someone randomly asked you the question: "what is digital transformation?" how easily could you answer it? When we recently quizzed some of our friends on this point, many found themselves surprisingly stumped. So on April 11, at our Berlin Pre-Work Talk, we're going to explore what digital transformation really means, and we want you to rise to the challenge of answering this question yourselves.

In addition to turning the microphone on the crowd, we’re pleased to welcome Jillian C. York, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Director for International Freedom of Expression. Jillian was recently part of the Princeton-Fung Global Forum, which discussed whether in a digital age filled with cyber hacks, communication silos, fake news and government surveillance, can liberty really survive?

Her writings on the impact of digitalization on society have also been featured in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times, so we’re very excited to hear about her current research and perspective on the topic.

As many people in our community are in the business of “digital transformation”, we invite you to come along to share your opinions, and contribute to a wider discussion on what this all means, and how we can ensure we remain on track to create positive impact in the future.

See you at our Berlin studio on April 11. Doors open at 8:30am, and talks take place from 9 ­– 10am.

Jillian C. York, EFF Director for International Freedom of Expression


Jillian is the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Director for International Freedom of Expression and is based in Berlin, Germany. Her work encompasses a broad range of topics, from digital security to the privatization of censorship. At EFF, she works on a number of projects, including Surveillance Self-Defense, Digital Citizen, and OnlineCensorship.org. Jillian's writing has been featured in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the New York Times, among others. She is also a regular speaker at global events.

Prior to joining EFF, Jillian worked at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she researched Internet censorship. In a previous life, she lived in Morocco and worked as an English teacher and travel writer.

Jillian is a fellow at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights in Berlin and a founding member of the Deep Lab collective. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices, the IFEX Council, and on the advisory boards of SMEX and R-Shief.

Jillian holds a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University, where—like a surprisingly large number of individuals in her field—she also studied theatre. She alternately resides in the Internet or on an airplane and can often be found blogging or tweeting, as @jilliancyork.