Mahsa is an Internet researcher focusing on freedom of expression and access to information online in Iran. Combining political science, science and technology studies, data science, and security studies in her research that understands communications ecologies within Iran’s information control space.

Mahsa received an honours political science degree from the University of Toronto, and completed her Research Masters degree at the University of Amsterdam, working with the Digital Methods Initiative, and as a researcher with the DATACTIVE group. She’s been working on research, advocacy and projects on Iranian digital rights since 2012, and works with British freedom of expression NGO Article 19 on Iranian digital projects. She is also the Iran editor for the citizen media platform Global Voices. 

Research Interests:

Telegram; Social media; social movements; information controls; censorship; surveillance; MENA; Iran; digital activism.

Supervisors at the OII

Helen Margetts