Mona Elswah is a student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences.
Mona was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship to study a dual degree program at the American University in Cairo. She received a Master’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a Graduate Diploma in public policy. In her Master’s thesis, she examined the attitudinal factors that motivate illegal movie downloading behaviour. Later, she presented research papers in major conferences such as the IAMCR and the ICA.
She holds the position of an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University. She assisted in various undergraduate courses and supervised many graduation projects. She focuses her studies on political communication, social media, and digital copyrights. Aside from academia, she is an aspiring screenwriter who wrote and produced the award-wining short film “Coma” and currently running a project to empower women in filmmaking in Egypt.
Political Communication, digital media, digital Copyrights, social media, Internet governance
Supervisors at the OII
Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Dr Vidya Narayanan, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Samantha Bradshaw
This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.
Civil society leaders struggled to curb tide of disinformation during 2019 Tunisian elections and demand greater transparency from social media platforms
23 March 2020
New analysis shows civil society groups and digital rights activists faced several obstacles to observe social media during the elections due to lack of available data
12 April 2019 The Wall Street Journal
Protesters in Sudan used social media to organize and VPNs to evade censors
3 April 2019 The Washington Post
A new study by the Oxford Internet Institute reveals how Iran-linked Twitter accounts have been waging a propaganda war in the Arabic-speaking world.
19 October 2018 BBC World Service
Millions of Tweets allegedly from state-backed Russian and Iranian groups are released.