Mona Elswah is a DPhil candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), where she examines digital repression, collective actions, and disinformation in the Arab world
Mona Elswah is a student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences.
Mona Elswah is a DPhil candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), where she examines the nexus between digital repression and movements’ tactical innovations in the Arab World. She is also a researcher and a core member of the Computational Propaganda project (COMPROP) with a focus on the MENA region and authoritarian regimes. Her work focuses on disinformation in non-Western contexts, including Russia, Iran, and Arab countries. Mona is also a public speaker in digital rights and is currently leading COMPROP’s capacity-building efforts, linking the project to several civil society groups worldwide.
Her work has been featured in several international media outlets including the BBC, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Before joining the OII, Mona was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship to study at the American University in Cairo. She has a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a Graduate Diploma in public policy.
Political communication, disinformation, social movements, digital media, social media, and Internet governance
Supervisors at the OII
Alternative News Networks – Understanding the spread and influence of disinformation, propaganda, and divisive political news content in the UK online information ecosystem
Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Professor Philip Howard, Dr Scott Hale, Hannah Bailey, Mona Elswah, Megha Mishra, Dr Vidya Narayanan, Marcel Schliebs, Christian Schwieter, Katarina Rebello, Ali Arsalan Pasha Siddiqui, Karolina Werens, Alexandra Pavliuc, Anna George
This project seeks to understand the health of the UK online information ecosystem, including tracking the spread of divisive and misleading content.
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.
“Anything that causes chaos is RT’s line” New study lifts the lid on RT’s role in wreaking political havoc.
28 September 2020
New analysis from researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, shows how internal processes at RT contribute to the anti-West news agenda and its critical representation of Western government across all RT languages.
State-backed media in Russia, China, Iran and Turkey successful in sharing misleading stories on COVID-19
9 April 2020
A new memo from the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, has lifted the lid on the actions of English language state-backed media in Russia, China, Iran and Turkey during the coronavirus pandemic.
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 October 2020
Authors: Mahsa Alimardani, Mona Elswah
As two scholars who’ve spent a lot of time studying and within the MENA region, we’re proud to know Emna Mizouni. She’s long been ...
5 August 2020
Authors: Mona Elswah, Mahsa Alimardani
Oxford doctoral candidates Mahsa Alimardani and Mona Elswah present the case for how the new phenomenon of ‘religious misinformation’ is adding to the Covid-19 ...
24 June 2020
Authors: Mahsa Alimardani, Mona Elswah
We are delighted to have contributed with a new chapter to Meedan’s 2020 Misinfodemic Report: COVID-19 in Emerging Economies. The chapter focuses on misinformation ...
5 September 2021 ITV News
As governments across the world have had to grapple with the Taliban's swift takeover of Afghanistan, so too have social media companies.
11 August 2021 Wired
The platform has been accused of failing to prevent the spread of disinformation. Could its new integrity procedures be a sign of change?
28 September 2020 Politico
Academics from the University of Oxford interviewed almost two dozen current and former RT journalists about their time at the Kremlin-backed media outlet.
8 April 2020 Financial Times
In Iraq and Syria, citizens have been hard to persuade of the need to stay inside.
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.