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Dr Mona Elswah

Research Associate

Dr Mona Elswah

Research Associate


Dr Mona Elswah is a Research Associate at Oxford Internet Institute and a Fellow in Technology at Harvard University. She is also an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University in Egypt. Mona writes on the intersection between digital media, Internet governance, and content moderation. Currently, she is a core member of the Democracy and Technology program at the Oxford Internet Institute, where she examines junk news, algorithmic auditing, and platform governance in non-Western contexts.

In her thesis, she examines the impact of digital repression on social movements’ online tactics, focusing on Syria and Tunisia as case studies. Her work has been featured in several international media outlets, and she has presented her work at different conferences and events. Mona has a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Post-graduate Diploma in Public Policy from the American University in Cairo.

Research Interests

Political communication, disinformation, social movements, digital media, social media, and Internet governance

Positions at the OII

  • Research Associate, June 2023 -
  • DPhil Student, October 2017 - March 2023


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