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Mona Elswah

DPhil Student

Mona Elswah

DPhil Student


Mona Elswah is a researcher at Oxford University’s 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 DPhil candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and 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


Supervisors at the OII

Professor Phillip Howard

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, October 2017 -


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