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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 Project Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), examining content moderation in the Global South. Prior to this, Mona was a Research Fellow in Human Rights and Technology at Harvard University’s Carr Center. Dr. Elswah also teaches at the Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University in Egypt. Mona writes on the intersection between digital media, Internet governance, online activism, and content moderation. She was a core member of the Democracy and Technology program (previously known as the Computational Propaganda project) at the Oxford Internet Institute from 2017-2022, where she examined junk news, algorithmic auditing, and platform governance in non-Western contexts.

Mona was awarded a PhD from the Oxford Internet Institute in 2023. In her PhD thesis, she examined 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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