I’m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. My current research examines how the ways in which we achieve access to the internet enable or curtail the realization of fundamental human rights. As the internet becomes increasingly essential to the fulfillment of a well-rounded human life, exclusion from the internet due to lack of access exacerbates other forms of marginalization and disenfranchisement in everyday life. My research focuses on how communities at the margins of the web create innovative solutions to achieve access, challenging the corporate and state ownership models of internet provision. My research explores how community networks — built, administered, and maintained by local communities — present alternative infrastructural, regulatory, and political answers to the digital divide.
In the work that I do, I advocate open access to knowledge and the use of open source and free software and tools. As social scientists, our research is based on engagement with societies, communities, institutions, and individuals who deserve access to the raw data and research we create together. Knowledge and the authority to interpret what we know should not stay locked in an ivory tower. As Communications Director at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, I help to make human rights scholarship freely accessible to global audiences. I’m also proud to be part of the knowledge activism campaign Whose Knowledge?, which works to center the knowledge of marginalized communities on the web and raise awareness of the digital exclusions that keep the majority of the world from participating fully in digital knowledge creation and curation. My goal is to make as much of the raw data for all my current and future research projects as possible available under Creative Commons licenses.
I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford, where my dissertation focused on how mobility between online and offline spaces constituted a practice of resistance during and after the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
I received my B.A. from the College of William and Mary (Virginia, USA), where I completed a double-major in Government and Linguistics. After graduating, I attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship to read for an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies.
Research interests: community internet networks, autonomous infrastructure, human rights in the information society, the environmental impact of the internet, the political economy of information and communication technologies, precarious employment and the gig economy.