Exploring at the crossroads of digital technologies, authoritarian politics and human rights

I am a researcher in the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) research group at Vrije Universiteit Brussels.

My current project DIGIACT, funded by a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, investigates digital surveillance and transnational repression against exiled dissidents and human rights defenders.

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Research

How are authoritarian rulers using digital technologies to assert and expand their power? How do people resist and strive for freedom? These two questions are at the center of my research. With an empirical focus on the Middle East, my work draws from the fields of international relations, political sociology, and media studies.

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Publications

My work has been published in Globalizations, Surveillance & Society, and the International Journal of Communication. Initial findings of my ongoing research on digital transnational repression have appeared in reports for Freedom House and Hivos.

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