My articles, analysis and commentary have been published in outlets around the world. Here’s a selection of them in chronological order.

Twitter’s NPR saga demonstrates the challenge of labeling media. Brookings Tech Tank. April 13, 2023.

URGENT: Understanding and Responding to Global Emerging News Threats. Internews March 2023.

The challenge of platform capture. Columbia Journalism Review. Feb 27, 2023.

Platformization and Media Capture: a Framework for Regulatory Analysis of Media-Related Platform Regulations. UCLA Journal of Law & Technology, Platforms and the Press, 28, no. 2 (Winter 2023): 175–223.

As Elon Musk Upends Twitter, Whither the Digital Town Square? Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Nov. 10, 2022.

Frenemies: Global approaches to rebalance the Big Tech v journalism relationship Brookings Tech Tank. Aug. 29, 2022.

AI and Disinformation: State-Aligned Information Operations and the Distortion of the Public Sphere. OSCE. July 12, 2022.

Transparency Reporting: Good Practices and Lessons from Global Assessment Frameworks. Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). July 2022.

Making Big Tech Pay for the News They Use. Center for International Media Assistance. July 7, 2022.

Could Elon Musk’s Takeover of Twitter Have a Silver Lining? CIGI, May 4, 2022.

Technology is Not Neutral. The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Made That Clear. Newsweek. March 14, 2022.

Ukraine Wants to Basically Kick Russia Off the Internet. Terrible Idea. Slate. March 3, 2022.

Tech Firms Caught in the Middle of Russia’s War on Ukraine. Tech Policy Press. Feb. 28, 2022.

U.S. Tech Firms Looked the Other Way as Taliban Regained Power. Tech Policy Press. Aug. 19, 2021.

Facebook Should Ban More World Leaders. Project Syndicate. Jan. 19, 2021.

Trump v. Tech: What is censorship and who gets to do it? Medium. Jan. 10, 2021.

On Christchurch Call Anniversary, a Step Closer to Eradicating Terrorism Online? Just Security. May 21, 2021.

Facebook’s ban on Trump should be permanent. Tech Policy Press. May 5, 2021.

Facebook and Google should pay for the news they use. Thomson Reuters Foundation News. Jan. 29, 2021.

The Politics of Labels: How Tech Platforms Regulate State Media. In 2020 Annual Report: Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media. Eds. Daniel O’Maley, Hesbon Owilla and Courtney C. Radsch. Nov. 2020.

GIFCT: Possibly the Most Important Acronym You’ve Never Heard Of. Just Security. Sept. 30, 2020.

Australia’s journalist union on Facebook, Google, and who should pay for news. Committee to Protect Journalists, Sept. 8, 2020.

Tech platforms struggle to label state-controlled media. Committee to Protect Journalists, Aug. 12, 2020.

Opinion: Trump administration puts the U.S., world’s journalism and reporters at risk. Houston Chronicle. July 24, 2020.

A Democracy Can’t Afford to Lose Its Storytellers. Multichannel News. June 15, 2020.

America’s Cops Must Stop Attacking Journalists. Project Syndicate. June 11, 2020.

Safety protocols for covering COVID-19 aim to protect freelancers. IJNet. June 9, 2020.

Surveys seek to understand impact of COVID-19 on journalists. Committee to Protect Journalists, May 13, 2020.

Freelance journalists risk lives and livelihoods amid COVID-19 pandemic. Committee to Protect Journalists, April 23, 2020.

Why We Need Restrictions on Coronavirus Surveillance. Thomson-Reuters Foundation. March 28, 2020.

In wake of Christchurch, tech regulation in EU and Australia risks restricting journalism. Committee to Protect Journalists, June 20, 2019.

The Khashoggi report is a wake-up call for UN and US. CNN. June 20, 2019

Taking down terrorism while preserving free speech. New Zealand Herald. May 15, 2019.

Why is Netflix enabling the Saudi crackdown on press freedom? Al Jazeera. Jan. 7, 2019.

Greater transparency welcome but social media sites should allow independent audits of content takedowns. Committee to Protect Journalists, May 18, 2018.

YouTube labels on public broadcasters draw ire in US, Russia. Committee to Protect Journalists, March 15, 2018.

When Fighting Fake News Aids Censorship. Project Syndicate. March 1, 2018

Tweaking a global source of news. Columbia Journalism Review. Winter 2018.

Digital Information Access. In A New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways of the International Community. Ed. Diana Ayton-Shenker. 2018.

Deciding who decide which news is fake. Committee to Protect Journalists, March 14, 2017.

Protecting journalists who cover corruption is good for the bottom line. Committee to Protect Journalists, Oct. 13, 2016.

Responding to Internet Abuse.” In Attacks on the Press: Gender and Media Freedom Worldwide. Edited by Alan Huffman. Bloomberg Press. 2016.

“Laws, Norms and Black Bots: A Multifaceted Approach to Combatting Online Abuse,” in New Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Countering Online Abuse of Female Journalists. Ed. Becky Gardiner. OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. 2016.

Treating the Internet as the enemy in the Middle East.” In Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World’s Frontlines. Edited by Alan Huffman. Bloomberg Press. 2015.

Arabic Twitter Stars Come Face-to-Face in Cairo. Women’s E-News. Jan. 25, 2012.

“Lebanon.” In License to Censor: The Use of Media Regulation to Restrict Press Freedom. Edited by Karin Karelekar and Courtney Radsch. Washington, DC: Freedom House. Sept. 2011.

Egypt, Tunisia, UAE. In Freedom of the Press: Signs of Change Amid Repression. Edited by Karin Karlekar. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. 2010.

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Select Scholarly Articles and Papers

View my research on my SSRN Author page

In Their Own Voice: Technologically mediated empowerment and transformation among young Arab women. Feminist Media Studies. Vol. 23 No. 5. (co-authored with Sahar Khamis).

Real-Time Diplomacy: Politics and Power in the Social Media Era by Philip Sieb (review).The Middle East Journal, 2013

Unveiling the Revolutionaries: Cyberactivism and the Role of Women in the Arab Uprisings. Rice University, May 18, 2012.

Evaluating Press Freedom: Have Social Media Changed the Landscape? ESSACHESS Journal of Communication. Vol. 5 No. 1(9). 2012.

“Re-imagining Cleopatra: Gendering Cyberactivism in Egypt.” Paper presented at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC. Dec. 1-3, 2011.

Killing the Messenger: Bahrain’s Brutal Crackdown. Freedom House Policy Brief Nov. 2011.

Media, Human Rights & Responsible Speech. MacArthur Foundation. Chicago. Oct. 21, 2011.

“Digital Dictators, Conscientious Corporations and Wired Youth: Implications of Middle East Uprisings for Internet Governance.” Paper Presented at the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) Conference, May 6, 2011. American University.

“Core to Commonplace: The evolution of Egypt’s blogosphere.” Arab Media & Society. Fall (6), 2008. Cairo: American University of Cairo.

Nitzan Ben-Shaul: A Violent World: TV News Images of Middle Eastern Terror and War (review). International Journal of Communication, 2007.

My Journalism

I’ve worked as a journalist or editor with the New York Times, The Daily Star, Al Arabiya, and DevEx

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