My articles, analysis and commentary have been published in outlets around the world.

Select Analysis and Op-Eds

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.

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.

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.

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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