Biography

Mahsa Alimardani is a doctoral student at University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute, while acting as a senior Information Control Fellow for the Open Technology Fund. She also works with human rights organisation ARTICLE19 on their digital rights projects in Iran. 

Mahsa is an Internet researcher focusing on freedom of expression and access to information online in Iran. Combining political science, science and technology studies, data science, and security studies in her research that understands communications ecologies within Iran’s information control space. Mahsa received an honours political science degree from the University of Toronto, and completed her Research Masters degree at the University of Amsterdam, working with the Digital Methods Initiative, and as a researcher with the DATACTIVE group. She’s been working on research, advocacy and projects on Iranian digital rights since 2012 and is also the Iran editor for the citizen media platform Global Voices.

Research projects