Azza El Masri is a doctoral student in Journalism and Media at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a journalist, disinformation expert, and digital security consultant that has worked with independent media organizations, human rights organizations, and journalism students across North Africa and Western Asia (NAWA) to develop and support open-source investigations and fact-checking projects.
Her research interests sit at the intersection of media, technology and human rights. Particularly, she examines the political economy of disinformation in NAWA and tries to understand the effect of content moderation policies on Arab independent media, access to information, and free speech online.
Azza, a Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship alumna, received an MA from Florida State University in 2018 and a BA from the American University of Beirut in 2015, both in Media and Communication Studies.