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Hani Morsi - Dphil Student

PhD topic

Peer-to-peer Democracy: How relevant is virtual political discourse and network-mediated citizen mobilisation to challenging authoritarian resilience in post-Mubarak Egypt?

Hani’s research focuses on the implications of emerging Information and Communication Technologies and digital social media on collective action and political activism in restrictive environments, and how network-mediated communication influences ‘street politics’ in a context marked by continued authoritarianism beyond an act of popular uprising. In 2012 and 2013, Hani conducted extensive fieldwork in Egypt that focused on practices of technologically-catalysed activism, specifically how individuals gain awareness about and mobilise for demanding their rights by interacting in both virtual and physical spaces.

Hani’s broader interests include other topics related to social, political and economic implications of emerging network technologies, especially open source technologies and open knowledge for development.

Thematic Expertise:
ICTs; Politics and Power; Unruly Politics; Rights.

Geographic Expertise:
Middle East and North Africa; Egypt; Tunisia.