Joey Shea (@joey_shea) is a nonresident Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy focusing on digital rights, information controls, and the impact of technology across the Middle East. Her research examines the political, legal, and economic context of misinformation, disinformation and propaganda. She researches freedom of expression and human rights issues, as well as policy solutions that protect the right to privacy and access to information. Her research interests also include the impacts of technology on crisis and conflict and regional cybersecurity dynamics.
Previously, Ms. Shea was an Information Controls Research Fellow with the Open Technology Fund and eQualit.e. She has also contributed research to Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Database. In the past, she worked as a researcher at the American University in Cairo. Formerly based in Lebanon, she was also a researcher at the American University of Beirut focusing on refugee rights, as well as working in various capacities at other development organizations. Ms. Shea is a graduate of the University of Toronto and McGill University. She also studied Arabic language and literature at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Beirut.