Helmi Noman is a Senior Researcher at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto) and a Research Affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University. Helmi leads Citizen Lab research projects on Internet, media and telecommunications laws and issues surrounding filtering and censorship in the Middle East and North Africa. Helmi’s research also explores the impact of information and communication technologies on the Arab information societies, the Arabic Web content, how the use of the Internet defies the social and political structures in the region, and the potential systemic changes which cyberspace can bring to real space in the Arab world.
Areas of expertise
Areas of work
- West Censoring East: The Use of Western Technologies by Middle East Censors, 2010-2011 [pdf]
Report on the use of Western-made tools for the purposes of blocking social and political content in the MENA region. [Co-authored with Jillian C. York]
- In the Name of God: Faith Based Internet Censorship in Majority Muslim Countries
Analysis of the Internet censorship policies and practices of majority Muslim countries.
Helmi Noman in the news
- Helmi Noman speaks to Foreign Policy about the Syrian Electronic Army, Foreign Policy, 3 September 2013
- Helmi Noman explains the Syrian Electronic Army to CNN, CNN, 28 August 2013
- Helmi Noman examines the sectarian schisms in the digital conflict over Syria, TechWeek Europe, 23 August 2013
- Helmi Noman explains why the Syrian Electronic Army targets apolitical websites and Twitter accounts, Mother Jones, 7 May 2013