I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.— Sylvia Plath, “You Ask Me Why I Spend My Life Writing”
I am a writer. I am best known for my critical take on freedom of expression online in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, for my work on the internet governance in the Middle East, and for regular reporting on science, health, education and ICT/tech.
As an op-ed columnist, my work has appeared in Al-Jazeera English, Jadaliyya, Nature Middle East. I also cover internet privacy, political repression, and how media empower, open governance and shape public perception. Last but not least, I co-facilitate 1book140, The Atlantic's Twitter book club I have also written for Foreign Policy Bulgaria, FutureChallenges.org, Global Voices Online, SciLogs.com, Australian Science, LinuxFr.org, and PCInpact. I have co-founded and managed outlets on various topics, e.g. Bioinfo-Fr.net.
Last but not least, I have copywritten and copyedited commercial and promotional content for different companies, both start-ups and well-established brands. I have edited a great deal of diverse content, ranging from academic journals to press releases.
Selected pieces according to their topics are to be read on my blog. All infographics I design are available in .svg format.
Randomly Picked Recent Pieces
I am a researcher. I have a PhD in genetics and bioinformatics from the Lüdwig-Maximilians University in Munich (LMU, Germany). As every obsessively curious person, I have studied quite a few things: thus, I hold a BA in Law of the Industrial Property and am French teacher.
I recently decided to shift careers, thus I am currently completing a Master degree at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), one of France's best think tanks on international relations and security. My research focuses on how technology can be a tool for governance and the impact for actual change it exerts (or not) on populations in post-conflict zones (Middle East and the Balkans in my case).
Most of my work revolves on innovation in education, how ICT, open and citizen science affect learning processes and bring social change. Before becoming an independent researcher and consultant, I worked as a research fellow and project manager at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity, Paris Descartes University.
Last but not least, I am board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation France, where I founded the Open/Citizen Science workgroup. One of its current projects is to bootstrap actual policy change in research by drafting guidelines for the implementation of relevant regulation enforcing opening research data in France. I am also the founder of OpenMENA, an initiative that aims to promote the values of open knowledge in the Middle East and North Africa.
I have consulted for several organizations, including UNESCO, OECD and the Web Foundation. I am regularly interviewed by the media and have been a guest on the BBC among other broadcast outlets, as well as an invited speaker at academic conferences and forums on transparency, open data/open government, big data, foreign policy, science, education, ICT for development and technology.
I <3 data. And I love it open.
P.S. I fancy dataviz.
Changing the world one kid at a time.
Because communication is not about what you say, but about what others hear.
... Actually, better have a look at the RS Strategy website.
As aforementioned, I am a scientist. It's not just a professional padding, but an addiction. More precisely, it shines over my perfectionism and tendency to focus on details and mechanisms.
Addiction to science made me meet a great deal of awesome people and naturally embrace their difference. It's made me learn an incredible amount of things, ranging from lytic cycle in phages to being apt to discuss international trade agreements all by going through communication, media strategy, writing, and hacking/making/DIY.
I could go on with moar selfie love, but let's try out something else instead :-)
(Nerdy) Skills in a Jumble
- Research 100%
- Public Speaking 90%
- Wordpress / CMS90%
- Writing & Editing100%
- Media Strategy 100%
- Event Organization 100%
- Project Management 100%
- Photography 70%
- Social Networks 100%
- Open Data 90%
- Open/Citizen Science 100%
- Webdesign 70%
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