Kira is the Communications Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Her research examines how the ways in which we achieve access to the internet enable or curtail the realization of fundamental human rights. Her research focuses on how communities at the margins of the web create innovative solutions to achieve access, challenging the corporate and state ownership models of internet provision.
Kira is an advocate open access to knowledge and the use of open source and free software and tools. Knowledge and the authority to interpret what we know should not stay locked in an ivory tower.
Kira completed a DPhil in Oriental Studies (Islamic World) and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where her research focused on online/offline politics, space, and mobility in Egypt after the 2011 Egyptian revolution. She holds a BA in Government and Linguistics from the College of William and Mary.
Research interests: community internet networks, autonomous infrastructure, human rights in the information society, the environmental impact of the internet, the political economy of information and communication technologies, precarious employment and the gig economy.