Since November 2014, I work as a Communications Officer for APC.org, a network of human rights defenders committed to supporting organizations, social movements and individuals through the use of information and communication technologies.
I am also part of the SyriaUntold team, a digital archive on the Syrian civil movement and its creative and artistic content. It was launched by a group of Syrian journalists, writers, programmers and designers based inside Syria and abroad.
I write about human rights promotion, the threats against freedom of expression and the social dimension of technology for several media such as Global Voices Online, Global Voices Advocacy, Al-Jazeera, El Mundo, and Eldiario.es. I have also worked as a researcher for projects such as the Web Index, which analyses the state of the internet per country and scope.
I hold degrees in English Studies from the University of Santiago de Compostela and in Arabic Studies from the University of Granada. I have a master´s degree in International Cooperation, that took me to Tetuan, Morocco for a year, where I worked on development projects. I also studied Literary Criticism at the University of Kansas, where I lived and taught Spanish for three years, and Media Studies at Carlos III University.
I speak Spanish, English, Arabic and Galician (the co-official language of the Spanish northern-area of Galicia), and I have lived in Spain, Syria, Mexico, the United States and Morocco.
I am interested in new media and the changes it is helping create, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. I regularly speak at conferences and give trainings and workshops. Among many others, this has included the Newsxchange conference; the Nonick Conference on Internet trends, the Campus Party Millenium, the re:publica event and the Ars Electronica Festival, where I was also a jury member for the Digital Communities category.
I recently published my first novel, Cuando la revolución termine.
If you would like to contact me, please email me at: leila.nachawati[at]gmail.com
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