I am an applied social scientist and an information privacy researcher working in the field of human-computer interaction, emergent and pervasive computing and social media. Currently, I’m completing my PhD degree in Information Science at the University of Washington Information School (Expected in June 2017) where I arrived as a Fulbright scholar. I am also a member of the Value Sensitive Design Lab, a co-founder of the Political Bots.org project, and a co-founder of the HCI Across the Arab World initiative. My research spans two areas: the first one is information system design with focus on invisible (understudied) users, and the second one is social computing systems design and policy with focus social bots. Overall, my research reflects my strong passion for understanding people’s social and collaborative interactions in their everyday digital and physical contexts with the goal of designing collaborative, social, and inclusive technologies. I combine my experience conducting and designing research projects, my expert knowledge of qualitative methods, and my multilingual and cross-cultural background to turn complex ideas and results to actionable insights.
In my dissertation project, I investigated the use of social media (i.e., Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) by young adults from the Arab Gulf states (e.g., Saudi Arabia) to understand how youth conceptualize privacy and identity. In general, my research reflects my strong interest in a broader research agenda that advocates for culturally-inclusive design and research by applying qualitative, quantitative, visual and human-computer interaction methods, and on understanding the implications of emerging technologies used by people in different contexts.
In addition, I investigated the use and influence of Automated Social Actors (ASA) on social media– also known as Social and Political bots – on social networking sites during political events with the goal of informing automation policy. I published research in this area with focus on events related to the Arab spring, specifically, the Egyptian uprising and the ongoing Syrian civil war.
My research can be applied across both industry research and academia. I publish my research in venues like ACM CSCW(Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing) ACM SIGCHI(Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction) and ACM DIS (Designing Interactive Systems). Numerous outlets have also featured my research, such as the Pew Research Center, CNN, New York Post, Commondreams, Desmogblog, and the University of Washington news site. You can find my published research in my Google Scholar page.
Upon receiving the Fulbright Science Award, I came to the University of Washington, Seattle in 2009 from Saudi Arabia where I worked at DHL Express as a Direct Sales Manager and lead the initiation of one of the first all-women teams in the country. I hold a Masters degree in Information Management from the University of Washington Information School and a Computer Science Degree from King Saud University in Riyadh.