Postgraduate research student
Hi, I have joined Web Science Doctoral Training Center at the School of Electronic and Computer ECS since 2011. My PhD research is primarily concerned with studying how the Web has affect the growth of trust networks in Syria, one of the Arab Spring countries. The widespread political and social unrest in the middle east which began late in 2010 pointed to the role of computer mediated social networks to disseminate information and co-ordinate confrontational activities. My work reflect a genuine interest in understanding the role the social media is playing in the contemporary conflict and hope it will give a sound evidence on the power the nations hold with the era of the Web.
I graduated as mathematician ( Informatics ) and worked as teaching assistant in the School of IT Engineering of Damascus University before I granted very competitive scholarship to study Master in Distributed Computing Systems in the UK, 2006.
I was interested in the cultural studies beside my interest in the Technology. For that reason I have studied another degree in Islamic studies. Since that time I began to observe the importance of the pivotal role the sociology plays in the usage of the technology and the role the technology is playing in the society.
I was active in promoting the use of technology in the Syrian communities. I have founded many volunteering projects to support the public participation to contribute to Arabic Digital Content especially WIKI encyclopaedias. Working the public domain discloses the difficulties the ambitious woman face in my country. I found joining the women global effort would clear our massage to the people inside and outside Syria.
I was administrative member in the committee of Damascus in Syrian Computer Society.
I was lucky again as my efforts made me a role model and granted the Faculty for the Future scholarship to research on Web Science, the new interdisciplinary field which is addressing the contemporary compelling questions the Web is bringing to all the traditional domains.
My believe in the new world the Internet is promising gives me motivations not only to research but also to apply the wiki principles to the communities that marked as less active online. I have founded Wikilogia as name for the science and application of wider cooperation that become possible with the Internet. I have worked with my students in Damascus for two years before I left them to pursue my study in the UK. Now I am starting similar activities targeting the Muslim Society, one the societies of student union of Southampton University.