Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Civil Society Lab, Stanford PACS
Toussaint Nothias is a postdoctoral fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab. He holds a PhD in Media and Communicationfrom the University of Leeds. His research explores journalism, social media and civil society in Africa. In the past, he has conducted interviews among foreign correspondents to understand how the global image of Africa is produced. He has also done research with Kenyan journalists to examine their work practices and the impact of social media during their reporting of elections, terrorism, and the ICC investigation in Kenya. His postdoc fellowship project, titled Free Basics and the African Digital Civil Society, looks at the implementation of Facebook’s initiative to bring free Internet across various African countries, and its impact on local media production and civil society groups. At the intersection of postcolonial theory, media globalization, and development studies, the project traces a genealogy of Facebook’s Free Basics, delineates its institutional, infrastructural and legal status, explores its incentives, and assesses its legitimacy. In 2017, Toussaint organized the workshop “African Media Studies in the Digital Age” at Stanford, and in 2018 he received the Stuart Hall Award from the IAMCR for his work on Twitter in Kenya.