Karim Merhej is a researcher and Google policy fellow at the Governance and Policy Lab, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Prior to joining IFI, Karim worked in Jordan with a research institute, carrying out research on social protections and socioeconomic development in the country. He has written on governance and transparency, and has focused on the nuanced impact that digital technologies have on governance, activism, the economy and society. Karim holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Political Studies from AUB. You can follow him on Twitter at @karim_merhej.