Helmi is a Research Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His research focuses on Internet and media freedom, censorship, and the depth and breadth of information controls hindering political and social inclusion and the work of media and civil society organizations in the Middle East and North Africa region at the national, subregional and regional levels.
Helmi monitors, analyzes, and maps the political, social, and idealogical discussions on social media, and identifies trends, communities, and key communicators. He examines how politically and socially vulnerable groups make use of the networked information economy and analyzes the content, discourse and structure of their communities online.
He explores the intersection of technology and political and social engagements, how the use of the Internet defies the social and political structures, and the potential systemic changes cyberspace can bring to real space.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Helmi received a Master's degree in Communications, Computing, and Technology & Education from Columbia University.