John Scott-Railton is conducting research in collaboration with the Citizen Lab on electronic attacks against opposition groups and the media in Libya and Syria. His research focuses on the emergence and impact of Pro-Government Electronic Actors (PGEAs) during the Arab Spring, and other threats against the human and electronic networks that underpinned Libyan and Syrian opposition movements.

In addition, he has worked to support the free and secure flow of information from Egypt and Libya by co-developing the highly collaborative citizen-journalist Voices Projects (@jan25voices and @feb17voices). He is also completing a PhD at UCLA, where his dissertation work focuses on the human security implications of climate change adaptation failures, focusing on West Africa.