About me

I am a researcher with the Technology and Social Change Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, as well as an associate at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. I research information technology and security, with a focus on media manipulation, censorship, conflict, and civil society. Previously, I was a grantee of the Open Society Foundations, where my research focused on far-right extremism online. I also completed a fellowship through the Open Technology Fund’s Information Controls Fellowship Program, where I studied the securitization of “fake news” and censorship.

Last updated: November 10, 2021


I started the first year of my PhD program in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto!

I am also organizing a workshop on “The True Costs of Misinformation”. It will be a two-day in-person event in Cambridge, MA from March 9 to 10, 2022. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2021. CFP here.

Select Writing

Gabrielle Lim, “Frustrating the State: Surveillance,Public Health, and the Role of Civil Society,” in Watching the Watchers: The New Frontier of Privacy and Surveillance under COVID-19 (Centre for Media, Technologyand Democracy, McGill University, 2020).

Gabrielle Lim, “The Risks of Exaggerating Foreign Influence Operations and Disinformation,” Centre for International Governance Innovation, August 7, 2020.

Alexei Abrahams and Gabrielle Lim, “Repress/Redress: What the ‘War on Terror’ Can Teach Us about Fighting Misinformation,” Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review 1, no. 5 (July 22, 2020), DOI: 10.37016/mr-2020-032.

Gabrielle Lim, “Securitize/Counter-Securitize: The Life and Death of Malaysia’s Anti-Fake News Act,” Data and Society Research Institute, 2020.

Gabrielle Lim, Matt Goerzen, Elizabeth Anne Watkins. “Entanglements and Exploits: Sociotechnical Security as an Analytic Framework,” USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI), 2019.

Gabrielle Lim, Etienne Maynier, John Scott-Railton, Alberto Fittarelli, Ned Moran, and Ron Deibert, “Burned After Reading: Endless Mayfly’s Ephemeral Disinformation Campaign,” Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, 2019.