Nada Alwadi is a PhD student at the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. She is also a storyteller and a trained journalist with more than 15 years of experience in the media sector. Alwadi holds a master’s degree in mass communications and is a Fulbright Alumna from the journalism school at the University of Maryland. In 2011, she was the winner of the first James Lawson Award for achievement on reporting on nonviolent conflict, presented by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, D.C. Alwadi’s past writings were featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and Open Democracy. Her latest academic writing was published in the book “The Whole World is Yexting.” Alwadi is Bahraini American, and her research focuses on exploring Internet Governance and its relation to cyber-resilience in the Arabian states of the Gulf.