• Senior Research Fellow

Iria Puyosa

Iria Puyosa is a senior research fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, leading a project on encrypted point-to-point messaging platforms.

She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and a master’s in communication from the Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. Puyosa is a member of the Toda Peace Institute’s International Research Advisory Council, advising on social media, technology, and peacebuilding. She was previously an associate professor at the Central University of Venezuela. Puyosa was also previously a Craig M. Cogut visiting professor of Latin American studies in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University. She was once a guest instructor on communication for Civil Resistance Campaigns at the Americas Regional Institute on Strategic Nonviolent Action, organized by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and Facultad Latinoamerica de Ciencias Sociales Ecuador. Puyosa served as the 2018-2020 chair of the Section on Venezuelan Studies in the Latin American Studies Association. 

Puyosa has researched information warfare, including coordinated propaganda, disinformation, politically motivated trolling, cyber harassment, lawfare, censorship, and surveillance in Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, Nicaragua, and the United States. She has also advised several Latin American political organizations and nongovernmental organizations on social media for political mobilization and digital policies. Recently, Puyosa authored “21st Century Authoritarianism in the Digital Sphere” and “Asymmetrical Information Warfare in the Venezuelan Contested Media Spaces.”

September 2023

Pro-Russian BRICS narratives in Latin America prospered during summit lead-up

by Iria Puyosa

In the six months ahead of the BRICS summit, narratives about a new multipolar world and the fall of US hegemony trended in Spanish-speaking Latin America information space
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August 2023

Protecting point-to-point messaging apps: Understanding Telegram, WeChat, and WhatsApp in the United States

by Iria Puyosa

A year-long project on protecting users' data and privacy that analyzes the growing use of point-to-point messaging platforms in the United States and the implications their design and governing policies have for user privacy and free speech.
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June 2023

Why Wagner’s “Telegram mutiny” remains a dilemma for the Kremlin

by Eto Buziashvili, Iria Puyosa

Hugely popular in Russia, Telegram has mostly avoided Kremlin internet restrictions - for now
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