Tessa Knight is a research assistant for the Sub-Saharan Africa region at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in South Africa. Tessa originally studied genetics and biochemistry at the University of Cape Town, but switched to media and production after realising she did not want to be stuck in a lab for the rest of her life. She worked as a news journalist for two South African media companies before joining the DFRLab – EyeWitness News and Daily Maverick. At Daily Maverick she discovered her passion for tracking disinformation and the spread of digital propaganda on the African continent.

As a research assistant for DFRLab’s sub-Saharan African research unit, Tessa is committed to increasing awareness around digital propaganda, and working with other researchers, journalists and policy-makers to come up with uniquely African solutions to both local and international disinformation targeting the continent.