Renata Avila, (Guatemalan), is an international Human Rights lawyer, specialising in the next wave of technological challenges to preserve and advance our rights, and better understand the politics of data and their implications on trade, democracy and society. She is an Affiliate with the Stanford Institute of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She is an Advisory Board member for Creative Commons. She also serves as a Board Member of the Common Action Forum and a Global Trustee of the Think Tank Digital Future Society. She is an advisory member of the initiative Cities for Digital Rights. She co-founded the Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms, the Progressive International and the Polylateral Association, an international platform cooperative for knowledge workers. @avilarenata
Latest posts by Renata Avila from December, 2007
Guatemala: The Media's Shortcomings
Criticisms against the mainstream media in Guatemala has focused on its lack of coverage of rural areas, and its emphasis placed on countries like Venezuela. Bloggers have also noted double standards in its coverage of politicians. In addition, the use of new tools like blogs on the newspaper's site leaves a lot to be desired.
Guatemala: The Tradition of Burning the Devil
Every year in December, Guatemala prepares for the holiday season by putting up lights throughout the city. Another tradition during this month involves the burning trash and unwanted items, which symbolizes the devil and other unwanted spirits in one's life. It has also made way for a new drink, which is best consumed quickly.
Guatemala: A Tasteless Advertising Campaign
A series of advertisements from a Guatemalan shoe company that depicted dead women wearing the fashionable shoes caused an uproar. In a country, where the murder of women happens at an alarming rate, these ads were especially deemed to be in poor taste. Guatemalan bloggers protest and announce boycotts of the shoe company.