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Renata Avila · March, 2009

Renata Avila is a human rights lawyer specialising in Intellectual Property and Technology. She worked as one of the lawyers representing the Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and more recently, Wikileaks and other whistleblowers and publishers by providing legal advice. Involved in Internet and Human Rights research since 2006, Renata worked with the Web Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and more than 125 organizations from the global south, in an effort to uphold human rights in the digital age. She serves as a Board Member of Creative Commons and is an active advisory member for different initiatives, from the Whistleblower Network in Germany, Coding Rights, to the Data Activism Project from the University of Amsterdam and the the Municipality of Barcelona’s BITS initiative, aiming at reducing surveillance and empowering citizens with privacy tools. She is currently writing a book on Digital Colonialism.

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Latest posts by Renata Avila from March, 2009

19 March 2009

Guatemala: A Violin in Silence After Murder of Youth

The latest victims to violence in Guatemala are a young violinist, Hans Castro and his two companions Andrea Robledo and Edwin Urrea. The murders took place in the outskirts of...

15 March 2009

Guatemala: Opposition to Mining Operations

A recent BBC story reported on skin infections showing up in several indigenous communities in Guatemala. Many from the community and other activists are placing blame on an open-pit mining...