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Renata Avila

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

5 October 2012

Guatemala: 7 Indigenous Protesters Killed in Totonicapán

At least 7 civilians were killed on October 4 when combined armed forces violently removed indigenous demonstrators from Cuatro Caminos, a well-known road intersection in Guatemala. Demonstrators were protesting the...

2 October 2012

Honduras: Charter Cities Threaten Garífuna Communities

The government of Porfirio Lobo recently signed an agreement to implement a variant of Charter Cities, called Special Development Regions (REDs), in Honduras. REDs can only be implemented in uninhabited...

Risky Ideas to Fight Corruption! #Testing123

4 August 2012

Guatemala Celebrates Erick Barrondo's Silver in Race Walk

Guatemalans are celebrating Erick Barrondo's silver medal at the Men's 20km Race Walk. As the news broke, social media users clapped and celebrated Barrondo's well-deserved victory. Barrondo comes from one...

3 August 2012

Guatemala: Indigenous Village Declares Internet Access a Human Right

In the village of Santiago Atitlan internet access has been declared "a human right" by both their inhabitants and their local authorities. Authorities are also implementing a plan to provide...

7 July 2012

Guatemala: Wave of Attacks Against Female Activists

In the last couple of weeks two female activists have been attacked. The victims are Lolita Chavez, an indigenous leader and member of the K’iche’ People’s Council, and human rights...

1 June 2012

RightsCon: Future of Digital Rights in Latin America and Beyond

Activists, business representatives, thinkers and policy makers are meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Human Rights and Technology Conference. Renata Avila and other Global Voices contributors are also...

8 May 2012

Guatemala: State of Siege Due to Hydroelectric Plant Conflict

The Guatemalan government has declared a state of siege in Santa Cruz Barillas, following demonstrations and clashes sparked by the death of a community leader who opposed the construction of...

27 January 2012

Guatemala: Former Dictator Efraín Rios Montt Questioned for Genocide

On January 26, a judge ruled that former de facto President Efraín Rios Montt will stand trial for genocide; the same day, Guatemala's Congress ratified the Rome Statute of the...

10 January 2012

El Salvador: Destruction of Cathedral Mural Angers Citizens

In 1997, Fernando Llort created the mural 'Harmony of my People' to adorn the front of San Salvador’s Cathedral. During the first week of 2012 the mural was destroyed by...

7 November 2011

Guatemala: Controversial General Elected President

Presidential elections were peaceful but tense in Guatemala. School of the Americas alumni and retired General Otto Perez Molina is the elected President of Guatemala after a tight and highly...

27 October 2011

Guatemala: Three Generals Finally Arrested and Indicted for Genocide

Guatemalan courts are set to face a challenge without precedent in the country: prosecuting genocide. After three decades of failed efforts to prosecute the Guatemalan Army, three generals stand accused...

7 October 2011

Ada Lovelace Day: Inspirational Women in Action

Technology for Transparency Network

Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they...

21 September 2011

Global: Online Dialogue on Technology for Transparency

Technology for Transparency Network

The Technology for Transparency Initiative, together with New Tactics in Human Rights, invites you to join an online dialogue on 'Using Technology to Promote Transparency'. Join us to discuss new...

11 September 2011

Guatemala: Following the General Election

Today, September 11, 2011, Guatemalan citizens will elect local, municipal, legislative and executive authorities. Hundreds are working from early in the morning until midnight to make democracy a reality. Although...

9 August 2011

Guatemala: Police Kill Peasant With Tear Gas Canister

Indigenous peasants living on lands claimed by landowners in Guatemala are often violently evicted from their homes by policemen and soldiers. Last week, 31-year-old Sergio de León was killed when...

21 July 2011

Guatemala's DipuKids: A New Generation of Candidates for Congress

A new generation of Guatemalan politicians under 30, dubbed the 'Dipukids', are causing controversy. Well educated and well travelled, many from the country's upper class - can they truly represent...

22 May 2011

Technology for Transparency: Final Report

Technology for Transparency Network

The Technology for Transparency Network is proud to announce the release of its final report, "Global mapping of technology for transparency and accountability". The report is being published by the...

17 May 2011

Guatemala: Brutality and Impunity: Over 28 Decapitated in Petén

This weekend in Guatemala was the bloodiest of 2011. Citizens in the northernmost state of El Petén, are in the middle of one of the worst armed encounters between the...

21 April 2011

Guatemala: Maximón and Other Holy Week Traditions

The different and special elements of religiosity in Guatemala make Holy Week (in Spanish, 'Semana Santa') quite a unique experience. Somehow the Catholic religion has been "hacked" to incorporate indigenous...

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