IMPORTANT: For the avoidance of doubt, this text is not of my authorship. I found it on the Internet, with a public domain dedication. I share many of the ideas on it. But I did not write it. As it is dedicated to the public domain, anyone can translate, adapt, reproduce, etc.

I found this on the Internet and I consider it an important reflection. An important read. And a departing point for discussions.

Trying to Understand the Lynching of Stallman: for an Uncompromising Defense of Free/Libre Software

Some people taking part in the mob lynching RMS for sure hate…


“And the great tragedy is that the nation continues in its national policy to ignore the conditions that brought the riots or the rebellions into being. For in the final analysis, the riot is the language of the unheard….And the fact is that justice is indivisible; injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOWDtDUKz-U


This note is a long overdue clarification and a public apology to both the current Courage Foundation trustees and Julian Assange.

I served as an advisory board member for Courage Foundation for an extended period, and then as a trustee from November 2016 until late April 2018. During that period, I collaborated closely with my fellow trustees in campaign, legal and administrative matters regularly.

I had to resign in late April to the position due to two situations:

  • First, my entry to the Embassy of Ecuador was blocked for months. Being blocked from the Embassy, given the massive surveillance and…


Hardware Colibrí developed in El Salvador.

This study presents an assessment of the current public policies in Central America, related to net neutrality, access to the Internet, surveillance and online data protection. It describes the current state of the areas, but also the relevant stakeholders that might influence and advance those. The study covers the current situation in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.

Executive Summary in English

Full Report in Spanish

El presente estudio ofrece un diagnóstico de la situación centroamericana de las políticas públicas referidas a la neutralidad en la red, el acceso a internet, la vigilancia y la protección de datos…


  • Intervención para VIII Foro de la Democracia Latinoamericana. “Desafíos de las Elecciones en tiempos de cambio: un panorama latinoamericano.

Los pilares para unas elecciones libres y justas son la transparencia, la igualdad y honestidad de las campañas electorales y el acceso a la información oportuna, que permita a los votantes tomar una decisión informada en el momento del voto, y llevar a cabo una fiscalización ciudadana constante, más allá de períodos electorales.

Cada uno de estos pilares está sufriendo cambios profundos derivados de las nuevas tecnologías, que no se reduce únicamente a las redes sociales y sus problemas obvios. El…


Una crítica del manejo de la ciberseguridad en Centroamérica propone la creación y promoción de un marco general de ciberseguridad que respete los derechos humanos colocando a la privacidad al centro, que incremente la confianza de quienes se conectan por primera vez, y que transforme verdaderamente el acceso y el uso de la Internet en una herramienta de desarrollo y empoderamiento.

Imagen por Compact World bajo una licencia de Creative Commons.

Ciberseguridad, Privacidad y Privilegios

Llevar la Internet a los pobres es también, de forma directa o indirecta, contarlos, computarlos, monitorearlos y controlarlos; la seguridad o privacidad de sus conexiones es un tema del que poco se discute y nada se hace. Las políticas…


Written by Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Deborah Hrbeck, Melinda Taylor and me.

Picture courtesy of “Hacking Justice” team. Monument “Anything to Say?” in Berlin.

We are lawyers for WikiLeaks. We are speaking out because we believe that Laura Poitras’s film Risk, released in U.S. theaters on May 5 this year, places our clients in legal jeopardy.

The film serves to undermine WikiLeaks just as the Trump administration has announced that it intends to prosecute its journalists, editors and associates.

Our first issue with Risk is that the film was edited in New York, where the raw footage can more easily be seized by the U.S. government. By moving the editing location from Berlin…


Charla preparada para Mujeres con Poder, primera edición de Dixit, Nomada.gt

En trabajo de Campo con los amigos de Prensa Comunitaria. Foto CC de Atribución por Renata Avila. Lugar: Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango.

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Hace casi una década estaba en un escenario como éste, al lado del inventor de Wikipedia, mi buen amigo Jimmy Wales, lanzando Creative Commons en Guatemala. Éramos el primer país centroamericano y uno de los primeros en el mundo en considerar el rol clave que los bienes comunes digitales tendrían en el futuro cercano.

Los aires eran de esperanza. Abríamos un capítulo, de acuerdo a nuestras mentes utópicas, de un acelerado desarrollo social y humano, más allá de lo económico. La posibilidad de compartir a costo cero y…


This article was originally published in Spanish by Oficina Antivigilancia, a project of Coding Rights, on March 1, 2016. Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Surveillance camera by Svennevenn on flickr (CC-BY-NC)

The city of the future I see in promotional videos for systems of mass surveillance and mass control seems to be subsumed in a permanent state of normalcy. It is a city with no traffic, no protests, no visible disasters, no spontaneous mobilisations, no surprises. Spontaneous events, as if they were system errors, are suppressed before they occur. Movement analysis and decision-making happens in a control room that looks like a spaceship, where technicians work in real-time, watching…


Report published by CIHR, Web Foundation, Derechos Digitales and Antivigilancia.tk

Download the full study.

I am writing this from human rights lawyer to human rights defenders. I know you are all struggling with different fights but we might need to address this one together, in order to win all the others.

Electronic surveillance is different from censorship. Its ubiquity and invisibility make it extremely difficult to detect. Surveillance quietly contaminates all spaces of our daily, connected lives, both individually and collectively. This reality is a threat to our clients, our witnesses, our work and ourselves. It is eroding our right to protest.

Our right to circulate freely and fearless in…

Renata Avila

Fellow @StanfordHAI, co-Founder <A+> Alliance https://aplusalliance.org/, Author @globalvoices + @eldiarioes, Board @creativecommons, #DigitalColonialism writer

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