Senior Digital Rights Advisor
Renata Avila, Guatemalan, is an international human rights lawyer and digital rights advocate. She is currently the director of the International Smart Citizen Foundation, mostly operating in Latin America with offices in Santiago de Chile and Rio de Janeiro, and also engaged in South-South Cooperation with Africa. Specializing in Intellectual Property and Technology, her work addresses the crucial intersection between human rights, information, technological change and the power disparities between the Global North and South. As a lawyer in Guatemala, Avila has represented indigenous victims of genocide and other human rights abuses, including the prominent indigenous leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum. She is also a trustee of Courage Foundation, supporting whistleblowers, including Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.