Joana Varon Ferraz

Joana Varon Ferraz

Technology and Human Rights Fellow
Joana Varon Ferraz

Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Joana is also the executive Directress and Creative Chaos Catalyst at Coding Rights, a women-run organization working to expose and redress the power imbalances built into technology and its application, particularly those that reinforce gender and North/South inequalities. Affiliated to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Former Mozilla Media Fellow, she is co-creator of several creative projects operating in the interplay between activism, arts, and technologies, such as project/link notmy.ai, transfeministech.org, chupadados.com, #safersisters, Safer Nudes, protestos.org, Net of Rights and freenetfilm.org. Lawyer and Bachelor in International Relations, with Master in Law and Development, and specializations in Law and Technology, she is a geek by heart, as such, was also part of the groups of researchers who kick-started the working group on Human Rights Considerations for Standards and Protocols at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Brazilian, with Colombian ancestry, she is engaged in several international civil society networks, such as Privacy International Network, the feminist hackers collective DeepLab, the Open Observatory of Network Interference (Ooni), Al Sur, among others, always focused on bringing Latin American perspectives in the search of feminist techno-political frameworks for human rights-based development, deployment, and usages of technologies.