Brazilian-born women lead Think-and-Do tank that aims to advance in the enforcement of Human Rights in the digital world by integrating usages and understandings of technology into policy making processes.

Our projects are developed in the intersection of the following areas:

City, Boarders and Territories in the Digital Age

Digital technologies are gradually integrating territories. From Smart Cities, facial recognition technologies, Big Data, Augmented Reality or drones flying over the frontiers, to new issues coming along with the cyber security of States.

Gender and Sexuality in the Digital Environment

Virtual spaces, especially the mainstream platforms that dominate the internet nowadays, reflect the same inequalities we observe offline as sexism, racism and homophobia, threatening the rights of non-conformity groups to freedom of expression, information and safety.

Coding our Rights

This thematic area takes the policy hacking dynamics into its core seeking to address the challenges to merge the communities working in technological tools and those working on advocating for protecting Human Rights in the digital environment.

Response to Public Emergencies

Coding Rights is concerned about how Human Rights are affected or reinforced by public policies addressing digital technologies.

Areas and Projects

Oficina Antivigilância

Through digital security workshops, articulation with national, regional and international civil society organizations, participation in public debates and trimestral production of the Newsletter Antivgilancia, this project has the goal to foster an informed network of threats and opportunities for the protection of privacy rights in the digital era. Subscription of the newsletter is available here.

Human Rights Considerations for Standards and Protocols – IETF

Improvement of Internet Drafts and production of the short documentary Net of Rights, both with the goals to engage the comunity of the Internet Engineer Task Force to develop research methodologies for assessing Human Rights considerations for standards and protocols.

Sexy Guide to Digital Security

Digital security can also be fun. By apropriation of the meme “send nudes!”, this small project has the goal to spread the word about digital security for the average user, who relies on digital media for their communication.

Partnership for Outreach of Security In A Box and Exposing The Invisible

Developed by Tactical Tech Collective, Security in a Box is one of the most knowledgeable and translated guides for digital security tools, while Exposing the Invisible is a project to discuss tools for investigative journalism. This partnership involved organizing joined events, sharing methodologies and expanding the networks for this kind of training.

Challenges of Big Data and New Technologies to Privacy Rights

Small grant to guarantee the engagement with Privacy International Network for the production of policy briefings to assess challenges of the emerging technologies to the protection and promotion of privacy rights, as well as for engaging in the Universal Periodical Review of the Human Rights Council to mainstream privacy issues.


Attendance of international meetings for engagement with decision-makers and civil society representatives in order to promote human rights in the process of review for the 10 years of the World Summit on Information Society – WSIS+10.

NetGovMap – Visualizing the Playing Field

Beta version of an interactive visualization of Internet Governance processes that should develop to work as a visual database for enabling policy makers and activists to visualize the big picture of the playing field.


The goal of this project proposal is to build a data bank of bills
and draft bills related to digital rights in order to enable civil society advocates to respond in
timely manner and policy analysts to capture the bigger picture and make correlations

  • Advocacy Mission na 38ª Sessão do Conselho de Direitos Humanos da ONU

      Nesta semana, a Coding Rights está em Genebra, Suíça, para a 38ª Sessão do Conselho de Direitos Humanos da ONU, onde participaremos de discussões e negociações que deverão resultar em encaminhamentos de resoluções que envolvem temas high level como ‘Internet and Human Rights’, ‘Privacy in the Digital Age’ e ‘Violence Against Women (VAW)’. No dia…

  • Gendering Surveillance at Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2018

    Most discussions of surveillance in recent years have been focusing on State surveillance and its intersection with the massive data collection that underlines the business models of tech corporations. But this overlooks the different types of surveillance that women and non-gender binary people face based on their gender and sexual preferences. Unlike surveillance, this kind of…

  • Safermanas: ¡tips de seguridad digital en gifs!

    Coding Rights lanza una serie de gifs para que mujeres y personas de género no binario dominen los trucos de la tecnología En el celular, programamos citas con crushes, buscamos el mejor camino para llegar a algún lugar, guardamos nuestra agenda y tantas otras cosas que no cabrían en la cartera o en una riñonera.…

  • SaferSisters: Feminist Digital Security Hints in gifs!

    Coding Rights launches a collection of gifs for women and non-binary people to nail tech apps, gadgets and habits On our cell phone we set dates with our crushes, store our nudes or family photos, have secret conversations, keep our phonebook, information about visited locations and carry much more things than what would possibly fit…

  • Safermanas: dicas de segurança digital em gifs!

    Coding Rights lança série de gifs voltada para mulheres e pessoas de gênero não-binário dominarem os paranauê tecnológicos No celular marcamos encontros com crushes, procuramos qual o melhor caminho para chegar num lugar, guardamos nossa agenda e tanta coisa que nem caberia na bolsa ou na pochete. MAS, ao contrário do cuidado que teríamos se essas…

  • Carta conjunta de recomendações para transparência e anticorrupção na aquisição e uso de tecnologias de vigilância pelos Estados americanos é entregue à Cumbre de las Americas 2018

    Por Paz Peña* O tema da Cumbre de las Americas 2018, que acontece entre os dias 13 e 14 de abril em Lima, Perú, é “Gobernanza democrática frente a la corrupción”. Frente ao chamado para que a sociedade civil participasse com inputs na discussão, diversas organizações da América Latina vinculadas ao trabalho de direitos humanos em…

  • Recommendations on technology-related Violence Against Women (VAW) for the UN

    Based on three joint reports with Latin American perspectives about Technology-Related Violence Against Women presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (list of reports mentioned in the end of this article), Paz Peña and Joana Varon have compiled a series of recommendations willing to summarize core topics of those documents in order…

  • Annual Report Coding Rights 2016

    Currently, the architectural and software features of ICTs – as well as core guiding principles for policy making addressing these technologies – are developed by a non-diverse group of people, mostly white men from the so called Global North. Developing code for software or legal codes are not neutral tasks, which means that these restrict…

  • Coding Rights é uma das vencedoras do Prêmio Frida

    Em dezembro de 2017, a Coding Rights foi anunciada vencedora na categoria Mulheres na Tecnologia do Prêmio Frida. Isso aconteceu graças a projetos como Chupadados, Safer Nudes e Radar Legislativo. O Prêmio Frida busca reconhecer iniciativas e práticas inovadoras nas áreas de tecnologia da informação e da comunicação, com foco nas que fornecem soluções criativas…

  • Organizações lançam relatório sobre violência de gênero na Internet, que será subsídio para discussões na ONU

    Foi lançado hoje, no Fórum da Internet no Brasil, o relatório “Violências de Gênero na Internet: diagnósticos, soluções e desafios”, resultado de uma contribuição conjunta enviada à Relatora Especial da ONU sobre violência contra a mulher, que está fazendo um relatório sobre violência online. Sistematizado pela Coding Rights e pelo InternetLab, o relatório está disponível…

  • Transfeminist Algorithms: a speculative exercise for a less fcked up future

    There is substantial evidence that most of the algorithms that command our digital interactions are biased, particularly towards reproducing what Black feminist scholar Patricia Hill Collins calls the matrix of domination (capitalism, heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and settler colonialism). In other words, AI is currently organized to help mantain the status quo of social inequality and…

  • Coding Rights at IGF2016

    LATIN AMERICA IN A GLIMPSE Orgs. Derechos Digitales, Coding Rights and APC Monday, December 5 – 14h AC Guadalajara México Hotel – Marriott Avenida de Las Americas 1500, Country Club, Guadalajara Jalisco 44610, México Release of “Latin America in a Glimpse”, a summary of the most important trends in the digital rights arena in the…

  • WEBINAR: Derechos Sexuales y la Violéncia en línea

        Coding Rights, Tactical Tech y ARROW se complacen en invitarles a nuestro Webinar sobre Derechos Sexuales y la Violéncia en línea este jueves, 15/9 de las 14:30 a las 16:00 (GMT-UTC -3). La discusión tendrá como base dos publicaciones recién salidas del horno ARROW for Change (AFC) Bulletin y el Boletin Antivigiláncia #14 sobre temas tales como la…

  • Safer Nudes

        O celular vibra. Pode ser spam da operadora, corrente de WhatsApp, mas é um pedido: MANDA NUDES! Arriscaríamos dizer que a maioria de nós deseja ardentemente enviar e receber nudes todos os dias, o dia inteiro. E também acreditamos que a privacidade da sua comunicação é um direito, e que quem deve escolher…

  • Coding Rights sessions at re:publica TEN

      DIGITAL COLONIALISM: A GLOBAL OVERVIEW Monday, May 2 14:45 to 15:45 | Stage 2 Renata Avila (Web We Want), Joana Varon (Coding Rights), Nanjira Sambuli (iHub) and Alan Mills (Guatemalan poet, writer and literary researcher) Never before a small sector had so much power over the entire World, to monitor the present and predict…

  • Net of Rights

    Today, 4 March, ARTICLE 19 and Coding Rights are launching ‘Net of Rights’, a short film which explores the link between internet protocols and human rights online. The film will screen at 6pm at the Internet Freedom Festival. It is too-often assumed that there is no link between protocols (the standards which underpin the way…

  • Coding Rights sessions at the Internet Freedom Festival

    Tuesday, March 1st 15:00 // Auditorium Malware Against Political Dissidence in Latam Digital surveillance against political dissidents in Latin America has been always a suspicion from activists and journalists, but, recently, strong evidence had shown how these kind of practices are escalating in a very pervasive way. From the scandals of surveillance to public figures…

  • Send Nudes

    Digital security can also be fun. By apropriation of the meme “send nudes!”, this small project has the goal to spread the word about digital security for the average user, who relies on digital media for their communication, but are not necessarily tuned with the specifics of digital security debate. Also discussing post-porn aesthetics and…

  • Internet Governance Forum 2015

    Joana Varon’s speech representing civil society at IGF2015 Opening Ceremony . TRANSCRIPT: Hello, all protocols have been addressed. I would like to extend my general greetings for all the participants. And correct my affiliation. I’m actually researcher and human rights advocate, and founder director of Coding Rights which is a female organisation focused in advancing…

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