Beyond operating in a network, Coding Rights is also an organizational experiment: we have formed a Collaborative Council composed only by women from different fields involved and critical about the social developments of technologies. The idea is to let the organization work as a bridge across knowledge fields to empower women perceptions in a current male lead field.

We are technologists, lawyers, social scientists, hackers, artists, journalists, researchers, advocates…


Members of the Collaborative Council

  • Allison Burtch, Innovation in Speculative Hardware expert at UNICEF
  • Anja Kovacs, Director of the Internet Democracy Project, Delhi
  • Camila Agustini, Brazilian script writer from TV Globo and consultant for audiovisual projects
  • Carly Nyst, consultant human rights lawyer and independent consultant working on technology and human rights. Previously the legal director of Privacy International
  • Deborah Brown, senior project coordinator at the Association for Progressive Communications focusing on internet rights advocacy and internet governance.
  • Fernanda Monteiro, trans-activist and coder, co-founder of MariaLab
  • Fernanda Shirakawa, designer, digital security trainer and co-founder of Vedetas, a feminist
  • Fieke Jansen, consultant on politics of data, previously at Tactical Tech
  • Gabriella Agustini, founder and director of Olabi Makerspace
  • Giulliana Bianconni, journalist founder of the project Genero e Número
  • Katarzyna Szymielewicz, co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation
  • Maria Carolina Oliveira, researcher on cultural policies
  • Marina Oriente, filmmaker, photographer, visual Artist
  • Paz Peña, consultant on advocacy and communications strategy
  • Renata Avila, Global Campaign Manager for the Web We Want initiative
  • Silvana Bahia, Pretalabi
  • Tatiana de Mello Dias, journalist and editor at The Intercept Brasil
  • Veridiana Alimonti, brazilian lawyer specialist in consumers law, communications and digital, member of Intervozes and Latin American researcher at the EFF
  • Yasodara Córdova, Strategic designer and web specialist at W3C Brasil


Executive team

Joana Varon, Director and Policy Strategist

Brazilian researcher and advocate, founder-director of Coding Rights. Lawyer and bachelor in International Relations, with master in Law and Development, she has been dedicated to applied research for discussing legal institutional frameworks to foster innovation in the ICTs, while also protecting fundamental rights and the right to development. As such, she has worked as researcher on national innovation policies at Cebrap and the Observatory for Innovation and Competitiveness from the University of Sao Paulo; and on Internet policies at the Center for Technology and Society from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, particularly as manager of projects with Finep, OSF, Ford Foundation, the World Bank,, Global Partners Digital and Hivos. And she is currently consultant with Consumers International on privacy rights in Brazil and Germany and with Global Partners Digital on Internet Governance from the perspective of emerging economies. Between her main publications, she was co-author of “Information and Communication Technologies for Development” at International Development Ideas, Experience and Prospects, from Oxford Press; “Mapping Digital Media: Brazil”; “Content Filtering in Latin America” at New Technologies and Human Rights: challenges to regulation, from Ashgate; “Finladia: um salto para uma economia baseada no conhecimento” in Inovação: estratégias em sete países, from ABDI; and many blog posts on internet governance at Observatório Brasileiro de Políticas Digitals, as well as editor of Boletim Antivigilância. With former experience in conceiving innovation session of the 2008 edition of the International Festival of Electronic Language – FILE, willing to translate these issues to the all internet users, she is co-creator of several creative projects operating in the interplay between law, arts and technologies, such as:, and Engaged in international networks, she has been invited to be part of boards and networks related to arts and technology, such as the Advisory Council of Open Technology Fund, Privacy International network and the all-women hackers collective Deep Lab.


Lucas Teixeira, Chief Technologist

Developer, sysadmin and researcher, co-creator of Oficina Antivigilancia and editor of Boletim Antivigilância. Lead by community spirit, he is used to works in collaborative and voluntary projects for freedom of expression and free software, agroecology and free education. Computer geek since 13 years old, he studied Computer Science at UFRJ and have been involved in software development and system implementation, such as SMS Broadcast, a system do send bulk SMS to alert poor communities about evictions in Rio in preparation for the Olympics. We has also been developing workshop methods for digital security trainings, producing and translating documentation and platforms about the topic, through Oficina Antivigilância,, Security in a Box and Email Self Defense.


Carolina Monteiro, Communications Strategist and Researcher

Carol Monteiro is a journalist graduated from the School of Communications and Arts – ECA/USP and post-graduated in Environment and Society from FESP-SP. She began her career as a TV producer and reporter, but since 2005 has been professionally involved with communications in the digital universe. Carol worked for several years in important communications companies (2005 to 2010) and after that (2010 to 2014) as communications strategist in the public sphere (brazilian federal government). Since 2015, she has started to work with more emphasis on institutional communication specialized in the themes of Technology and Human Rights. On this journey, Carol also found time to have a child, open a café and study Interior Design.


Max Holender, Financial Manager

Max Holender is a business administrator graduated from IBMEC-RJ and has an MBA in Sports Management and Marketing from Trevisan. He has 5 years of experience in financial management of the third sector, having worked at the Institute of Technology and Society (ITS-Rio), Coding Rights and Igarape Institute.


Danae Tapia, Project Manager

Feminist Chilean writer and researcher on critical theory. Member of the Riseup Collective and advisor to FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund. BSc Social Communication, Universidad de Chile; MSc Economics (critical management studies), University of Bristol; postgraduate researcher on Comparative Literature at Utrecht Universtity.


Bruna Martins dos Santos

Advocacy strategist at Coding Rights. Bruna holds a BA in Law, Centro Universitário de Brasilia class of ’12, and in the past was a Legal Advisor at the Presidency of Brazil in subjects related to Internet Governance and Access to Information and, therefore, has experience and knowledge on civil society advocacy, legislation and policy-making processes. Bruna is also regional representative for Latin America and the Carribean on the Executive Committee of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency at ICANN and current co-coordinator the of Internet Governance Caucus.


Clara Juliano, Designer

Illustrator and graphic designer at Coding Rights. Clara holds a BA in Design, Esdi-UERJ (Superior School of Design in the State University of Rio de Janeiro), where she is also a researcher at the Design and Anthropology Lab. She investigates participatory and codesign processes as platforms for debate on gender issues. With an aptitude for participative, collaborative and human centered design projects, Clara aims for politically engaged Design practices.


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