Executive team

Joana Varon, Directress 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, CGI.br, 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: antivigilancia.org, protestos.org and freenetfilm.org. 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.

Mariana Tamari, General Project Manager

Journalist graduated in Social Communication and Journalism at Cásper Líbero Social Communication College (2006) in São Paulo. Previously, for understanding the importance of the participation of young, feminist and combative women in Brazilian politics, worked as General Communication Coordinator and Public Relations for the young and feminist mandate of State Deputy Isa Penna (PSOL-SP) and as General Communication Coordinator in the winning campaign of Congresswoman Talíria Petrone (PSOL-RJ), elected in 2018, one of the few young black women in Brazilian Congress. Before that, was Access to Information Program Officer for South America at ARTICLE19 Brazil, an institution that defends the freedoms of expression and information on a global level. Also worked as Project Manager for the Cono Sur at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLS), responsible for projects in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile, in addition to politically advising the organization’s projects in Brazil. As journalist, worked as reporter for the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, in the Science, Technology and Cities editorials and at Reuters News Agency, in the Macroeconomics, Technology and Companies editorials.

Bruna Martins dos Santos, Advocacy Strategist + Researcher

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.

Max Holender, Financial Manager

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.

Carol Monteiro, Communications Strategist

Journalist graduated from the School of Communications and Arts – ECA/USP and post-graduated in Environment and Society from FESP-SP. Actually a master student in Communication and Technology at the Federal Fluminense University (UFF). Since 2005 has been professionally involved with communications in the digital universe. Worked for several years in big communications companies (2005 to 2010) and after that (2010 to 2014) as communications strategist in the public sphere (Brazilian Federal government). Since 2015 started to work with more emphasis on institutional communication specialized in the themes of Technology and Human Rights. On this journey, also found time to have two childrens, open a café and study Interior Design.

Erly Guedes, Communications Manager

Erly is an anti-racist journalist graduated from the UFMA (Federal University of Maranhão). She’s also a master student in Communication at the Federal Fluminense University, where researches representations of black women on social media exploring identity, hair, and memory.

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.

Project Consultants

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, and more.

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