ABOUT

Gisela Pérez de Acha is a journalist focused on digital forensics and investigative reporting. She is a trained human rights lawyer with master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley where she teaches cybersecurity for upcoming journalists. Gisela is also a Senior Reporter on the extremism beat at the Investigative Reporting Program and part of an Emmy award-winning team at the New York Times for her collaboration on the story about The Siege of Culiacán. In addition, Gisela is an open source researcher at the Human Rights Center Investigations Lab, and a trainer at Amnesty International's Digital Verification Corps, a network of more than 100 volunteers at six global universities who fact-check social media posts regarding war crimes and grave human rights violations across the world. She has specialized in Internet studies and the politics of Latin America for over a decade. Born and raised in Mexico, Gisela speaks fluent Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.

STORIES

‘Control Z’: la serie de Netflix muestra los fallos de la seguridad digital (y los clichés)

How polyamory’s core tenets can help us navigate moving forward post-pandemic

How polyamory’s core tenets can help us navigate moving forward post-pandemic

Mexico Needs a Free Press To Fight COVID

Mexico Needs a Free Press To Fight COVID

Why Mexico got a slow start in stopping COVID-19

Why Mexico got a slow start in stopping COVID-19

Faltan pruebas y subestiman número de contagios de Covid-19 en México

Faltan pruebas y subestiman número de contagios de Covid-19 en México

The Weekly|The Plan to Rescue El Cha

The Weekly| The Plan to Rescue El Chapo’s Son: Chaos, Guns and Fear

Culiacán: mapping the “narcobloqueos

Culiacán: mapping the “narcobloqueos”. A closer look at what can be fact-checked — and what not (Spanish)

White Mexican director wins an Oscar

White Mexican director wins an Oscar for Roma … Mexican feminists debate.

A migrant’s journey: From the cornfi

A migrant’s journey: From the cornfields of Oaxaca to running an urban farm in California

Using Digital Verification Before De

Using Digital Verification Before Deployment into the Field: The Advantages from Libya

Sexual harassment, bounced checks, u

Sexual harassment, bounced checks, unpaid bills: Former employees level bevy of allegations against owner of shuttered Mission de Flores

My brother came to visit me this Día

My brother came to visit me this Día de Muertos

After the Mexico City Earthquake

Después del Sismo del 19s: ¿Qué es Verificado?

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Mexico Hacking and Spying on Its Citizens Is a 'Human Rights Crisis'

The Death of Charlie Hebdo (Spanish)

La Muerte de Charlie Hebdo

Protestas en Buenos Aires por la mue

Protestas en Buenos Aires por la Muerte de Nisman

CONFERENCES
RESEARCH

INTERNET ENGINEERING TASK FORCE: Online freedom of association and internet infrastructure

2018

A socio-technical investigation on the relationship between the Internet architecture and the human right to freedom of association

BOOK: How the Internet Really Works in Mexico  (Spanish)

2016

A deep dive into the legal and technical ramifications of online human rights in Mexico

RESEARCH PAPER: Digital Gender Gap in Mexico.

2018

A substantive analysis on women's practices around technology in Mexico.

UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS

How bots pushed the conversation against the Migrant Caravan. Data visualization news piece into alt-right trolls, hate speech and polarization on Twitter. Expected December 2020.

 

Using Artificial Intelligence and Satellite Imagery to Find Mass Graves in Mexico. Expected December 2020.

Algorithmic Burying: the role of Facebook and Archiving Human Rights Abuses in Syria. The White Helmets Facebook page and challenge that human rights researchers face when trying to retrieve past content.

Expected July 2020.

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