ABOUT

Gisela Pérez de Acha reports on extremism and other topics for the Investigative Reporting Program with a focus on digital forensics and network analysis. She is also a human rights lawyer, an open source researcher at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center Investigations Lab, and a trainer at Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps, a global network of volunteers who fact-check social media posts about war crimes and human rights violations. Gisela is part of an Emmy award-winning team at the New York Times for her collaboration on the story about The Siege of Culiacán and a digital safety trainer with PEN America. Born and raised in Mexico, Gisela speaks fluent Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. She has a master’s degree from Berkeley Journalism, where she now teaches cybersecurity and open-source investigations for upcoming journalists.

WRITING
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Frontline | American Insurrection

Steven Carrillo

El País | “Sentí más odio que nada”: la historia de un militar de Estados Unidos que quiso iniciar una guerra civil

“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War

ProPublica | “I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War

Human Rights Crisis in Chile: A Digital Inquiry."

Storymap | Human Rights Crisis in Chile: An OSINT Inquiry.

Washington Post | ‘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

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

The Weekly|The Plan to Rescue El Cha

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

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

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

Culiacán: mapping the “narcobloqueos

Aristegui Noticias | Los "narcobloqueos" en Culiacán

White Mexican director wins an Oscar

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

Using Digital Verification Before De

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

Sexual harassment, bounced checks, u

Mission Local | 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

Medium | My brother came to visit me this Día de Muertos

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

The Death of Charlie Hebdo (Spanish)

Vice | La Muerte de Charlie Hebdo

Protestas en Buenos Aires por la mue

Vice | Protestas en Buenos Aires por la Muerte de Nisman

TV & VIDEO
ACADEMIA
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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

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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

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RESEARCH PAPER: Digital Gender Gap in Mexico.

2018

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

UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS

 

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

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.