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.
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.