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About Renata Avila

Renata Avila is an advisor at the World Wide Web Foundation and a Guatemalan human rights and intellectual property lawyer. As part of her longstanding advocacy work in the field of internet and human rights, she led the Web We Want campaign to uphold human rights in the digital age in more than 75 countries. She sits on the Board of Creative Commons, is a trustee of the Courage Foundation and is an advisory board member of Diem25. She is currently writing a book about Digital Colonialism.

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Digital giants are trading away our right to privacy

Today, the big tech race is for data extractivism from those yet to be 'connected' in the world – tech companies will use all their power to achieve a global regime in which small nations cannot regulate either data extraction or localisation. 

Cuando lo que se negocia es nuestra privacidad: la Ministerial de la OMC en Buenos Aires

Si los países del hemisferio Sur quieren prepararse para librar guerras de datos, deberían empezar a pensar en cómo reducir el control de las grandes compañías tecnológicas. English

Trading away our Privacy; the WTO Ministerial in Buenos Aires

If countries from the Global South want to prepare for data wars, they should start thinking about how to reduce the overwhelming control of Big Tech. Español

A new digital trade agenda: are we giving away the Internet?

Will this foster digital rights, or leave us with even lower standards and a concentrated, quasi-monopolistic market benefiting from public infrastructure?

Privacy and Data Protection Day: restoring trust for digital citizens

The web has made our world increasingly borderless, and digital security should be borderless too, not just a privilege of those who can afford it. 

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