Yasodara (Yaso) Córdova
Yaso Córdova, an activist, researcher, and developer, previously held a digital HKS fellowship. She is also affiliated with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University where she works on technologies to bootstrap democracy, using open data, privacy, online identity, and blockchain. She is also a fellow at the Center for technology and Society at Fundacao Getúlio Vargas (CTS-FGV), researching data extraction for social impact and public policies, besides smart cities and discrimination.
She held several positions within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and as Web Specialist, she was one of the chairs of the Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group. At the United Nations, working at the Brazilian Presidency and Ministries of Justice and Culture, she successfully co-led platforms for Brazil’s participatory lawmaking. She also led/ participated in multiple free/open source software projects.
Nowadays, she is an active advisor of the Serenata de Amor anti-corruption project, which she presented in the Brazilian Congress in 2017. She regularly writes for Privacy International/Coding Rights and has won twice the Vladimir Herzog prize, the major prize in Brazil for journalism and human rights. She is a counselor of the Nucleus of Studies on Technology and Society of the University of São Paulo, the Nets_USP, advisor of the nonprofits Open Knowledge Brazil and the Coding Rights Group. She also co-founded the Calango Hackerspace. She is co-organizer of the spring 2019 Data As Development Workshop.