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Gisela Perez de Acha Chavez

Gisela Perez de Acha

Class of 2020

Gisela Pérez de Acha is Mexican human rights lawyer and multimedia journalist. She is now exploring new media frontiers at UC Berkeley’s Grad School of Journalism, where she is part of the visual investigations team at the Human Rights Center Lab. Her one passion is resisting the influence of privatized technologies in the public discourse and free speech.

Before UC Berkeley, Gisela was the public policy officer for Latin America at Derechos Digitales, a non-governmental organization where she mostly conducted research on algorithmic accountability and malware in the region. During that time she also edited Horizontal, the magazine for an independent cultural center in Mexico City, and booked art and literature events related to technology. After the deadly earthquake that hit Mexico country in 2017, Gisela became one of the media managers at #Verificado19s: a citizen collective that verified information and countered online fake news.

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Fullbright Scholarship