We are Huaira

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Our History

We are internet policy researchers and digital rights advocates.
We focus on freedom of expression, cybersecurity, misuse of biometrics, and information disorders.

We believe that civil society and academic community active role is paramount for a fair and democratic global Internet Governance. We work for access to information, knowledge and participation.

We embrace the power of communications for public good in today’s world. Therefore, we are committed to fight against censorship, propaganda, misinformation, surveillance, and harassment.  

Based in Quito (Ecuador), we aim to work throughout the Andean Region.

Our Team

María José is an expert on communication and policy issues. She has more than 10 years of experience researching issues related to the changes of society with the intensive use of communication technologies. She holds a Doctorate in Political Studies, specializing in Political Communication. She has Bachelor’s degree in Comparative History from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, and has a Master’s degree on Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland. She has worked on digital media with the private and the public sector. Her research interests are cybersecurity and citizen political participation and communication with the use of social media. Her advocacy efforts focus on open government, e-participation, e-democracy, cyber security and internet governance. In her spare time she tries to raise a family (including a hamster) and tries to master the arts of mixology and breadmaking. Her Twitter handle is @mariajoseec

María José Calderón

María José is an expert on communication and policy issues. She has more than 10 years of experience researching issues related to the changes of society with the intensive use of communication technologies. She holds a Doctorate in Political Studies, specializing in Political Communication. She has Bachelor’s degree in Comparative History from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, and has a Master’s degree on Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland. She has worked on digital media with the private and the public sector. Her research interests are cybersecurity and citizen political participation and communication with the use of social media. Her advocacy efforts focus on open government, e-participation, e-democracy, cyber security and internet governance. In her spare time she tries to raise a family (including a hamster) and tries to master the arts of mixology and breadmaking. Her Twitter handle is @mariajoseec
Efrén is a lawyer with an expertise on Human Rights. He holds an LL.M and a PhD in Government and Public Administration from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. His research interests deal with democracy, social conflict and public policy with human rights focus. Currently, he is the vice-dean at the Law School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. His interests include Internet governance, cryptocurrencies, cyber law, online social movements, cyberdemocracy, and network analysis. He also dubs as a serious photographer whenever he gets a chance. All images in our website were photographed by him from different corners of the Ecuadorian Andes, ranging from the Emerson river to the Pacific, plus the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. In case you were wondering, there are #NoFilters. His Twitter handle is @auraneurotica

Efrén Guerrero

Efrén is a lawyer with an expertise on Human Rights. He holds an LL.M and a PhD in Government and Public Administration from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. His research interests deal with democracy, social conflict and public policy with human rights focus. Currently, he is the vice-dean at the Law School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. His interests include Internet governance, cryptocurrencies, cyber law, online social movements, cyberdemocracy, and network analysis. He also dubs as a serious photographer whenever he gets a chance. All images in our website were photographed by him from different corners of the Ecuadorian Andes, ranging from the Emerson river to the Pacific, plus the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. In case you were wondering, there are #NoFilters. His Twitter handle is @auraneurotica
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A message from us

We believe that having access to a free and secure Internet is a crucial element of today’s social fabric. Our team works for the betterment of Internet access in Latin America and elsewhere and the dissemination of digital tools for development, from a human rights perspective.

We are devoted to working with communities, stakeholders and governments in the region enhancing their capacities for undertaking projects and enforcing internet policies that work within an open internet framework and respect human rights. 

Huaira -true to its meaning- seeks for the empowerment of communities through the use of Internet for citizen’s change.