Juan Ortiz Freuler

Is the Internet to Blame for the Rise of Authoritarianism?

All illustrations by ApexInfinityGames & @Juanof9 (CC-BY).
While the internet has seriously damaged democracy, it has also given rise to a series of sub-communities, each believing that their twist on the same thought is equally valid.   Over the last few years, the potentially damaging impact of the internet, and particularly social media, on democracy has increasingly come to dominate the news. The recently ... Read the full article
Juan Ortiz Freuler

Juan Ortiz Freuler is a Policy Fellow at the Web Foundation. He has several years of experience researching and leveraging ICTs to advocate for government reforms, to increase transparency, citizen participation, and accountability. His greatest concern is inequality and the role the web can play in making the world a fairer and more peaceful place. Juan was previously a Google Policy Fellow, an Open Society Fellow (OSIRG), and had worked with several NGOs in Mexico and Argentina. He developed a web-based methodology to monitor judicial appointments in Buenos Aires, researched ICTs and citizen participation practices implemented by oversight institutions in Latin America, and has advocated for changes in Mexico’s Open Government Data and Universal Internet Access policies. A graduate from Di Tella Law School in Buenos Aires, Juan has recently completed Masters in both Public Policy and Social Science of the Internet at the University of Oxford. Juan speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.

How Cops Used a Public Genealogy Database to Catch the Golden State Killer

With the infamous Golden State Killer finally caught, it was mostly thanks to a freely available genealogy library, much the same as your bored aunt uses to fill in the family history.