OUR TEAM

Cristina Vélez Viera

Political scientist from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia with a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Germany. She has worked as an advisor on ICT and network analysis projects for the Ministry of Information Technology and the National Agency for Legal Defense of the State. She was the coordinator of the Anti-Corruption Research Network established by the Global Secretariat of International Transparency in Berlin, and was part of the founding team of La Silla Vacia. She has also worked as a journalist for Semana magazine.

Carlos Cortés

Attorney from the Universidad de Los Andes with a master’s degree in Media and Communication Governance from the London School of Economics. Former director of public policy at Twitter for Spanish-speaking Latin America. Researcher at the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression at the Universidad de Palermo, Argentina. He worked as a journalist at La Silla Vacia and was director of the Foundation for the Freedom of Press (FLIP, in Spanish). Creator of “La Mesa de Centro. He has also conducted legal consulting and research projects for internet companies.

Nicolás Velásquez

Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami. Consultant and software developer for interpreting political coordination signals on social media. Fellow of the Center for Computer Science and member of the Complexity Laboratories at the University of Miami and George Washington University on “Big Data,” georeferenced information systems (GIS) and connective action projects. He has worked as a professor at Universidad Sergio Arboleda (Bogota) and the Elliot School of International Affairs (Washington, D.C.).

Tatiana Restrepo

Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad del Rosario, Colombia; Specialization in Government, Public Policies and Development from the Universidad de Los Andes. She served as an advisor on border social development projects with an educational and cultural focus through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was an advisor on ITC and gender appropriation projects at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies.

Jose Luis Peñarredonda

Journalist with a degree from the Universidad del Rosario, Colombia; master’s degree in Digital Culture and Society from King’s College, London, with a Chevening scholarship. He has worked on the intersection of science and technology, culture and power. For 10 years, he has worked in journalism for digital, print and TV media in English and Spanish, and he has combined that experience with qualitative digital research methodologies such as netnography, network analysis and discourse analysis applied to social media.

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