Felipe Heusser is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, but also an activist, researcher, and social entrepreneur. He is broadly interested in the intersection of civics and technology, exploring topics such as freedom of information, civic media, and open government.
Felipe is the founder and former Director of Ciudadano Inteligente; a Latin American NGO based in Chile, which through the means of technology, channels citizen participation and online accountability. During Felipe’s leadership, Ciudadano Inteligente expanded its work throughout Latin America, co-founding the Latam civic-Hacker Network ‘Desarrollando America Latina’, and the international federation for civic technology ‘Poplus.org’. In 2010 Ciudadano Inteligente was recognized with the Golden Nica Award for Digital Communities (from Ars Electronica), and with the Omidyar Network Award in 2013.
As a result of exploring independent media coverage of the 2011 Chilean Student Protests (by using aerial live streaming footage captured from helium balloons), Felipe co-founded Rhinobird.tv , a project that later won the 2012 Knight News Challenge. Rhinobird.tv is an open-source live streaming application, built to create a community-driven live video network where events can be shared in real time. It operates on P2P using WebRTC. Felipe is also the co-founder of the Chilean online radio Subela.cl, an Ashoka Fellow since 2010, and member of the Board of Advisors for Code for America’s International Project.
As a Berkman Fellow, Felipe will be exploring the study of civic technology and open government, while also examining the policy and legal implications of community driven media.
Felipe is a Chilean Lawyer graduated from the P. Universidad Católica, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where he is also a PhD Candidate in Government.