Yaso is an activist, researcher, developer and designer. She is currently affiliate at Berkman Klein Center at Harvard and a fellow at Digital Harvard Kennedy School, where she works on technologies to bootstrap democracy, using open data, privacy, online identity, and blockchain. She is also a fellow at the Center for technology and Society at Fundacao Getúlio Vargas (CTS-FGV), researching data extraction for social impact and public policies, besides smart cities and discrimination.
She held several positions within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and as Web Specialist, she was one of the chairs of the Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group. She currently sits in the advisory board of the Open Knowledge Foundation (Brazil chapter), and of the Coding Rights think tank, part of the Privacy International Network. Within Coding Rights, she is the author of a series on Online Identity, and she contributed to the "Sexy nudes: a sexy guide to digital security". Coding Rights won the FRIDA prize on Digital Innovation in LatAm in 2017. Besides, she is Director of the initiative Serenata de Amor anti-corruption project, which uses machine learning and open data to facilitate social control of the public representatives. The success of the project was proven when Yasodara was invited to present it in the Brazilian Congress in 2017.
In the past, she held a consultant position at the United Nations, working at the Brazilian Presidency and Ministries of Justice and Culture, she successfully co-led platforms for Brazil’s participatory lawmaking, being the responsible for the Marco Civil Framework public consultation platform, among other Bills. She also led/participated in multiple free/open source software projects. She regularly writes for Privacy International/Coding Rights and has won twice the Vladimir Herzog prize, the major prize in Brazil for journalism and human rights. She is a counselor of the Nucleus of Studies on Technology and Society of the University of São Paulo, the Nets_USP, advisor of the nonprofits Open Knowledge Brazil and the Coding Rights Group. She also co-founded the Calango Hackerspace.