Yasodara Córdova, also known as "yaso", is an Industrial Designer and Developer. She architects software to be used as tools to assist humans constructing a better society.
yaso is a former team member of the W3C Brazil, where she acted as a Web specialist and co-chairs the Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group, besides participating in several working groups. Before W3C, yaso spent years consulting for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a technical analyst in innovation for developing countries. During that time, she developed web platforms for public participation in the policy-making process for the government of Brazil, including the open consultation process for the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet and the Data Protection Bill, among others.
In this role, she also developed platforms for citizen participation, as the "Observatorio da Juventude" (Youth Observatory) for the Brazilian Presidency. She worked in several projects aimed to make information and data open and accessible for everyone. She worked for the Digital Culture project at the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, where she researched decentralized and federated technologies for distribution of public information.
She is member of the Collaborative Council of Coding Rights, and also of the Open Knowledge Brazil Council. She currently develops projects on "identity on the web" for Privacy International and another on visualization of credit scoring systems for IDEC (Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection).
yaso was awarded twice the Vladimir Herzog prize, the major prize in Brazil for journalism & human rights, as a datavis designer, at the time she worked for the Brazilian Communications Enterprise (EBC). She is a co-founder of the Calango Hackerspace, located in Brasilia, capital of Brazil.