Mares del Sur (Southern Seas) is a blog about access to information, transparency and open data in Latin America. Sometimes I write about my home country (Uruguay) and about developments on these topics world-wide. I also have a certain inclination towards topics around: e-government, civil service reform and policy transfer. And from time to time, I just express my view on more general issues about government and politics.
I am doing a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My thesis runs a comparative study on transparency and access to information in Chile, Uruguay and New Zealand. Also, I am a graduate teaching assistant in two courses: Public Policy and Democracy and Democratisation. Previously I went for a Master of Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington and in a former life I was a lawyer.
As a researcher I worked with civil society organizations in Uruguay on access to information in Latin America, as well as did consultancy for some governments in the region. I worked on state sector reform and policy transfer processes in Uruguay and New Zealand. I also worked on online participation issues for the New Zealand government and in the United Kingdom when I took part on the Hansard Research Programme
As an activist I founded DEMOS in Uruguay, a youth civic engagement programme and in my youth I volunteered in local and international iniciatives with TakingITGlobal .
I think and feel that we have to be the change we want to see in the world. It’s not a very original thought, and although I keep trying I might not be good at it. It’s a goal to keep aiming.