Photo by Darwin Quispe. Barrio Padre Mujica, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.

As part of my Yoti fellowship (2019–2020), I interviewed unemployed and underemployed people living in Greater Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata about identity and digital identity. This post stems from the findings of that research (identifique.cc).

Talking about identity (as legal identification) in Argentina was tricky. On the one hand people tend to associate it with having your human rights upheld and on the other hand the State effectively removes people’s personhood and access to their fundamental human rights by way of identification systems. If you are not registered in SIBIOS, the unified national identification database, you are considered…


Photo by Paz Bernaldo — RENAPER, Mar del Plata

La versión original en inglés apareció en el Blog de Yoti Fellows en enero de 2020.

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Discutir identidad digital es difícil, particularmente aquí en Argentina. Tanto así que me he visto obligada a repensar, varias veces, la lista de entrevistadas/os y los cuestionarios de entrevista. Hasta ahora he llevado a cabo una serie de entrevistas semiestructuradas con sujetos clave: personas desempleadas y subempleadas, así como entrevistas no estructuradas con investigadoras, trabajadores de ONG, formuladoras de políticas y actores en los campos de identidad/identificación digital, tecnología, pobreza, empleo. Debo decir que incluso con ellos, hablar de identidad digital se siente…


Public domain photo, found here.

This post was first published on the Yoti Fellowship’s blog.

This is the first field diary entry from Paz, one of our Digital Identity Fellows. Her year-long research project is focused on unravelling what digital identity, and identity in general, means to the unemployed and under-employed individuals receiving support from public job centres and local NGOs in Gran Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata in Argentina.

What do you do when you’re job hunting? Do you go out into the streets and hand over your printed CV to anyone that wants it? Most likely, I presume, you do not. …


Public domain photo, found here.

La versión original de este artículo fue publicada en inglés en el blog de la Beca Yoti el 14 de noviembre de 2019.

Este es el primer diario de campo de Paz, una de nuestras Becarias de Identidad Digital. Su proyecto de investigación de un año se enfoca en desentrañar qué significa identidad digital e identidad en general, para personas sub o desempleadas que reciben apoyo de oficinas de empleo públicas u ONGs en el Gran Buenos Aires y en Mar del Plata, Argentina.

¿Qué haces cuando buscas trabajo? ¿Sale a las calles y entrega tu CV impreso a quien…


Algunos aprendizajes a partir de fabricar y volar drones de código abierto

Co-escrito con Gustavo Pereyra Irujo

Con la ayuda de muchas manos y cerebros, y fondos de Numies, Mozilla Science Lab, y PROCISUR, desde junio de 2017 hasta enero de 2019, nosotros (los autores de este post) hemos co-liderado el Proyecto Vuela. Más de 40 talleres tuvieron lugar en Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Paraguay y Uruguay, con una “tripulación” de más de 150 personas, para primero replicar un dron de código abierto, luego modificarlo y por último usarlo.

En 2017 comenzamos a fabricar el Flone, un drone abierto de Aeracoop (flone.cc), y después del proceso de fabricación (ver aquí), decidimos intentar modificar…


Some of our learnings from making and flying open science hardware drones

Co-authored with Gustavo Pereyra Irujo

With the help of lots of hands and brains, and funding from Numies, Mozilla Science Lab, and PROCISUR, from June 2017 to January 2019 we (the authors of this post) have been co-leading Project Vuela. More than 40 workshops have taken place in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, with a ‘crew’ of over 150 people, to first replicate an open source drone, then modify it, and then use it.

In 2017 we started making the Flone, an open drone by Aeracoop (flone.cc), and after the making process (see post), we decided to try and…


This post is about the actions and narratives (full of fashionable buzzwords) the United Nations chooses in relation to technology and the developing/least-developed countries. I will examine what they do/say about drones, by looking at three cases, in Panama (UN related), Guyana (non-UN related), and at the UNICEF Innovation drone corridor in Malawi.

A rather patronizing, hierarchical, and colonial narrative seems at play; one that excludes issues of justice, agency, context relevance, and this is rather specific, hardware.

Technology determinism, acontextuality and optimistic simplism could be said to characterize UNICEF Innovation approach. Their narrative isn’t just words. It is powerful…


Poster by T.WEE ComicsCC BY-NC-ND

¡Vuela! (vuela.cc), is an open science and technology project we have been working on for over a year. One of our objectives in 2017 was to communicate our learnings as much as possible, in part to force us to review and analyze continuously and consistently what was working and what was not. But we got lost among cables and batteries. This year, however, our objectives are somewhat different, more complex no doubt, and therefore putting our learnings into writing seems crucial. In this first blog, I describe how and why we decided to start Vuela. …


Poster por T.WEE Comics CC BY-NC-ND

‘¡Vuela!’ (vuela.cc) es un proyecto de tecnología y ciencia libres en el que hemos trabajado por más de un año. Uno de nuestros objetivos en 2017 fue comunicar lo mejor posible nuestro aprendizaje, en parte para forzarnos a revisar y analizar de forma continua y consistente qué iba funcionando y qué no. Pero nos perdimos entre cables y baterías. Este año sin embargo, nuestros objetivos con Vuela son algo distintos, más complejos, y por lo tanto poner por escrito lo que venimos aprendiendo parece imperativo. En esta primera crónica, describo cómo y por qué decidimos iniciar este proyecto. …


Lighting Up the Hill — Day(s) of Learning by Paz Bernaldo at el Sombrero, Melipilla, Chile, 9 July 2017

Getting involved in a simple yet successful and collective action can be a mind/game changer for many.

Laboratorio el Sombrero (now we have re-called ourselves “Exploratorio Sombrero” because we feel ‘exploring’ is a more welcoming/democratic concept) is a research-action project that aims to create space for learning and experimentation in urban areas where access to diverse sources knowledge is limited. Its final goal is to fight segregation and inequality by gaining capabilities to crowd the physical and digital public space around…

Paz Bernaldo

Ciencia y tecnologías abiertas y libres. www.vuela.cc

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