Maria Paz Canales is a Chilean lawyer and hold a Master's Degree with specialization in Law and Technology from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2017 Executive Director of Derechos Digitales (DD), a 13 years old independent non-profit organization based in Chile, working across Latin America on human rights in the digital environment, particularly freedom of expression, privacy, and access to knowledge and information. She was part of the group who founded the organization in 2005. She is part of the the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the programing committee of Latin America and Caribe IGF preparatory meeting. Previously, her work in private practice and academia covered telecommunications regulation, competition, data protection and intellectual property.