La Culpa Es De Graciela (Graciela is to Blame): A Creative Storytelling Series on Data Rights [English]

“The VANESSA app knows that I’ve been saving for my beach vacation… and so do the hackers!”

As part of our ‘creative fictions’ series, Privacy is Global is excited to bring you La Culpa Es De Graciela (Graciela is to Blame). This is a story written by Ecuadorian playwright Sebastián Bravo Montenegro and produced in partnership with Fundación Ciudadanía y Desarrollo in Ecuador. This story follows Graciela on her first day working at a major financial institution as their social media strategist. Graciela learns the hard way how important it is that institutions have adequate safeguards for personal data and that the government enforces laws and regulations! The story is inspired by a true story, the 2019 data leak of almost every Ecuadorian citizen’s personal data.

The ADAPT Creative fictions project assembled teams of fiction writers, activists, lawyers, comic book artists, comedians, audio engineers, and illustrators to think about how we could get more people interested in data privacy and digital rights advocacy through speculative fiction, humor, and new modes of communication.

To hear more about the politics of data protection in Ecuador and the push for regulations, listen to our previous podcast on the subject.


Concept and Script: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro
Script Editing: Marianne Díaz Hernández, Ricardo Chica Reino, Laura Vidal and Laura Schwartz-Henderson.
Voice Actors: Natalia Bustamante as Graciela; Alejandra Corman as Evelyn and Graciela’s mom; José Ignacio de Vries as both Fernando and Graciela’s brother, Sebastián Bravo Montenegro as Henryl and Andreina Abreu as Vanessa. Our angry clients were María Luisa Racines and Gabriel Leon
Sound Design and Mixing: Jimmy Garver
Editing: Elena Cazes
Music: Charles Antoine
Executive Producers: Laura Schwartz-Henderson and Laura Vidal
Special thanks: Emilie Castillo and Ahmad Newton
Sponsored by Internews and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington DC