Speakers

Dialogues & Debates is MozFest’s space for fiery keynote talks and compelling panel discussions.

2018 Speakers


TALK: On data and digital rights in Asia

Amba Kak

@ambaonadventure

Amba Kak is a policy advisor with Mozilla focusing on privacy, net neutrality and free speech in India.


PANEL: The data balancing act

As billions more people and tens of billion more devices come online, boundless amounts of data are created. How do we use it for good (development, smarter cities) and not bad (surveillance, insecurity)?

Zara Rahman

Zara Rahman

@zararah

Zara Rahman, researcher at the Engine Room working at the intersection of technology and social justice.

Malavika Jayaram

Malavika Jayaram

@maljayaram

Malavika Jayaram, executive director of Digital Asia Hub and faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.


Talk: The internet's original sin

Renee DiResta

Renee DiResta

@noUpside

Renee DiResta is a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation and Trust. She investigates the spread of disinformation and manipulated narratives across social networks.


TALK: Tim Berners-Lee on his latest work

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Tim Berners-Lee

@timberners_lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the web in 1989. He is the founder and director of the World Wide Web Foundation and a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Oxford University. He is co-founder and CTO of the newly launched company inrupt, that’s helping to fuel the success of Solid, the technically potent open-source platform built to decentralize the web.


PANEL: AI's collateral damage

Silicon Valley, Washington, DC, Beijing and other power centers are in an AI arms race. What does this mean for human rights and the centralization of power?

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Camille François

@camillefrancois

Camille François is a Mozilla Fellow, research director at Graphika, and affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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Guillaume Chaslot

@gchaslot

Guillaume Chaslot is founder of AlgoTransparency and a former software engineer at Google/YouTube.

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Alondra Nelson

@alondra

Alondra Nelson is president of the Social Science Research Council.

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Clint Watts

@selectedwisdom

Clinton Watts is a fellow at Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, a former FBI special agent, and author of “Messing with the Enemy.”


TALK: The state of privacy in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Julie Owono

@JulieOwon

Julie Owono is the executive director of Internet Sans Frontières, an organization protecting human rights online. Julie also writes columns for Al Jazeera English and Quartz.


PANEL: Data in oppressive regimes

How do citizens operate online when surveillance is routine and dissent is dangerous?

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Esra’a Al-Shafei

@ealshafei

Esra’a Al-Shafei is a Bahraini human rights activist and founder of Majal.org.

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Mahsa Alimardani

@maasalan

Mahsa Alimardani is an internet researcher with ARTICLE19, and reading for a DPhil at the University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute.


TALK: Tech has an inclusion problem

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Nathalie Richards

@nathrich

Nathalie Richards is co-founder of EduKit.


PANEL: Who Controls the Internet?

The internet was intended for many, but today it’s controlled by few. A discussion about centralization and possible solutions, from antitrust to a new economic model.

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Maryant Fernandez

@maryantfp

Maryant Fernandez is senior policy advisor at EDRi.

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Chris Riley

@MChrisRiley

Chris Riley is director of public policy at Mozilla.


TALK: On privacy, identity, and gender online

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Soudeh Rad

@soudehrad

Soudeh Rad is an Iranian queer feminist immigrant. Soudeh has been working as an activist, researcher and freelance journalist on human rights, digital rights and SOGIESC-based discriminations, with a focus on LGBTI+ individuals from or living in the MENA region, since 2008. Soudeh is President of Spectrum, a French queer feminist NGO.


TALK: On internet health

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Mitchell Baker

@mitchellbaker

Mitchell Baker co-founded the Mozilla Project to support the open, innovative web and ensure it continues offering opportunities for everyone. As Chairwoman of Mozilla, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers around the world who are building the internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Mitchell has written the key documents that set out Mozilla’s enduring mission and commitments: the Mozilla Public License in 1998, the Mozilla Manifesto in 2007 and the Mozilla Manifesto Addendum (also known as the Pledge for a Healthy Internet) in 2018.