2021 Speakers


AI & Power

March 8, 2021

The AI in our daily lives reinforces historical power imbalances — across gender, across race, and across class. Is it possible to make more just AI systems mainstream?

A panel featuring: Nighat Dad, Executive Director Digital Rights Foundation; Julie Owono, Executive Director of Internet Sans Frontières; Dr. Sarah Roberts, Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry; Cierra Robson, the Associate Director of the Ida B. Wells JUST Data Lab at Princeton University; and moderator J. Bob Alotta, VP of Global Programs at Mozilla

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Cierra Robson

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Nighat Dad

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Julie Owono

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Dr. Sarah Roberts

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J. Bob Alotta


The Netherlands and Digital Rights

March 9, 2021

Leading Dutch experts assesses what their country is getting right on digital rights, with a focus on data sovereignty for citizens.

A conversation featuring: Touria Meliani, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam responsible for Arts and Culture and Digital City; Marleen Stikker, Founder of Waag and of 'De Digitale Stad'

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Touria Meliani

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Marleen Stikker

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AI & Labor

March 10, 2021

Sprawling internet platforms and their sophisticated algorithms have created a new ecosystem of on-demand, app-facilitated services — but also a new labor class, stripped of traditional labor rights.

A panel feauring: Dr. Lilly Irani, professor at UC San Diego and author of “Chasing Innovation”; Rida Qadri, PhD Candidate at MIT studying algorithmic labor and tech; Sherry Stanley, Lead Organizer at Turkopticon; and moderator Becca Ricks, Mozilla Researcher

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Dr. Lilly Irani

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Rida Qadri

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Sherry Stanley

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Becca Ricks


Tech Activism Through Art

March 10, 2021

Can art and entertainment fuel a global movement for trustworthy AI?

A conversation featuring: Neema Iyer, an artist and a technologist and founder and director of Pollicy, a civic technology organization based in Kampala, Uganda; Alexander Fefegha, the co-founder & director of creative technology at London based design studio COMUZI.

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Neema Iyer

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Alexander Fefegha

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Hunting Biased Algorithms

March 11, 2021

Can bias bounties become as mainstream as bug bounties?

A conversation featuring : Deborah Raji, Mozilla Fellow; Camille Francois, Mozilla Fellow

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Deborah Raji

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Camille Francois

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AI & Truth

March 15, 2021

The AI powering our most influential communications platforms has a critical vulnerability: it rewards engagement, not truth or civility. Can AI be designed differently to avoid this pitfall? And if so, what conditions and incentives must be changed for this to be the case?

A panel featuring: Jacquelyn Mason, Senior Researcher, First Draft News; Dr. Peaks Krafft, Lead, MA Internet Equalities at UAL’s Creative Computing Institute; Mutale Nkonde, CEO, AI for the People; Rasha Abdul-Rahim, Co-Director, Amnesty Tech; and moderator Brandi Geurkink, Senior Campaigner, Mozilla

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Jacquelyn Mason

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Rasha Abdul-Rahim

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Brandi Geurkink

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Dr. Peaks Krafft

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Mutale Nkonde


Alternatives to Digital Ads

March 16, 2021

Can alternatives to invasive online ads become mainstream?

A conversation featuring: Briana Marbury, Executive Director, Interledger Foundation; Harriet Kingaby, Mozilla Fellowship alum

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Briana Marbury

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Harriet Kingaby

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AI & Data Futures

March 17, 2021

The data that powers AI -- and increasingly, society -- is controlled by a handful of internet platforms. Can we make more decentralized ways of pooling and governing data mainstream?

A panel discussion featuring: Astha Kapoor, Co-Founder of the Aapti Institute; Dr. Funda Üstek-Špilda, Researcher and Project Manager at the Fairwork Project; Anouk Ruhaak, Fellow at Mozilla's Data Futures Lab; and moderator Solana Larsen, Editor of Mozilla's Internet Health Report

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Solana Larsen

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Astha Kapoor

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Dr. Funda Üstek-Špilda

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Anouk Ruhaak


Open Source & The Pandemic

March 18, 2021

Open source technology and principles have been a potent force in slowing the spread of a deadly virus.

A panel featuring: Dr. Melissa Haendel, Director of Translational Data Science, Oregon State University, Director of the Center for Data to Health (CD2H) at Oregon Health & Science University; Ricardo Ruiz Freire, Supervisory Board Member, Global Innovation Gathering; Dr. Netha Hussain, medical doctor, researcher, and 10-year Wikipedia volunteer; and moderator Abby Cabunoc Mayes, Program Manager, MozFest Technical Relationships

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Dr. Melissa Haendel

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Dr. Netha Hussain

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Ricardo Ruiz Freire

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Abigail Cabunoc Mayes