Virtual Dialogues and Debates

Almost all of us are working, researching, and networking from home right now. And so many of the events that the internet health movement looks forward to each year are being canceled or postponed.

For that reason, Mozilla is taking Dialogues & Debates -- our speaker series portion of MozFest -- virtual. It’s a chance to continue the important conversations about online privacy, trustworthy AI, Big Tech, and similar topics. You can find links to all the on-demand videos below.



COVID Vaccine Passports: The Positives and Pitfalls

April 14th, 2021

With the closure of borders, schools, workplaces, shops, and restaurants, the new COVID-19 vaccines are providing a hope that they will be a path back to “normal” life.

And proof of who has – and hasn’t – received the vaccine will be especially key for countries and regions who are yet to be deeply affected by the worst COVID-19 strains. The idea of using a vaccine passport to prove the status of vaccination isn’t a new idea, but new technologies and needs are bringing new concerns to light. Will a digital vaccine passport protect my personal information? Will they only exacerbate inequities between countries and regions based on who has received their doses first?

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Alice Munyua

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Pamod Amarakoon

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Imogen Parker

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Platforms and the U.S. Election: An Autopsy

November 19th, 2020

Ahead of the November 3 U.S. presidential election, the internet’s biggest platforms prepared themselves for a whirlwind disinformation. Now, in the days after the election, the world is still reckoning with whether or not platforms did their part. The latest installment of the MozFest Dialogues & Debates series will explore how internet platforms coped — and are coping — with U.S. election disinformation.

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Ifeoma Ozoma

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Karen Kornbluh

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Davey Alba

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Memes, Misinfo, and the Election

October 13th, 2020

The most trenchant political messaging is no longer dispatched through pamphlets, newspapers, or blogs — it’s dispatched through memes. This installment of the MozFest Dialogues & Debates series will explore how memes can influence and misinform ahead of the U.S. election.

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Dr. Joan Donovan

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Kenyatta Cheese

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Brandy Zadrozny

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Alternative Business Models for the Web

August 25th 2020

MozFest Dialogues & Debates series interrogates the web’s reigning business model — digital advertising — and explore whether alternatives can become mainstream. Today’s AI-powered targeted advertisements can spread misinformation and disinformation. It may be possible to reform digital advertising to mitigate these harms, but it is also possible to introduce mainstream alternatives?

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Harriet Kingaby

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Nathalie Maréchal

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Akintunde Sultan

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Protests, the Pandemic, and Misinformation

June 30th 2020

Fake accounts and dangerous mis- and disinformation are intensifying the pandemic and mischaracterizing the movement for Black lives. Why can’t we trust online platforms when we need them most? And what are platforms doing to fix it? In this panel, researchers, activists, and policy experts across the globe unpack these questions.

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Julie Owono

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Neema Iyer

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Camille Francois

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Dia Kayyali


The Tech That Helps Us, Harms Us

June 12th 2020

The U.S. is still reeling from the senseless killing of George Floyd. The days since his death have been filled with mourning, marching, and loud calls for change. It’s hard to ignore the similarities between these protests and the many civil rights protests of the past. It’s equally hard to ignore the role technology has played in both exposing and enabling these injustices.

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Megan Rose Dickey

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Sidney Fussell

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Trustworthy Technology in the Time of a Pandemic

May 28th 2020

During the virtual Dialogues & Debates, Frederike Kaltheuner answered questions on Twitter submitted by our community. Questions and answers addressed contact tracing, whether privacy and public health are a zero sum game, whether face masks thwart facial recognition tech, and far more.

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Frederike Kaltheuner