At MozFest’s 10th anniversary, 20 luminaries will discuss what lies ahead for the internet and society

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Jul 23 · 6 min read

This October, the Mozilla Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary — and some of the biggest thinkers from the internet health movement will share the MozFest stage to talk about responsible AI, the future of disinformation, the state of online surveillance, and more.

Scene from a past MozFest

The MozFest speaker series, “Dialogues & Debates,” will unfold across Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27. The program features TED-style talks and compelling panels about the intersection of the internet and society. Speakers are engineers, researchers, lawmakers, and activists from Kenya, Poland, the U.S., and beyond.

Solo talks run 20 minutes, and panels run 40 minutes. This year’s moderator is technology journalist Xavier Harding, reporter at The Markup.

Below, learn more about each talk and panel. Can’t join us in London? No worries — we’ll stream everything live on Air Mozilla. In the meantime, watch last year’s talks.


Meet the MozFest 2019 speakers

[1] TALK: Katarzyna Szymielewicz on data and exploitation

Katarzyna Szymielewicz is a lawyer and activist specializing in human rights and technology. She is Co-Founder and President of Panoptykon Foundation, a Polish NGO defending human rights in today’s surveillance society.

When: Saturday, October 26, 11:15–12:15 time block

Katarzyna Szymielewicz

[2] PANEL: The Algorithmic Gaze

Algorithms spread bias at gigabit speeds. What does this mean for society? And who can fix it?

Who: Cansu Canca, Founder and Director of the AI Ethics Lab

Guillaume Chaslot, Founder of AlgoTransparency, former software engineer at Google/YouTube, and Mozilla Fellow

When: Saturday, October 26, 11:15–12:15 time block

Guillaume Chaslot and Cansu Canca

[3] TALK: Francesca Bria on building better civic tech

Francesca Bria is Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer of Barcelona, and Founder of the Decode Project.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26 during the 12:45–13:45 time block

Francesca Bria

[4] PANEL: Great Code, Great Responsibility

How do we fix the internet? Teach the next generation of coders ethics right alongside computer science

Who: Kathy Pham, computer scientist and Mozilla Fellow co-leading the Responsible Computer Science Challenge. She teaches Product Management and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, co-leads the Ethical Tech Working Group at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center, and founded the Ethical Tech Collective

Bitange Ndemo, ICT Specialist and Associate Professor at the University of Nairobi

When: Saturday, Oct. 26 during the 12:45–13:45 time block

Kathy Pham and Bitange Ndemo

[5] TALK: Marietje Schaake on internet health

Marietje Schaake has been named Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center’s international policy director, as well as international policy fellow at the University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (starting November 1).

Between 2009 and 2019, Marietje served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch liberal democratic party where she focused on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. Marietje regularly speaks at conferences and in international media. She is affiliated with a number of non-profits including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India, and writes a bi-weekly column for the Dutch NRC newspaper.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26 during the 15:15–16:15 time block

Marietje Schaake

[6] PANEL: The Future of Disinformation

What will fake content look like in five years? In 10?

Who: Camille François, Chief Innovation Officer at Graphika and Mozilla Fellow

Claire Wardle, Co-Founder of First Draft and TED Fellow

When: Saturday, Oct. 26 during the 15:15–16:15 time block

Camille Francois and Claire Wardle

[7] TALK: Desmond Patton on AI and gun violence prevention

Dr. Desmond Patton is a pioneer in the field of making AI empathetic, culturally sensitive, and less biased. He is Associate Dean for Innovation and Academic Affairs and co-director of the Justice, Equity and Technology lab at Columbia School of Social Work.

When: Sunday, Oct. 27 during the 11:00–12:00 time block

Desmond Patton

[8] PANEL: Content Moderation’s Toll

A hidden workforce tries to keep platforms free from violence and pornography. How do they cope?

Who: Hans Block, Director of “The Cleaners”

Gabi Ivens, independent open source researcher and Mozilla Fellow

Moritz Riesewieck, Director of “The Cleaners”

Clara Tsao, content moderation researcher and Mozilla Fellow

When: Sunday, Oct. 27 during the 11:00–12:00 time block

Hans Block, Gabi Ivens, Moritz Rieswiech, and Clara Tsao

[9] PANEL: Governing AI

How do we create policies that keep companies accountable and enshrine human rights in automated systems?

Who: Gry Hasselbalch is Co-Founder of the think-do tank DataEthics.eu. She is a member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on AI and was a member of the data ethics expert group appointed to provide the Danish government with recommendations in 2018. Gry is also co-chair of the IEEE P7006 standard on personal data AI agents

Fanny Hidvegi, Access Now’s Europe Policy Manager based in Brussels. Fanny is appointed to the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, serves on the board of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), and is a Marshall Memorial Fellow

Matthias Spielkamp, Co-Founder and Executive Director of AlgorithmWatch, and an award-winning journalist

Philip Dawson, Public Policy Lead at Element AI

When: Sunday, Oct. 27 during the 12:45–13:45 time block

Gry Hasselbalch, Fanny Hidvegi, Matthias Spielkamp, Philip Dawson

[10] TALK: Cansu Canca on ethical AI

Cansu Canca is a philosopher and the founder/director of the AI Ethics Lab, where she leads teams of computer scientists, philosophers, and legal scholars to provide ethics analysis and guidance to researchers and practitioners.

When: Sunday, Oct. 27 during the 15:15–16:15 time block

Cansu Canca

[11] PANEL: The Future of Digital Policy in Europe

What comes after the GDPR?

Who: Prabhat Agarwal, Deputy Head of Platforms Unit at European Commission

Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Co-Founder and President of Panoptykon Foundation

Guillermo Beltrà, who leads Access Now’s policy team globally, providing strategic vision, guiding and coordinating the operations of experts in Latin America, North America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia-Pacific

When: Sunday, Oct. 27 during the 15:15–16:15 time block

Prabhat Agarwal, Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Guillermo Beltrà

And your Dialogues & Debates moderator Xavier Harding. Xavier Harding is from New York City and started his journalism career at International Business Times/Newsweek as a tech and gaming reporter. From there he went onto Popular Science. As tech editor of Popular Science’s Now section, he continued to write about gadgets and the companies that make them, both in print and on the web. After Popular Science came Mic, where he was able to write culture stories pertaining to race/inclusion, the tech industry and user privacy online. Now Xavier writes for The Markup, where he focuses on user privacy and the tech industry’s larger effect on society.

Xavier Harding

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MozFest is an annual, hands-on festival for and by the open Internet movement. Every year, bright minds from around the world build, debate, and explore the future of our lives online. In this publication, we invite everyone to share their thoughts and start conversations.

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