This October, 18 speakers will tackle issues like privacy, misinformation and censorship on the web

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Jul 16, 2018 · 6 min read

This October, leading voices from across the internet health movement are coming together to discuss and debate who controls the internet, how to harness data for good, and the collateral damage of artificial intelligence.

MozFest’s annual speaker series — slated for October 27 and 28 — will feature panels and compelling talks that explore the role of data online and in our everyday lives. Speakers include technologists, activists and researchers from France, India, Afghanistan and beyond.

The MozFest speaker series

Talks feature a single speaker and run 20 minutes; panels feature two to four speakers and run 40 minutes. Our moderator is Economist news editor Leo Mirani.

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 2018 speakers, and learn when they’re presenting:


[1] TALK: Amba Kak on data and digital rights in Asia

Amba Kak is a policy advisor with Mozilla focusing on privacy, net neutrality and free speech in India. Prior, Amba was a Mozilla Fellow and legal consultant at the National Institute of Public Finance & Policy. Read Amba’s recent op-eds in the Times of India, the Business Standard, and other publications.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 11:15–12:15 time block

Amba Kak

[2] 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)?

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

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

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 11:15–12:15 time block

Zara Rahman and Malavika Jayaram

[3] TALK: Renee DiResta on flaws in the data-driven digital economy

Renee DiResta is a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation and Trust. In her work at Mozilla and as the director of research at New Knowledge, Renee investigates the spread of disinformation and manipulated narratives across social networks. She also volunteers as a policy lead at Data for Democracy and is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology. Read Renee’s recent op-eds in WIRED.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 12:45–1:45 time block

Renee DiResta

[4] TALK: Tim Berners-Lee on his latest work

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.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 12:45–1:45 time block


[5] TALK: Julie Owono on the state of privacy in Sub-Saharan Africa

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.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 15:15–16:15 time block

Julie Owono

[6] PANEL: Data in Oppressive Regimes

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

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

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

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 15:15–16:15 time block

Esra’a Al-Shafei and Mahsa Alimardani

[7] 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?

Who: Camille Francois, Mozilla Fellow, research director at Graphika and affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Guillaume Chaslot, founder of AlgoTransparency and former software engineer at Google/YouTube

Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council

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

When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:00–12:10 time block

Camille Francois, Guillaume Chaslot, Alondra Nelson and Clinton Watts

[8] PANEL: Inclusion and Literacy As Remedies

Tech has an inclusion problem, and too few new users fully understand the web. Separately, harassment and misinformation reign online. Or are they separate? Can addressing the former fix the latter?

Who: Roya Mahboob, co-founder and CEO of the Digital Citizen Fund

Nathalie Richards, co-founder of EduKit

When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:00–12:10 time block

Roya Mahboob and Nathalie Richards

[9] 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.

Who: Maryant Fernandez, senior policy advisor, EDRi

Chris Riley, director of public policy at Mozilla

When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:45–13:45 time block

Maryant Fernandez and Chris Riley

[10] TALK: Soudeh Rad on privacy, identity and gender online

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.

When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 15:15–16:15 time block

Soudeh Rad

[11] TALK: Mitchell Baker

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.

When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 15:15–16:15 time block

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