Our “Wrangler Round-Up” Series is where we get to know some of the community volunteers (aka Wranglers) who are co-designing MozFest 2019. This week we’re chatting with Privacy & Security Space wrangler Di Luong, a researcher and activist who translates spreadsheets into stories and political uncertainty into poetry. She supports international open source technology projects and is a program specialist for the Open Technology Fund in Washington, DC, USA.
What draws you to MozFest? I love attending MozFest because it’s a festival that co-designs with attendees in real time. It’s a space that welcomes creators, thinkers, and makers alike. There is so much to offer visually, but attendees could also gain tactical experience with the granular details of an algorithm.
What unique perspective(s) do you bring to space wrangling? The first session proposal I’ve submitted to MozFest was rejected so I know how it feels to be disappointed. I was invited to facilitate a workshop a year later so I know how it feels to be excited and slightly anxious to present for the first time at this festival. I was a volunteer last year so I’m familiar with challenges like broken elevators and missing inflatable unicorns. These are the perspectives I bring to space wrangling this year.
What’s a favorite experience you’ve had wrangling (if you’ve done it before)? OR What are you most looking forward to about your space this year? I was excited to see new names and ideas from around the world submitting session proposals and interested in attending MozFest this year. I look forward to collaborating with other spaces in particular Queering, Neurodiversity, and Youth Zone represented within the Privacy & Security Space.
What link or resource would you like to share? I’m inspired by Our Data Bodies latest book “Digital Defense Playbook: Community Power Tools for Reclaiming Data” containing workshop ideas and tools for protecting security and privacy (more on this resource here). I also have a copy, with highlights and handwritten notes, of the book “Automating Inequality” by Virginia Eubanks if anyone wants to flip through it during MozFest.