October 26-28, 2018 in London, England
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A note from Mark Surman, Mozilla’s Executive Director, about MozFest and Internet Health

Earlier this year, Mozilla released its first full-length Internet Health Report — a deep look at how the internet and human life intersect, in ways both good and bad.

Writing the report was a chance to reflect on how remarkably the internet has changed. Today we have artificially-intelligent voice assistants and VR web browsing — innovations we couldn’t fathom in the days of 56k modems and static web pages.

There have also been harmful developments. Like sophisticated misinformation campaigns. The erosion of privacy and user control. And a handful of technology giants controlling what was once a more open, decentralized space.

This October, the people and ideas in the Internet Health Report will leap off the screen to discuss, debate and address these issues in person. Our ninth-annual Mozilla Festival is returning to London. And it feels more vital and necessary than ever.

Like the web, the Mozilla Festival has evolved over the years. It started as a small gathering in Spain — a few hundred fiery thinkers in a Barcelona museum. Our goal was to connect people building a healthy internet.

As the internet became more entwined with everyday life, the festival’s goal remained the same — but the scope grew. We moved to a bigger space: the Ravensbourne campus in London. Participation swelled: In 2017, we hosted 2,500 activists, coders, journalists and educators from every continent except Antarctica. And the festival now unfolds across seven days and two venues.

In October, we’ll have that same fiery spirit from 2010. We’ll also have the people and resources to make a big impact. A seven-day festival with hundreds of experts means we can build tools that better protect user data. We can advance thinking on topics like ethical AI and common-sense tech policy. We can forge new partnerships, we can train tomorrow’s leaders and we can fuel the movement for a healthier internet.

MozFest is just the start. Every year, we leave London inspired and committed. The ideas we bat around grow into influential and global campaigns. The code we craft becomes polished open-source products. All the while, we move toward a more open, inclusive and healthy internet.

Hope to see you there.
—Mark Surman

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The ninth annual MozFest will be held in London, from Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. MozFest is an annual celebration of the open Internet movement. It's where passionate technologists, educators, and makers come together to explore the future of the open Web.

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Internet Health
MozFest 2017 was a deep exploration of the bright spots and threats to Internet health. Conversations, prototyping and art-making were framed around the ideas of decentralization, digital inclusion, online privacy and security, open innovation and Web literacy. Young people shone at the festival this year, with an 11-year old speaker on the main stage and youth-led sessions in every space.
In 2016, we highlighted how the Internet movement’s boldest, most game-changing ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. We examined how issues like Web literacy, online privacy and encryption are relevant across the globe, and address challenges faced by people who don't yet feel they are welcome on the Web.
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training leaders
In 2015, we focused on leadership, advocacy and impact. We placed a particular emphasis on training tomorrow's leaders, empowering participants to make a positive difference on the Web, and working toward universal web literacy.
a free web
At MozFest 2014, nearly 1,700 participants from more than 50 countries came together to improve art, science, journalism, music, education and more on the open Web. We hosted hundreds of diverse sessions with a single guiding principle: keeping the Web wild and free.
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hands on learning
Learning through building was a key theme at MozFest 2013. We shared our passion for the open Web by creating and teaching as a community. And the venue sprang to life with DIY signage, sessions and after-parties.
building and making
In 2012, MozFest was all about making. The event’s opening-day Science Fair highlighted participants’ innovative creations. And we made and hacked awesome projects about gaming, mobile, privacy and the Internet of Things.
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settling in london
In 2011, MozFest relocated to London with a sharpened focus: media, freedom and the Web. Participants lent their passion and creativity to improve journalism and digital storytelling on the open Web. We established a dedicated space for youngsters to learn and make. And we built on the infectious community spirit first ignited in Barcelona.
the beginning
MozFest was born in Barcelona. Originally named "Drumbeat," the festival convened a community of people dedicated to learning, freedom and the open Web. The inaugural event hosted 350 participants — and together, we wrote a book titled “Learning Freedom and the Web.
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