Amba Kak on data and digital rights in Asia (Talk)

Saturday, Oct. 27, 11:15–12:15

Amba Kak

Amba Kak is a policy advisor with Mozilla focusing on privacy, net neutrality and free speech in India.

The Data Balancing Act (Panel)

Saturday, Oct. 27, 11:15–12:15

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)? Featuring:

Zara Rahman

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

Malavika Jayaram

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

Renee DiResta on flaws in the data-driven digital economy (Talk)

Saturday, Oct. 27, 12:45–13:45

Renee DiResta

Renee DiResta is a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation and Trust. She investigates the spread of disinformation and manipulated narratives across social networks.

Tim Berners-Lee on his latest work (Talk)

Saturday, Oct. 27, 12:45–13:45

Tim Berners-Lee

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.

Julie Owono on the state of privacy in Sub-Saharan Africa (Talk)

Saturday, Oct. 27, 15:15–16:15

Julie Owono

Julie Owono is the executive director of Internet Sans Frontières, an organization protecting human rights online.

Data in Oppressive Regimes (Panel)

Saturday, Oct. 27, 15:15–16:15

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

Esra’a Al-Shafei

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

Mahsa Alimardani

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

AI’s Collateral Damage (Panel)

Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:00–12:10

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? Featuring:

Camille Francois

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

Guillaume Chaslot

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

Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson is president of the Social Science Research Council.

Clinton Watts

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

Nathalie Richards on Tech and Inclusion (Talk)

Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:00–12:10

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? Featuring:

Nathalie Richards

Nathalie Richards is co-founder of EduKit, a free online resource for teachers.

Who Controls the Internet? (Panel)

Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:45–13:45

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. Featuring:

Maryant Fernandez

Maryant Fernandez is senior policy advisor at EDRi, which defends rights and freedoms online.

Chris Riley

Chris Riley is director of public policy at Mozilla.

Soudeh Rad on privacy, identity and gender online (Talk)

Sunday, Oct. 28, 15:15–16:15

Soudeh Rad

Soudeh Rad is president of Feminist Spectrum, a Paris-based nonprofit working on gender equality and education.

Mitchell Baker (Talk)

Sunday, Oct. 28, 15:15–16:15

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker co-founded the Mozilla Project to support the open, innovative web and ensure it continues offering opportunities for everyone.


What Algorithms Taught Me About Forgiveness

Julia Angwin

Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist at the independent news organization ProPublica. She is also the author of “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance.”

From 2000 to 2013, Julia was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010.

A Pep Talk for Nerds

Ashley Black

Ashley Black is a writer and correspondent on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-nominated late-night satire show. In the segment Ms. Robot, Ashley explores the importance of encryption through on-the-ground reporting, interviews and a memorable music collaboration with Talib Kweli.

What happened to the internet? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Mishi Choudhary

Mishi Choudhary is a technology lawyer with legal practice in New York and New Delhi. She is currently the Legal Director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), where she is the primary legal representative of many of the world’s most significant free software developers, including Debian, the Apache Software Foundation, and OpenSSL. Mishi consults with and advises established businesses and startups using free software in their products and service offerings in the US, Europe, India, China, and Korea.

As of 2015, Mishi is the only lawyer in the world to simultaneously appear on briefs in the US and Indian Supreme Courts in the same term.

Robust, Useful, Delightful

Gillian Crampton Smith

Originally a graphic designer, Gillian Crampton Smith founded interaction design programs in London, Ivrea and Venice. With Philip Tabor, she recently moved to H-Farm, the top Italian tech accelerator to start a new programs. Her collaborations have included Apple Computer, Interval Research, IDEO, and MIT’s SenseAble City lab. In 2014 she received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement in Practice Award.

I’m So Sick of Talking My Face Hurts: A Rant by a Brown Feminist from the Global South

Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad is the Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation. She is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist. Nighat is one of the pioneers who have been campaigning around access to open internet in Pakistan and globally. She is a TED Global Fellow for 2017, has been listed as TIME’s Next Generation Leader, and is the recipient of Atlantic Council Freedom Award, and Human Rights Tulip Award.

Debunking Fake News and Fake Science

Emily Gorcenski

Emily is a data scientist and technological activist with backgrounds in computational mathematics, epidemiology, and software engineering. They are passionate about better technological citizenship and believe in ethical, inclusive technology. Their experience in the aerospace, healthcare, and financial industries has provided insight into complex intersection of disruptive innovation and regulation.

Sarah Jeong

Sarah Jeong is a journalist and lawyer who writes about technology at the Verge. She is the author of “The Internet of Garbage,” and has bylines at the Atlantic, the Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, and more. In 2017, she was named as one of Forbes’s 30 under 30 in the category of Media.

Free Wi-Fi for Africa

Alan Knott-Craig, Jr.

Alan Knott-Craig is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling author, chairman of HeroTel, a wireless broadband provider, and founder of Project Isizwe, an NGO rolling out free Wi-Fi in poor communities. Originally from Pretoria, he studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly UPE) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 and has subsequently invested or funded 21 companies in the tech industry.

The Big Open

Katherine Maher

Katherine Maher is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia. Maher has deep experience in the non-profit and international sectors, with a particular focus on the intersection of technology and human rights, development, transparency and community building.

Ryan Merkley

Ryan Merkley is the CEO of Creative Commons, where he is building a vibrant, usable commons powered by collaboration and gratitude. Prior to Creative Commons, Ryan was Chief Operating Officer of Mozilla. He is an experienced campaigner and advocate for social causes, and has advised political campaigns on the local and national levels.

Mark Surman

Mark is Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like privacy and net neutrality. Mark’s main job is to build the movement side of Mozilla, rallying the citizens of the web, building alliances with likeminded organizations and leaders, and growing the open internet movement. Mark’s goal is nothing short of making the health and accessibility of the internet a mainstream issue around the world.

Being Human in the Dark Days of the Internet

Emily May

Emily is the co-founder and executive director of Hollaback!, an Ashoka Fellow, and a Prime Movers Fellow. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City, and in 2010 she became its first full-time executive director. Under her leadership, the organization has scaled to over 50 cities in 25 countries, and launched HeartMob, Hollaback!’s platform designed to support people being harassed online.

It Takes a Hacker to Catch a Hacker

Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer, developer and data journalist who founded andleads CryptoHarlem, impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt trains activists and journalists (as an independent trainer for Global Journalist Security) in digital security.

His personal work focuses on marginalized, aggressively-monitored, over-policed populations in the United States. Currently, he is a 2016 Mozilla-Ford Foundation Open Web Fellow embedded at Color of Change, a civil rights and social justice organization.

How to Hack an Earthquake

Gisela Pérez de Acha

Gisela Perez de Acha is a Mexican lawyer and journalist who specializes in free speech and gender rights within the digital world. She runs an independent cultural center and is the public policy manager for Latin America at the NGO Derechos Digitales.

Closing the Digital Gender Divide

Nanjira Sambuli

Nanjira is the Digital Equality Advocacy Manager at the Web Foundation, where she leads advocacy efforts to promote digital equality in access to and use of the web, with a particular focus on the Foundation’s Women’s Rights Online work.

How to Build an Internet With Us, Not For Us

Anasuya Sengupta

Anasuya Sengupta is co-founder of Whose Knowledge? She has led initiatives in India/USA, across the global South, and internationally for over 20 years to amplify voices from the margins in virtual and physical worlds. She is the former Chief Grantmaking Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation and a 2017 Shuttleworth Fellow.

Siko Bouterse

Siko Bouterse is co-founder of Whose Knowledge? She is former Director of Community Resources at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she led teams and experiments like the Wikipedia Teahouse and Inspire. For over 10 years, she’s been community organizing, localizing and imagining a more plural, emancipatory and open web.

Stories from the Future of Democracy

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang, a civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister, is known for revitalizing open source communities such as Perl and Haskell, and for leading the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. In the voluntary sector, Audrey contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”) movement, with the call to “fork the government.”

Who Cares About the AI Takeover When the Planet is Dying?

Ugo Vallauri

Ugo Vallauri is a co-founder of The Restart Project, a London-based charity fixing our relationship with electronics. By encouraging people to use their electronics longer and collecting data on recurrent product failures, it aims to inspire better design and policy-making around consumer products. He is a fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation.


The Algorithmic Spiral of Silence

Zeynep Tufekci

Zeynep Tufekci is a professor and author specializing in the intersection of technology and society. She spoke at MozFest 2016 about social media platforms, inclusion and exclusion online.

Bringing Back the Decentralized Web

Brian Behlendorf

Brian Behlendorf is Executive Director at the Hyperledger Project. He spoke at MozFest 2016 about blockchain.

Indie Music and the Web

Maggie Vail

Maggie Vail is Executive Director at CASH Music. She spoke at MozFest 2016 about empowering musicians on the web.

The Nature of the Internet

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker is Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla, and Mark Surman is Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation. They spoke at MozFest 2016 about seismic shifts online, and Mozilla’s work.

Mark Surman

The People's Shield and the Government's Sword

Sahar Aziz

Sahar Aziz is a Professor of Law at Texas A&M University. She spoke at MozFest 2016 about governments and grassroots movements alike leveraging technology.

Solving Online Harassment

Katherine Maher

Katherine Maher is Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. She spoke at MozFest 2016 about building for inclusivity online.

We’re Not Equally Vulnerable to Surveillance

Chris Soghoian

Chris Soghoian is Principal Technologist at the ACLU. He spoke at MozFest 2016 about government surveillance.

The Ethics of Open Source

Ashe Dryden

Ashe Dryden is a programmer, diversity advocate and author. She spoke at MozFest 2016 about the ethics of unpaid labor and open source software.

Privacy by Default

Volker Birk

Volker Birk is the CTO of Pretty Easy Privacy. He spoke at MozFest 2016 about making online privacy simple.

Half the Population is Not Connected

Katharina Borchert

Katharina Borchert is Chief Innovation Officer at Mozilla. She spoke at MozFest 2016 about equal access to the Internet.

Surveillance and Race Online

Simone Browne

Simone Browne is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She spoke at MozFest 2016 about surveillance and race online.

Open Source and Flight MH17

Eliot Higgins

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat, a resource by and for citizen journalists. He spoke at MozFest 2016 about the open source information revolution and Flight MH17.