In recent years, society has placed a greater emphasis on mental health. Alongside this has been a rise in the number of readily available mental health apps. While things remain rough in the offline world, online, more and more apps are looking for ways to monetize users’ information. This includes mental health apps. Jen Caltrider and Misha Rykov reviewed over 30 of the most popular therapy apps, judging them on the merits of privacy and security. In this Dialogues and Debates — Privacy, Still, Not Included — we’ll continue the conversation, discussing the guide’s findings and the importance of improving apps privacy and security.
This panel is slated for June 2, 2022 at 12pm ET and is titled Dialogues And Debates: Privacy, Still, Not Included.
Our 45 minutes panel will include:
Jen leads *Privacy Not Included. During a rather unplanned stint working on her Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence, Jen quickly discovered she’s much better at telling stories than writing code. This epiphany led to an interesting career as a journalist covering technology at CNN. Continuing down her random life path, Jen moved from CNN to digital media activism, where she helped pioneer the creative use of digital storytelling to try and leave the world a little better than she found it. That eventually brought her to Mozilla, where she created and now leads *Privacy Not Included.Jen spends her days as a consumer privacy advocate working to help people better understand issues around privacy, security, and artificial intelligence in their consumer technology. Just exactly what she thought she’d be when she grew up (not really, life is random…and wonderful).
Misha Rykov is a researcher with *Privacy Not Included. After Mathematics studies in Kiev, Misha joined Google and studied-travelled around Europe. This travel got him to Berlin, where Misha decided to nest and to get involved in privacy movement. He never worked for big tech again. Instead, he researched security of industrial devices, before switching to consumer devices & apps by joining *Privacy Not Included. Misha loves investigative storytelling and hates messy privacy policies
Bridget Todd is a frequently cited expert, trainer, and speaker on combating disinformation and extremism online, advocating for social media platform accountability, creating safer digital experiences for women and other marginalized people, and celebrating and amplifying marginalized people’s contributions to tech and the internet.
She created her critically acclaimed podcast. There Are No Girls on the Internet to explore how marginalized people show up online in response to the lack of inclusion in conversations around the internet.
There Are No Girls The Internet earned “Best Technology Podcast” at the iHeart Radio Podcast Awards and a Shorty Award for “Best Podcast Miniseries” for DISINFORMED, a miniseries exploring how misinformation and conspiracy theories around COVID, gender, and race hurt marginalized communities.
As Director of Communication for the national gender-justice advocacy organization Ultraviolet, Bridget regularly meets with leadership from platforms like Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok to advocate for and develop policy recommendations to make digital experiences safer and more inclusive. Bridget’s writing and work on technology, race, gender, and culture have been featured in the Atlantic, Newsweek, the Nation, the Daily Show, and several other outlets.
Becky Inkster is a neuroscientist, seeking innovative ways to improve our understanding and treatment of mental health in the digital age. Inkster applies measured optimism when working across artificial intelligence-enabled mental healthcare, neuroscience, ethics and governance, as well as digital-, clinical-, and music-based interventions, social media, and public engagement, especially with young people and underrepresented groups. Inkster is very passionate about humanizing technology with person-centered approaches and cultural intelligence. She is currently writing a book called The Ethics of Global Mental Health and is the creator of the Digital Innovation in Mental Health (DIMH2022) conference themed on Real World Ethics this year.
And moderator Xavier Harding | Xavier is a writer on the content team at Mozilla. Formerly, Xavier was a journalist covering consumer tech and the tech industry. In the past, Xavier’s written for Popular Science, BuzzFeed, Lifehacker, Mic, Newsweek, Fortune and Vox. He also hosts the Dialogues and Debates interview series, discussing tech topics like misinformation, contact-tracing and the role technology plays in addressing racial injustices.
MozFest Dialogues & Debates is Mozilla’s speaker series that usually occurs in-person each year. We’re expanding the series into virtual terrain, to bring internet users the information they need to understand and advocate for a healthy and humane digital world. Watch past MozFest Dialogues & Debates here.