Platforms, Power, and the Public Interest

Late May marked an especially tragic chapter in the history of the U.S., from the senseless killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, to the white dog owner in Central Park who called the police to falsely accuse an African-American man of threatening her life. These events were all recorded, shared and debated on social media platforms. As the latest Executive Order threatens to control these platforms, the balance between free speech and the promise of facts on these platforms is more important than ever.

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Fellowships & Awards

Getting to Know Foreign Objects, the Creators of Bot Or Not

by Xavier Harding on May 19, 2020

Are you talking to an actual person or artificial intelligence? Bot or Not, a project by Foreign Objects, reminds us that it’s getting more difficult to tell these days. We talk to Agnes Cameron, one of the group’s founders, about why the name “Foreign Objects,” the intersection of art and tech, and creating Bot or Not — the truth or dare-inspired Turing test.

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Your Weekly Moz News Beat, May 29, 2020

by Mozilla on May 28, 2020

Cute video of life working from home with pets. Lickable tech advancements you didn't know you needed. New info shows Facebook ignored its own warnings about polarizing society. Check out this week's news of the internet, from awesome to awful.

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Can You Tell When You’re Chatting with a Bot?

by Mozilla on May 19, 2020

You never quite know who you’re chatting with online. As AI grows more sophisticated, you never quite know what you’re chatting with, either. Bot or Not, a project funded by Mozilla Creative Media Awards, challenges you to determine if you're speaking with a person or a bot.


Tips to Make Your Zoom Gatherings More Private

by Kaili Lambe on April 3, 2020

With millions of people using Zoom to stay connected, it's important to know how to keep your video gatherings as private and secure as you can. That's why Mozilla has compiled recommendations and steps you can take – both as a host and a participant – to help protect your own privacy as well as that of others.

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*Privacy Not Included

Smart speakers, fitness trackers, security cams, & wireless headphones are cool. Are they creepy too? Check the privacy and security of products before you buy them.

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Internet Health Report

*Privacy Included: Rethinking the Smart Home is a special edition of the Internet Health Report consisting of two new articles and one previously published feature. It explores what can be done to make the global ecosystem for smart things healthier, in a brief and accessible way, through storytelling and conversations with experts.

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Apply for the Tech + Society Fellowship

The Ford Foundation and Mozilla are partnering to strengthen organizations in the Global South by layering technology strategies into their work. This will help create a ‘third space’ where key civil society organizations and tech-focused individuals address issues at the intersection of technology and society. Apply now for the Tech + Society Fellowship.

Mozilla COVID-19 Solutions Fund

Apply for an award of up to $50k to fund open source technology projects that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.

Trustable Technology Mark

A trustmark for the Internet of Things (IoT): This mark empowers consumers to make informed decisions & enables companies to prove their connected products are trustworthy.

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We want to give users the knowledge and the power to make informed decisions by themselves to prevent abusive practices.

Rishab Nithyanand, Mozilla Fellow