These technologists, activists, journalists, and scientists will spend the next several months supporting a healthier internet, with a focus on strengthening civil society by collaborating with host organizations working at the intersection of technology and social justice.
Critical civil society organizations fight inequality, protect the public, and partner with the public sector to serve its citizens. In the era of ubiquitous technology, it’s paramount that civil society also work to address societal issues as they converge with the digital world.
Ford Foundation and Mozilla are partnering to strengthen the work of organizations across the Global South by layering technology strategies that will help catalyze the growth of a critical ‘third space’ where key civil society organizations and tech-focused individuals address issues at the intersection of technology and society.
Mozilla’s 10 newest fellows will collaborate directly with civil society organizations to increase the impact of the organizations’ work by supporting the organizations to recognize, design, and enhance their capacity to address societal issues at the intersection of technology and social justice so that they may continue to uphold the rights of citizens.
Their collaboration with host organizations will integrate their technological expertise in Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, India and the MENA region across a diverse range of social justice issues including:
- Explore and implement strategies to mitigate online socio-political violence linked to authoritarian discourse as a way to strengthen democratic agency and environmental justice;
- Advance rule of law and activate civic participation online and accountability for good governance;
- Bridge the gaps between art and culture based advocacy to access to public spaces and information -- and to see the internet as a public, civic space -- as well as the institutionalisation and dissemination of information relevant to legislative discourse; and
- Innovate strategies that would institutionalise Women’s rights and enhance civic engagement online among other things.
Mozilla’s fellowship program fuels the broader internet health movement. We provide funding, amplification, and networking opportunities to individuals devoted to privacy, inclusion, and openness online. Past Mozilla fellows have built browser extensions to protect users’ privacy; published localized Internet Health Reports; evangelized open-source tools for scientists; and more.
Reem Almasri | Jordan | International Media Support / Febrayer Network
Reem aims to increase the access of journalists from the Arab region to original well-researched content on the modern history of internet infrastructure, governance and ownership and its impact on knowledge production. Embedded with Febrayer, a network of independent Arab media organizations, Reem will develop curriculum for the Counter Academy of Arab Journalism, and lead the production of a joint dossier across the Febrayer network. Before joining Mozilla, Reem was working as a journalist and researcher for the Jordan-based online magazine, 7iber, where she specialised in internet governance and law and researched how to integrate digital security tools in the journalistic practice.