Mozilla Fellowship & Awards News: April-May 2021
Looking to learn more about or engage with Mozilla Fellows and Awardees around the world? Keep your eye on the Mozilla Foundation blog to stay up-to-date with regular updates about these leaders and their work by reviewing the current and upcoming news and announcements below. You can also see a directory of all Mozilla Fellows and Awardees here.
News from current fellows and awardees
- BBC addresses facial recognition bias issues in new Click episode featuring fellow Deb Raji in Biometric Update
- Fighting algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence featuring fellow Deb Raji in Physics World
- Fellow Tarcizio Silva published an online course about Internet and Inequalities (in Portuguese)
- Ethics of AI: Benefits and risks of artificial intelligence featuring fellow Deb Raji in ZDNet
- Micropayments Are A Macro Opportunity featuring fellow Amber Case in Forbes
- The EU's proposed AI regulations and what that means for U.S. businesses - Episode 104 featuring fellow Julia Reinhardt in What the Dev podcast
- News from the Responsible Computer Science Challenge community:
- Suresh Venkatasubramanian (Principal Investigator at the University of Utah) announces that he has taken an appointment with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to work on bias/fairness and a new CS/Data Science teaching position at Brown University (working with his current sub-grantee, Seny Kamara, to start a new center on Computing for the People.)
Fellowship and Awardee Alumni News
- Awardee Stephanie Lepp won two Webby's for Deep Reckonings (People's Voice and Jury). Check out her acceptance speech.
- Government aims to expand Ayushman Bharat through Aadhaar-based eligibility check, issue family IDs featuring fellow Divij Joshi in Medianama
- Report on blocking of FB hashtag ‘mischievous’ featuring fellow Divij Joshi in Times of India
- As part of the Responsible CS Challenge, 22 schools and universities have come together to create a playbook to help students bring ethics to the design of technology products.Learn more and contribute to the playbook
- Fellow Tarcizio Silva launched an online course “Internet and Inequalities” with Açao Educativo (in Portuguese)
- Algorithmic Discrimination: interdisciplinary challenges (“Discriminação Algorítmica: desafios interdisciplinares”) featuring fellow Tarcizio Silva May 5
- Fellow Sylvie Delacroix just published a paper: Computing Machinery, Surprise and Originality on the concept of “originality” in computing.
- Fellow Matt Mankins launched a blog Monetization Musings covering a variety of topics related to monetization, engineering, and design.
- Mozilla Dialogues and Debates panel about Big Tech and the German Elections on May 25 featuring fellow Julia Reinhardt, with Felix Kartte, Amber Sinha, and moderated by Julie Owono
- Fellows, including former fellow Guillaume Chaslot, will be presenting at RightsCon June 7-11. If you’re attending the online event, make sure to check out their sessions and say hello!
- Common Voice Kiswahili work officially launched. Announcement highlights funding from Gates/GIZ/FCDO and the purpose of focus for Kiswahili work. You can read more from Program Officer Chenai Chair in ZDNet: Mozilla expands effort to bring Kiswahili to voice assistants across 6 African countries and also on the BBC Digital Planet Podcast: The first African Voice Assistant
- Three new Common Voice fellows will also be joining the program - Kathleen Siminyu - Machine learning fellow; Rebecca Ryakitimbo and Britone Mwasaru - Community engagement fellows. The fellows will be starting the 1st of June. Read more about the new fellows in this week’s announcement.