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June 22 Dialogues & Debates speakers

The latest installment of MozFest Dialogues & Debates series will explore how LGBTQ identity intersects with online life — especially over the past year

This Pride Month, Mozilla is convening prominent LGBTQ activists, researchers, and technologists for our monthly Dialogues & Debates speaker series. We’ll discuss how the internet has intersected with their careers and community — especially during the last year, in which the pandemic forced so much of life online.

This panel is slated for Tuesday, June 22 at 12pm ET, and titled “Pride, the Internet, and the Pandemic.”

Audience members are able to submit their questions ahead of time by tweeting @mozilla with the hashtag #DialoguesAndDebates.

Watch on Twitter or YouTube.

Our 40-minute panel will feature:

Soudeh Rad

Soudeh Rad | co-chair, ILGA-Europe; co-founder, Spectrum

Soudeh Rad is a queer feminist bisexual Iranian immigrant, who arrived in Europe 27 years ago and has been living in France for 18 years now.

President of a French queer feminist NGO, they co-founded Spectrum after years of activism in the French and Iranian queer and feminist movements. Soudeh has been working as an activist, researcher and freelance journalist on human rights, digital rights and SOGISC based discriminations, with a focus on LGBTI individuals from or living in the MENA region, since 2008.

Shaka McGlotten

Shaka McGlotten | professor, media studies & anthropology, SUNY Purchase

Shaka McGlotten is an anthropologist and maker who stages encounters between Black study, queer theory, media, and art. They have written and lectured widely on networked intimacies and messy computational entanglements as they interface with QTPOC lifeworlds.

They are the author of Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality (SUNY Press, 2013) and Dragging: Or, in the Drag of a Queer Life (Routledge, 2021), in addition to dozens of articles and chapters. They are also the co-editor of two edited collections, Black Genders and Sexualities (with Dana-ain Davis) (Palgrave, 2012) and Zombies and Sexuality (with Steve Jones) (McFarland, 2014). They are currently at work on Black Data, which looks to queer of color artists and their engagements with various contemporary technologies. Their work has been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Creative Capital | The Andy Warhol Foundation, and Data & Society.

Peaks Krafft

Peaks Krafft | lead, Creative Computing Institute at University of Arts London

Dr. Peaks Krafft (they/them) is Senior Lecturer and MA Internet Equalities Course Leader at the UAL Creative Computing Institute. Dr. Krafft undertakes critically-oriented computer science research, academic organising, and community organising, especially recently on four issues in higher education and tech: social impacts of technology; personal and institutional accountability; anti-racism in organisations, and conflicts of interest from tech funding.

Dr. Krafft's work is animated by an interest in who and what is missing when we talk about or are involved in data science and computing. How do we move beyond the terms equality, diversity and inclusion, to build counter-power to the modes of oppression in society that are replicated within tech? For many who are marginalised, the status quo remains a central barrier to being present and progressing in the fields of computer science and data science. Dr Krafft is equally occupied with how work is organised in tech and higher education, as with doing work in these sectors.

Nim Ralph

Nim Ralph | community organiser, and freelance trainer, facilitator and writer

Nim Ralph is a trans activist and freelance writer, trainer & facilitator. They campaign actively for queer and trans rights and have organised around issues related to anti-racism, disability and the environment. Nim has held a number of strategic roles in the anti-racist, LGBTQI, women’s and disability sectors in the UK. They co-founded QTIPOC London ( for Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour), Purple Rain Collective and are an inaugural member of the Edge Fund. Previous to this they co-founded and directed So We Stand; an organisation working with communities on the frontlines of injustice and linking environmental, social and racial justice in the UK. This won Nim an Olive Morris Memorial Award for activism and was named a Guardian “Youth Climate Leader.”

Justin O'Kelly

And moderator Justin O'Kelly of Mozilla.

Justin O'Kelly manages executive communications for Mozilla. He's a former BBC and CNN International journalist and the author of two queer sci-fi novels, "The Smell of Good Decisions" and "The Smell of Bad Decisions."

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.