You may have heard about Mozilla’s largest event of the year happening online from 20-24 March… The schedule is now LIVE, and we’re thrilled to invite you to explore the 162 interactive discussions, 125 workshops, 25 Art & Media installations, 32 lightning talks, and 21 social moments, that make up MozFest Virtual 2023.
MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.
This year, we’re focusing on the collective power of people – the change makers, the developers, the artists, the educators, the activists, the learners, the interested – to better our digital landscape, build transformative systems, and sustain momentum within our community towards positive human and digital rights progress.
What’s On The Schedule?
MozFest is made up of Spaces which are thematic focus areas that contain sessions and experiences. Within each Space, you can find everything you need: interactive, community-led sessions, inspiring talks, art installations, and community. Here are a few of our favourite sessions on the schedule from each Space:
Utility of Transparency
- Reframing Algorithmic Transparency | A lightning talk highlighting the complexity posed by machine learning algorithms and AI technologies.
- The World According to TikTok: Mapping Digital Boundaries and Algorithmic Proximities | A session investigating TikTok with the aim of making opaque platform decisions more transparent and holding them accountable.
Tech & Biodiversity
- Remixing Public Domain Culture for Climate Awareness: A Creative Workshop | A playful activity remixing public domain cultural heritage to learn about the interplay and alignment between open knowledge and open culture and their roles in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
- “Pictures of Nothing” | An experimental documentary exploring the connections between animal conservation and human surveillance.
Humans Behind the Machine
- Uniting the Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers Behind AI: The Challenges of Virtual Global Organising | An open discussion about organising a virtual workforce while providing access for all.
- Internet-mediated Sex Work: Exploring Policies, Practices and Designs for a Safer Online Environment for Sex Workers | A discovery session to explore the impact of issues related to privacy, censorship, and the impact of platforms’ designs and algorithms on sex workers’ agency and safety.
Autonomy & Governance
- Hijacking Digital Sticky Notes to Make Art | A guided workshop to examine features and micro-interactions of digital sticky notes, hijacking these features to imagine new purposes and ultimately crafting interactive art with sticky notes!
- Towards a Data Justice Framework for AI Developers | A workshop to explore how to apply this framework to demographic data collection for the purpose of giving voice and power to those affected by algorithmic systems.
Education & Access
- Be Bold: Wiki Women in Red | A round-table discussion addressing society's role in Wikipedia's content gender gap, including its effect on reliable sources and establishing notability.
- Learning to Coexist with AI for Access and Inclusion | A lightning talk asking the question: Is the lack of understanding around AI-based technologies blocking the next billion users from underrepresented regions from adopting this new and emerging tech?
- Rabbit Holes Collective | A unique ‘fall down a rabbit hole’ session to connect more deeply with nature through the sharing of personalised/adaptive podcasts.
- Go Back & Get It | An interactive art display centering on the stories of young people navigating the digital world.
- MozFest Zine Fair & Exhibition 2023 | A party with and for zine lovers and zine makers!
- Radical Inclusion Podcast | A podcast on the diversity of humanity, how it's reflected in the digital world, and the issues we see when looking at the future of the internet and AI.
- AI Sentience & Deep Ecology: Rethinking Our Philosophy of Nature | A workshop about AI sentience and its relationship with our attitudes about the planet
- Meet KOWA An African Ancestral AI | An interactive audio story with KOWA AI, the Knowledge of West Africa AI chatbot that holds the wisdom of elders of the West African Hausa community.
This year, we’re focusing on the collective power of people – the change makers, the developers, the artists, the educators, the activists, the learners, the interested – to better our digital landscape, build transformative systems, and sustain momentum within our community towards positive human and digital rights progress. And we'd love for you to join us.
Secure your ticket to join us at Mozilla Festival Virtual 2023 on 20-24 March!
MozFest is part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. To learn more, visit www.mozillafestival.org.
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Kristina Gorr is a storyteller and strategist who loves using her passion for writing to pull together communication campaigns for MozFest and the internet health community. Her Mozilla superhero powers include curating content from the community, mad organizational skills, rallying and connecting the community, and lending her eagle eye to those who need editing assistance.