Should you attend yet another virtual conference in 2023?
But MozFest isn’t just another virtual conference. We’re a party for artists, a playground for tech enthusiasts, a workspace for makers, and an energy tank for activists.
Officially, 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.
We’re the place where you arrive with an idea, and leave with a community.
MozFest Virtual takes place online 20-24 March, and we have five really great reasons why you should secure your ticket today.
Learn a new skill, gain fresh perspectives on your work, and meet with both peers and experts in your field. Here’s a sneak peek of a fun session we think you’ll love:
This workshop will run as an interactive problem-solving game. Drawing from Ostrom’s theory of governance of the commons, it will explore collective governance of data. Inviting attendees to vote on decision making (one member, one vote as in a cooperative) through deliberative process - we simulate a data cooperative structure. The goal of this session is to illustrate-through-experience, the concepts of Data Stewardship and participatory governance.
With thousands of participants from over 145 countries, our community welcomes you in fun and unique ways. You’ll have a chance to chat in sessions, take a guided meditation break with friends, hang out in a virtual movie theater, collaborate on projects, and much more! And who knows, you might even meet someone who sparks a new project or business idea, like Mark Boas!
“...thanks to MozFest, for a couple of years I was co-founder and CTO of an actual business, called Trint. My co-founder – a journalist – was introduced to me at MozFest. That business, also based upon Hyperaudio technology, grew to become a company with over 100 employees.”
- Mark Boas, MozFest Attendee, Facilitator, Wrangler, Collaborator
Here's the summary for a MozFest session from Apple Whistle Blower Thomas Le Bonniec that is sure to spark global conversation and connection:
In 2019 Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft had their policies on vocal assistants exposed.
The suspicion was confirmed : not only did these firms record their users without their knowledge or consent, but they also employed workers to review said recordings. Thomas Le Bonniec was one of them. He listened to thousands of recordings on Siri for Apple in 2019, then quit and was one of the people who revealed their practices.
This discussion is intended to talk about the aftermath: there have been no consequences and little engagement on the wiretapping of hundreds of millions of people.
A political perspective is necessary, to discuss why privacy should be considered a common good, the privacy paradox, and not giving up the fight.
Last year, we held a science fair (among other events) in Mozilla Hubs, and a zine fair in Spatial Chat. The world premiere of "Afro Algorithms" took place on the Plaza, and there was even a live opera that took place! This year, we’re excited for Mozilla and the community to push the envelope even further, finding unique intersections to create engaging, virtual playgrounds. Here is an example coming to MozFest Virtual 2023:
AI-Musement Park is an interdisciplinary project, developed within Mozilla Hubs to critically explore machine learning processes and AI imaginaries. Among other experiences, there will be a performance of an AI driven version of Moby Dick using Ai text, an AI 3D whale, and other AI driven animations, set amidst an old fashioned amusement park. Get ready for songs, animations, a roller coaster ride, and structured discussion!
5) Take care of yourself by taking advantage of the moments of quiet reflection that are baked into the festival.
Come when you can, how you can. The schedule runs for 12 hours a day, which means you can come and go as it fits into your schedule. You can also attend meditations, listen to podcasts, go take a walk and reflect, or read material provided by our Facilitators. Whatever makes the most of your festival experience – do it!
Kristina serves as MozFest Communications Manager and brings her passion for writing and storytelling to the community to contribute to the internet health movement. When she isn’t writing, you can find her enjoying chocolate, taking a walk outside, or spending time with her three active children.