MozFest's signature speaker series will have a moment of reckoning with AI — exploring ancestral knowledge, responsible tech investing, global elections, education and the metaverse.
Dialogues & Debates is MozFest's speakers series — a place for fiery conversations and compelling panels.
Between March 7 and March 11, we'll broadcast deep discussions about systems thinking and bias; how AI can learn from ancestral practices and wisdom; how to address education in a mixed reality; and much more. Festival participants will hear from 26 speakers from 10 countries. You can watch the Dialogues and Debates panels on the Mozilla Festival Plaza or on Twitter, and join the conversation by asking questions using #DialoguesAndDebates.
Below, learn more about our Dialogues & Debates speakers and the schedule:
Can AI ever be the people’s tool and hold the intelligence of abolition or are these machines beholden to learning from existing systematic structures? How can we invest in communities who are ensuring that the global majority thrives, that our earth thrives? Is it time for an AI reckoning? A panel featuring:
If we lay down the burden of a future-only presumption of what technology is and can be, are we more likely to center people and the environment and develop technologies through which we can survive and thrive? How do we develop strategies for the futures we desire and/or will likely face? A panel featuring:
L. Franklin Gilliam, Artist, designer and Board Chair, Out in Tech
Venture Capital, Digital Rights, and the Future of Responsible Tech Investing | Tuesday, March 8 @ 3:45pm ET / 9:45pm CET
How can technology founders, civil society and policy makers engage traditional VC investors to actively foster a responsible and intersectional tech ecosystem that disrupts for good, and seeks to build rather than break? Is it fair to say that traditional VC is fundamentally at odds with a vision of tech that is healthier for all? A panel featuring:
As the internet evolves, what will it look like — and who will it benefit? Will it be a Metaverse™, owned and built by only a few and perpetuating the ills of today’s internet? Will it be a metaverse, built and governed collectively? Or, is the premise of a metaverse inherently flawed — a shiny trope that distracts us from confronting the colonial, extractive nature that pervades so many of our digital technologies? A Mozilla Plenary featuring:
In 2022, elections are planned in Lebanon, Kenya, Brazil, Philippines, France, US and beyond. What has become of elections and democracy in the age of digital platforms? Are we entering a new era of governance that will be shaped by the way platforms drive and impact campaigns, movement building, national narratives and political discourse? Will democracy survive AI? A panel featuring:
The Future is Intersectional Conversation: Future of Media & Technology | Thursday, March 10 @ 1pm ET / 7pm CET
Join a conversation between Cheryl Finley and Kamal Sinclair about the future of media and technology and who holds the power to shift the cultural landscape. The conversation is a continuation of The Future is Intersectional series in partnership with Spelman College.
Upcoming generations are growing up in a mixed reality where they develop a powerful command on internet platforms. Tik Tok is a great manifestation of the nuances of existence through short, catchy, layered video content. Gaming is another space where the rules of the real world are interwoven by those of the game. What is then the role of education in this cross-existence: how do these interactions shape young folks in their interactions and interrogations of technology? A panel featuring:
Angela Chen, Founder Eskwelabs