Rethinking Power and Ethics, Mozilla Festival 2022

Mozilla Festival 2022, Rethinking Power and Ethics

By Borhane Blili-Hamelin in Community Conference

August 29, 2022

I was thrilled to co-design and co-curate Mozilla Festival’s 2022 Rethinking Power and Ethics Space.

One of the unusual features of Mozilla Festival is its de-centralized, community driven, and federated approach to conference design. Each year, a global community of organizers and leaders (‘Wranglers’) are selected to decide on the topics and themes of the conference. Wranglers are then invited to form the de-centralized teams that design and co-curate the parts of the conference dedicated to each topic (so-called ‘Spaces’).

The team that emerged for me was curious to see what we could do to shake-up the conversation about ethics, governance and power around AI. Rethinking Power and Ethics is the result of our collaboration.

We had an overwhelming response from the community, with 70 outstanding session proposals responding to our call. (We had a challenging time selecting the 20-25 sessions we had slots for at the conference…) The topics we ended up featuring ranged from strategic organizing against border tech, commons approaches to data governance, and ML explainability to storytelling, design futures, investor engagement, and digital extractivism in the Global South. Most importantly,

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August 29, 2022
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