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The Battle to Save Net Neutrality: A Panel with Tom Wheeler, Ro Khanna, Mozilla, Leading TV Producers and Others

di, 22/08/2017 - 19:18
On September 18, net neutrality experts will gather at the Internet Archive to discuss dire threats to the open web. You’re invited


Net neutrality — and the future of a healthy internet — is at stake.

In May, the FCC voted to move forward with plans to gut net neutrality. It was a decision met with furor: Since then, many millions of Americans have written, phoned and petitioned the FCC, demanding an internet that belongs to individual users, not broadband ISP gatekeepers. And scores of nonprofits and technology companies have organized to amplify Americans’ voices.

The first net neutrality public comment period ends on August 30, and the FCC is moving closer to a vote.

So on Monday, September 18, Mozilla is gathering leaders at the forefront of protecting net neutrality. We’ll discuss why it matters, what lies ahead, and what can be done to protect it.

RSVP: The Battle to Save Net Neutrality

Leaders like former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Congressman Ro Khanna will discuss net neutrality’s importance to free speech, innovation, competition and social justice.

This free public event, titled “Battle to Save Net Neutrality,” will feature a panel discussion, reception and audience Q&A. It will be held at the Internet Archive (300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants include:

  • Panelist Tom Wheeler, former FCC Chairman who served under President Obama and architect of the 2015 net neutrality rules


  • Panelist and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-California), who represents California’s 17th congressional district in the heart of Silicon Valley. Khanna is a vocal supporter of net neutrality


  • Panelist Amy Aniobi, TV writer and producer for “Insecure” (HBO) and “Silicon Valley” (HBO), and member of the Writers Guild of America, West


  • Panelist Luisa Leschin, TV writer and producer for “From Dusk til Dawn” (Netflix) and “Just Add Magic” (Amazon), and a member of the Writers Guild of America, West


  • Panelist Denelle Dixon, Mozilla Chief Legal and Business Officer. Dixon spearheads Mozilla’s business, policy and legal activities in defense of a healthy internet. She is a vocal advocate for net neutrality, encryption and greater user choice and control online


  • Panelist Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice. Cyril has spent the past 20 years building the capacity of racial and economic justice movements to win media rights, access and power in the digital age


  • Moderator Gigi Sohn, Mozilla Tech Policy Fellow and former counselor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (2013-2016). One of the nation’s leading advocates for an open, fair, and fast internet, Sohn was named “one of the heroes that saved the Internet” by The Daily Dot for her leadership in the passage of the FCC’s strong net neutrality rules in 2015

Join us as we discuss the future of net neutrality, and what it means for the health of the internet. Register for this free event here.

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Welcome Michael DeAngelo, Chief People Officer

ma, 21/08/2017 - 17:00

Michael DeAngelo joins the Mozilla leadership team this week as Chief People Officer.

As Chief People Officer, Michael is responsible for all aspects of HR and Organizational Development at Mozilla Corporation with an overall focus on ensuring we’re building and growing a resilient, high impact global organization as a foundation for our next decade of growth and impact.

Michael brings two decades of experience leading people teams at Pinterest, Google and Pepsico. Earlier in his career Michael held a number of HR roles in Organization Development, Compensation, and People Operations at Microsoft, Merck and AlliedSignal.

At Pinterest, Michael built out the majority of the HR function. One of the most important teams was the Diversity and Inclusion function which is recognized as one of the best in the industry. Two of his proudest moments there were being the first company ever to set public diversity goals. and growing new hires from under-represented backgrounds from 1% to 9% in one year.

Michael brings a global perspective from his tenure at Google, where for four years he led HR for the Europe/Middle East/Africa region based in Zurich, Switzerland. At Google he also led the HR team supporting 10,000 employees for Search, Android, Chrome, and Google+. Prior to Google, Michael was Vice President of HR at Pepsico leading all people functions for the Quaker Foods global P&L.

“Having spent so much of my career in technology, I have long been an admirer of Mozilla and the important contributions it has made to keeping the Internet open and accessible to all. This is an exciting time for Mozilla as we’re about to deliver a completely revitalized Firefox, we’re ramping investments in new emerging technologies and we’re making important strides in fighting for a healthier Internet platform for all. I am excited to come on board and support the continued development and growth of the organization’s talent and capabilities to help us reach our goals.”

Michael will be based in the Bay Area and will work primarily out of our San Francisco office.

Welcome Michael!


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Honoring Our Friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship

vr, 11/08/2017 - 15:55
To honor Bassel Khartabil’s legacy and his lasting impact on the open web, a slate of nonprofits are launching a new fellowship in his name


By Katherine Maher (executive director, Wikimedia Foundation), Ryan Merkley (CEO, Creative Commons) and Mark Surman (executive director, Mozilla)

On August 1, 2017, we received the heartbreaking news that our friend Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil, detained since 2012, was executed by the Syrian government shortly after his 2015 disappearance. Khartabil was a Palestinian Syrian open internet activist, a free culture hero, and an important member of our community. Our thoughts are with Bassel’s family, now and always.

Today we’re announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship to honor his legacy and lasting impact on the open web.

Bassel Khartabil

Bassel was a relentless advocate for free speech, free culture, and democracy. He was the cofounder of Syria’s first hackerspace, Aiki Lab, Creative Commons’ Syrian project lead, and a prolific open source contributor, from Firefox to Wikipedia. Bassel’s final project, relaunched as #NEWPALMYRA, entailed building free and open 3D models of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. In his work as a computer engineer, educator, artist, musician, cultural heritage researcher, and thought leader, Bassel modeled a more open world, impacting lives globally.

To honor that legacy, the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship will support outstanding individuals developing the culture of their communities under adverse circumstances. The Fellowship — organized by Creative Commons, Mozilla, the Wikimedia Foundation, the Jimmy Wales Foundation, #NEWPALMAYRA, and others — will launch with a three-year commitment to promote values like open culture, radical sharing, free knowledge, remix, collaboration, courage, optimism, and humanity.

As part of this new initiative, fellows can work in a range of mediums, from art and music to software and community building. All projects will catalyze free culture, particularly in societies vulnerable to attacks on freedom of expression and free access to knowledge. Special consideration will be given to applicants operating within closed societies and in developing economies where other forms of support are scarce. Applications from the Levant and wider MENA region are greatly encouraged.

Throughout their fellowship term, chosen fellows will receive a stipend, mentorship from affiliate organizations, skill development, project promotion, and fundraising support from the partner network. Fellows will be chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives of the partner organizations.

Says Mitchell Baker, Mozilla executive chairwoman: “Bassel introduced me to Damascus communities who were hungry to learn, collaborate and share. He introduced me to the Creative Commons community which he helped found. He introduced me to the open source hacker space he founded, where Linux and Mozilla and JavaScript libraries were debated, and the ideas of open collaboration blossomed. Bassel taught us all. The cost was execution. As a colleague, Bassel is gone. As a leader and as a source of inspiration, Bassel remains strong. I am honored to join with others and echo Bassel’s spirit through this Fellowship.”

Fellowship details

Organizational Partners include Creative Commons, #FREEBASSEL, Wikimedia Foundation, GlobalVoices, Mozilla, #NEWPALMYRA, YallaStartup, the Jimmy Wales Foundation, and SMEX.

Amazon Web Services is a supporting partner.

The Fellowships are based on one-year terms, which are eligible for renewal.

The benefits are designed to allow for flexibility and stability both for Fellows and their families. The standard fellowship offers a stipend of $50,000 USD, paid in 10 monthly installments. Fellows are responsible for remitting all applicable taxes as required.

To help offset cost of living, the fellowship also provides supplements for childcare and health insurance, and may provide support for project funding on a case-by-case basis. The fellowship also covers the cost of required travel for fellowship activities.

Fellows will receive:

  • A stipend of $50,000 USD, paid in 10 monthly installments
  • A one-time health insurance supplement for Fellows and their families, ranging from $3,500 for single Fellows to $7,000 for a couple with two or more children
  • A one-time childcare allotment of up to $6,000 for families with children
  • An allowance of up to $3,000 towards the purchase of laptop computer, digital cameras, recorders and computer software; fees for continuing studies or other courses, research fees or payments, to the extent such purchases and fees are related to the fellowship
  • Coverage in full for all approved fellowship trips, both domestic and international

The first fellowship will be awarded in April 2018. Applications will be accepted beginning February 2018.

Eligibility Requirements. The Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship is open to individuals and small teams worldwide, who:

  • Propose a viable new initiative to advance free culture values as outlined in the call for applicants
  • Demonstrate a history of activism in the Open Source, Open Access, Free Culture or Sharing communities
  • Are prepared to focus on the fellowship as their primary work

Special consideration will be given to applicants operating under oppressive conditions, within closed societies, in developing economies where other forms of support are scarce, and in the Levant and wider MENA regions.

Eligible Projects. Proposed projects should advance the free culture values of Bassel Khartabil through the use of art, technology, and culture. Successful projects will aim to:

  • Meaningfully increase free public access to human knowledge, art or culture
  • Further the cause of social justice/social change
  • Strive to develop both a local and global community to support its cause

Any code, content or other materials produced must be published and released as free, openly licensed and/or open-source.

Application Process. Project proposals are expected to include the following:

  • Vision statement
  • Bio and CV
  • Budget and resource requirements for the next year of project development

Applicants whose projects are chosen to advance to the next stage in the evaluation process may be asked to provide additional information, including personal references and documentation verifying income.

About Bassel

Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-Syrian computer engineer, educator, artist, musician, cultural heritage researcher and thought leader, was a central figure in the global free culture movement, connecting and promoting Syria’s emerging tech community as it existed before the country was ransacked by civil war. Bassel co-founded Syria’s first hackerspace, Aiki Lab, in Damascus in 2010. He was the Syrian lead for Creative Commons as well as a contributor to Mozilla’s Firefox browser and the Red Hat Fedora Linux operating system. His research into preserving Syrian archeology with computer 3D modeling was a seminal precursor to current practices in digital cultural heritage preservation — this work was relaunched as the #NEWPALMYRA project in 2015.

Bassel’s influence went beyond Syria. He was a key attendee at the Middle East’s bloggers conferences and played a vital role in the negotiations in Doha in 2010 that led to a common language for discussing fair use and copyright across the Arab-speaking world. Software platforms he developed, such as the open-source Aiki Framework for collaborative web development, still power high-traffic web sites today, including Open Clip Art and the Open Font Library. His passion and efforts inspired a new community of coders and artists to take up his cause and further his legacy, and resulted in the offer of a research position in MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media; his listing in Foreign Policy’s 2012 list of Top Global Thinkers; and the award of Index on Censorship’s 2013 Digital Freedom Award.

Bassel was taken from the streets in March of 2012 in a military arrest and interrogated and tortured in secret in a facility controlled by Syria’s General Intelligence Directorate. After a worldwide campaign by international human rights groups, together with Bassel’s many colleagues in the open internet and free culture communities, he was moved to Adra’s civilian prison, where he was able to communicate with his family and friends. His detention was ruled unlawful by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and condemned by international organizations such as Creative Commons, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Jimmy Wales Foundation.

Despite the international outrage at his treatment and calls for his release, in October of 2015 he was moved to an undisclosed location and executed shortly thereafter — a fact that was kept secret by the Syrian regime for nearly two years.

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