SupeRRR Feminist Tech Fellowship

Great news indeed. The wonderful Julia Kloiber just launched our very first SupeRRR Feminist Tech Fellowship, powered by Mozilla. It’s a special honor for me to support this exciting opportunity as a mentor.

Learn more about our first cohort here: http://superrr.net/feministtech/

And if you have any ideas, art or tech projects, research, written pieces, or otherwise creative things to share — or you might even want to support the overall effort and help us recruit even more fellows in the future, please let us know!

Podcast Interview: TonspurN

Auf der Bits&Bäume Konferenz in Berlin im November 2018 hatte ich die Gelegenheit mit Roman Mesicek vom TonspurN Podcast über “Die erneuerbaren Energien der Digitalbewegung” zu sprechen. Das war ein wirklich unterhaltsames und angenehmes Interview, in dem wir über die Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede von Umwelt- und Digitalbewegung, die Komplexität des digitalen Ökosystems, die Herausforderungen und Ideen, mit denen sich Mozilla beschäftigt und vieles mehr gesprochen haben.

Meine persönliche Hörempfehlung ist nicht nur Folge 63, der Podcast hat noch viele weitere spannende Gesprächspartner rund um die Themen Nachhaltigkeit und Digitalisierung. Hört rein!

Workshop: Transmediale, Berlin

Thinking/Acting in Alliance: First Steps Towards a Digital Climate Agreement“, that was the title of an interesting unconference-style workshop at Transmediale, in which I was invited by iMAL to participate as a facilitator and moderator for the “freedom of speech” part of this debate.

It was an intense, but fun ride with plenty of ideas that will be further elaborated in workshops across different cities over the next few month.

And to avoid confusion: This wasn’t about using digital technologies as a tool to fight global warming, but about creating an alliance working to protect the digital environment with the same urgency as climate change.

Workshop: Raisina Dialogue, Delhi, India

Thanks to an invitation from the Observer Research Foundation, I was able to join this year’s Raisina Dialogue from January 7-11 in (New) Delhi, India where we spent many, many hours (think of an official 9am-10.30pm programme) discussing geopolitical power dynamics and shifts in the current world order.

It wasn’t just a packed programme, it also provided me with some new perspectives and plenty of delegates challenging my own assumptions and worldviews. And while there were several discussions around cybersecurity, internet governance, and emerging technologies; the one discussion that left a lasting impression and had us up in debate for hours after hours was the one dedicated to the impact of #metoo and feminism more broadly across different regions: It’s a long way to equality. Let’s never give up!

Moderation: FoME Symposium, Berlin

Manipulation of Public Opinion in Social Media: Actors, Trends, Counter-strategies” — this wasn’t exactly an easy to digest or necessarily uplifting topic, but it has been a great pleasure quizzing Lisa-Maria Neudert, John Jal Dak, and Amber Macintyre about their research and insights into the various complexities of (social) media capture during the Forum Media and Development Symposium 2018 at the premises of FES Berlin.

Recordings should be up soon.

Panel: Internet Governance Forum, Paris

On November 12, I was joined by Ephraim Kenyanito, Shashank Mohan, and Solana Larsen at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to talk about whether it has become a luxury to disconnect during the 2018 Internet Governance Forum. It was a fantastic, insightful panel, one with plenty of personal stories sharing our individual passions to protect privacy in the digital age. This is also why the featured image focuses on fun, rather than the seriousness of the UN setup.

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