Blog: Mozilla’s journey to environmental sustainability

You can read the full post including process, strategic goals, and the four principles we’ve set for engaging on this issue on the Mozilla Blog: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/05/28/mozillas-journey-to-environmental-sustainability/

All I can say: It feels really good to finally be able to share a first insight into my new role, the challenges and opportunities that come with it. It won’t be an easy ride but I look forward to embarking on it!

(Virtuelles) Panel: Bits & Bäume

Am 23. April durfte ich gemeinsam mit der Parlamentarischen Staatssekretärin im BMU Rita Schwarzelühr-Stutter und Prof. Dr. Stefan Naumann vom Umweltcampus Birkenfeld zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit mit Blick auf Hard- und Software diskutieren. Es war definitiv ein interessantes Format, mit vielen guten Frage und Ideen, die ich nicht nur in meiner neuen Rolle als Mozillas Nachhaltigkeitsbeauftragte besonders zu schätzen weiß.

Mehr zur Veranstaltung.

Blog: Road to Sustainability: Introducing the Museum of the Fossilized Internet

Welcome to the Museum of the Fossilized Internet.

This museum was founded in 2050 to commemorate two decades of a fossil-free internet and to invite museum visitors to experience what the coal and oil-powered internet of 2020 was like.

Gasp at the horrors of surveillance capitalism. Nod knowingly at the plague of spam. Be baffled at the size of AI training data and lament the binge culture of video streaming.

Read the full post, including an announcement to tour the museum around Mozilla’s global offices here: https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/blog/road-sustainability-introducing-museum-fossilized-internet/

New Role: Mozilla Sustainability Steward

I couldn’t be more excited. It’s a pleasure and an honor to share that I’ve been ask to take on a new leading role within Mozilla, building up a dedicated programme to advance environmental sustainability.

It won’t be a walk in the part, but it’s the sort of challenge I could’ve only hoped for. For now, we’ve created a wiki where we’ll be sharing projects, ideas, and findings — have a look and ping me should you wish to get involved!

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Projects/Sustainability

Blog: What came out of Reimagine Open?

Last year, the many concerning headlines about the state of the internet prompted us into action. “It seems like we’re at a crossroads where we should take a step back to critically revisit what we envision for the future of our digital lives — and how we can bring about the change that we want to see in a connected world,” Michelle Thorne and I wrote.

We launched an open consultation process called Reimagine Open to refine our vision for the future of the web and our understanding of openness. Could the internet’s historic open architecture help us address today’s challenges in a constructive manner?

Over 100 people from 25 countries joined in-person focus groups and nearly 20,000 people from more than 160 countries shared their thoughts in a broad-based online survey.

Read full post on Internet Citizen.

Fellowship: Asian Forum on Global Governance

In January this year, I was provided with the opportunity to travel to India as a Raisina Young Fellow to become part of a wonderful cohort of individuals during the Asian Forum on Global Governance.

I captured some highlights on Instagram, noting:

The #AFGG2020 fellowship was such an incredible experience. 48 people, 28 countries. Too many pictures, too many moments, and all the laughs and fun to choose from.
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We danced. We explored. We debated. We acted. We competed. We listened. We graduated. And obviously: So. Much. More.
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With huge thanks to the Observer Research Foundation and ZEIT-Stiftung for providing us with this opportunity. More to come, no doubt.
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#raisinadialogue #raisina2020 #afgg #youngfellows #globalgovernance #fellowship #lifelonglearning #bondingmoments #friendship #personalgrowth #delhi #india #2020journey #newperspectives

Panel: Internet Governance Forum, Berlin

During the 14th IGF in Berlin, I was invited to join a panel on “Unpacking Digital Trade”. And while my knowledge on trade negotiations is pretty limited, it was certainly interesting, and both surprisingly valuable and surprisingly shocking, to learn how many of the established channels for multistakeholder engagement are yet again pushed aside to move government-dominated conversations into archaic, difficult to reach fora (WTO et.al.) — and also how many of the lessons learned throughout my professional life were helpful in this context, too.

You can watch the recording on Youtube (my intervention starts around 54min).

In addition, I very much enjoyed seeing so many of my Mozilla colleagues in action and demanding better of the internet in the IGF village at our booth.

Blog: How to end the global governance gridlock?

It’s generally accepted that democracy is in crisis worldwide, and that spaces for civic participation are shrinking. Meanwhile, the so-called “techlash” is polarising debates around how governments around the world should govern the internet and social media.

For years, I’ve heard people talk about fostering dialogue between diverse stakeholder groups and the importance of soliciting input from a wider range of voices. And yet, when it comes to developing comprehensive policies nearly everyone reverts back to engaging the networks and processes they know (and are comfortable with) instead of experimenting with new models for deliberation and decision-making.

Here’s a checklist to do better and increase impact.

Full piece on Medium.

Panel: Landesvertretung Schleswig-Holstein

Am 19. September durfte ich gemeinsam mit Schleswig-Holsteins Digitalisierungsminister, Jan Philipp Albrecht, sowie John Weitzmann von Wikimedia und Dr. Thomas Koenen vom BDI unter Moderation von Eva Diederich (NDR) rund um die Themen Offene Daten, Open Source, Open Government und die Idee von Datensouveränität diskutieren.

Während Schleswig-Holstein mit Blick auf die Öffnung der eigenen Verwaltungsdaten und die Verabschiedung einer Open-Source-Strategie durchaus eine Vorreiterrolle einnimmt, bestehen bestimmte Hürden nach wie vor. Dazu zählen grundlegende technische Umsetzungen, die einen gestuften Zugriff auf Planungsprozesse erlauben (Schreiben, Kommentieren, Lesen), Breitbandausbau, die Sicherstellung der Qualität von Daten sowie innovativere Politikgestaltung, die anerkennt, dass bestehende Daten bestenfalls die Vergangenheit abbilden, nicht unsere gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung einleiten.

Ich freue mich auf eine Fortführung dieser und weiterer Diskussionen und sehe die Veröffentlichung der BMI-Studie zur Abhängigkeit der deutschen Verwaltung von proprietärer Software als weiteren Nährboden für konstruktive Weiterentwicklung.

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