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!

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/

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.

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.

Keynote: Smart City Arena, Frankfurt am Main

Am 18. September war ich eingeladen auf dem 12. Bundeskongress für nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik zum Thema “Datenschutz und Smart Cities” zu sprechen. Die Möglichkeit, mich in diesen Aspekt von Digitalisierung — insbesondere aus dem Blickwinkel von “Luxury To Disconnect” — einzuarbeiten, war höchst interessant, weshalb ich den Beitrag auch veröffentliche.

Die Verschriftlichung meines Vortrages ist hier zu lesen.

Article: There’s a techlash. The G20 should listen.

The Internet is at risk. Once thought of as the global equalizer, opening doors for communication, work opportunities, commerce and more – the Internet is now increasingly viewed with skepticism. We are witnessing a trend where people feel let down by the technology they use. Fueled by unease and uncertainty about the growing scope of threats to security and privacy that come with an always-on, tech-driven world, people are now looking for ways to disconnect and are placing greater emphasis on values and human interaction.

Read the full piece written jointly with Constance Bommelaer de Leusse (Internet Society) and Nnenna Nwakanma (Web Foundation) here.

Auf Deutsch bei Heise.

En Español por InfoChannel Mexico.

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