The Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows Program — a collaboration between the Ford Foundation and Mozilla — is an international leadership initiative that brings together the best emerging technology talent and civil society organizations to protect the open Web. The program fills a critical niche: it provides an ecosystem for the next generation of open Web advocates to make an early impact. As threats to digital freedom proliferate, it’s critical to have capable leaders.
Each year, Fellows spend 10 months embedded at leading advocacy organizations to safeguard the Internet as a global public resource. The 2015 host organizations are:
- American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts
- Amnesty International
- Association for Progressive Communications
- Free Press
- Open Technology Institute
- Public Knowledge
- 1 2015 Fellows
- 1.1 Paola Villarreal, American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts
- 1.2 Tim Sammut, Amnesty International
- 1.3 Andrea Del Rio, Association for Progressive Communications
- 1.4 Drew Wilson, Free Press
- 1.5 Gem Barrett, Open Technology Institute
- 1.6 Tennyson Holloway, Public Knowledge
Paola Villarreal, American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts
Data for Justice is a data-driven advocacy tool that visualizes information critical for eliminating injustice in communities.
Read more on the project's Knight News Challenge application https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/data/entries/the-data-for-justice-project
Tim Sammut, Amnesty International
- Secure Communications Framework: An approachable framework for human rights researchers that helps them understand how to communicate with contacts around the world safely in the context of varying threats and information sensitivity.
- Community Incident Response: Help human rights organizations in Amnesty's worldwide network access technical assistance during active digital attacks.
- ThunderSec: DKIM, SPF, DNSBL plug-in for Mozilla Thunderbird, addons.mozilla.org, GitHub
- Operate Tor Nodes
- Making Linux on the Macbook Pro Retina Less Terrible
- 1 October 2015, Blog post, Three Steps Against Mass Surveillance, For Other People
- 20 September 2015, Blog post, Human Rights Education Threat Modeling
- 12 September 2015, Conference proposal, Promoting Freedom of Expression with Tor
- 14 August 2015, Blog post, Tor Hidden Service for teamsammut.com
- 11 August 2015, Slides, Tor vs. VPNs and Proxies, PDF, ODF
- 23 July 2015, Blog post, The Internet that enables human rights won't continue by accident
- 23 July 2015, Blog post, What is the Open Web?
Andrea Del Rio, Association for Progressive Communications
Many of the bad things that happen offline are also true online: for example violence against women, discrimination against LGBT people, hate crimes, inequality of access to basic services or censorship. The project I am working on right now called The Feminist Principles of the Internet aims to inspire people not only to imagine a Feminist Internet but actually build one that is fair, inclusive, empowering and safe for everyone.
Drew Wilson, Free Press
Drew is embedded in Free Press' Internet2016 campaign and is building tools that internet rights advocates can use to bootstrap their own activism projects.
Gem Barrett, Open Technology Institute
Gem is a member of the MLab team at OTI, helping to build the largest collection of open Internet performance data on the planet.
Gem is the recipient of the 2016 DCFemTech Powerful Woman Programmer award
Tennyson Holloway, Public Knowledge
Tennyson is working on projects that inspire and educate future web advocates. "What can i do for the internet.org" is a website that represents a vision of a story based platform that educates, inspires, and assists users to join the open web movement. His other projects involve creating web games that explain tech policy Washington issues, such as copyright and patent trolls.
Some of the projects Tennyson is working on include:
- sms vote update https://tennysonholloway.github.io/sms-vote-updates/
- small games about policy topics, including Public Domain https://tennysonholloway.github.io/public_domain_sim/
- netposi.com a podcast about activity + technology (in collaboration with Drew & Andrea)
You can find Tennyson's blog about his projects and the fellowship at medium.com/@tennyson