Building and supporting leaders equipped to protect the open Web is a core part of Mozilla’s advocacy strategy. After a comprehensive, worldwide search, we are excited to introduce the 2015 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows!
Paola Villarreal | Americal Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts
Tim Sammut | Amnesty International
Andrea Del Rio | Association for Progressive Communications
Drew Wilson | Free Press
Gem Barrett | Open Technology Institute
Tennyson Holloway | Public Knowledge
The 2015 class represents the diversity of the Web — they come from around the world and bring skills ranging from security analysis and digital campaigning to games and apps development. Each Fellow will spend 10 months immersed in a host organization, working to advance Mozilla’s mission in policy areas including privacy, access, expression and more.
The Open Web Fellows program — a collaboration between the Ford Foundation and Mozilla — is an international program designed to engage developers, engineers, technologists, programmers and other webmakers with civil society organizations around the world to help protect the Internet. The Fellowship program is designed to create an ecosystem that will strengthen and build leaders dedicated to advancing the free and open Web.
During the 10-month Fellowship, this next generation of leaders will be immersed in projects that address key needs with respect to digital freedom. The Fellowships will produce better technical understanding among civil society and government policy-making bodies, a stronger affirmative agenda that creates better public awareness and understanding of Internet policy issues, and improved cross-sector coordination. Fellows will serve as mentors, advisors and ambassadors, helping to develop a better-informed global policy discussion.
The 2015 class of Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows are working with some of the world’s leading organizations to help ensure the public policy climate safeguards the Internet as a shared, global and public resource. In this inaugural year, Fellows are embedded within six organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Free Press, Open Technology Institute and Public Knowledge.
Please join us in welcoming the 2015 class of Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows. We are eager to see their impact in the months to come.