On this Side of the Web | A Short Film Screening at MozFest


My first Mozfest experience was virtual!

In the year 2018, I could not attend the Mozilla Festival in person because of cost and visa barriers, so I co-facilitated my session from a distance. Two years later, I am Wrangling the AI Wellness Space[1] and am a Mozfest Ambassador[2] to the first-ever virtual MozFest. This unique gathering will now reach many more people like me, who otherwise would have never attended. And yet, there is still a digital divide that is keeping the ones whose voices are most needed on this platform from attending.

At the virtual MozFest, I am looking forward to sharing what it’s like to be on the other side of the web with a film screen co-directed by me and Uffa Modey titled ‘On this Side of the Web’.

‘On this Side of The Web’ is a short film by youth-led organization Digital Grassroots[3] that portrays key barriers to digital inclusion for young people and marginalized groups. Not everyone can afford the internet, and even if they could, sometimes the infrastructure simply isn’t there. The digital literacy gap can also keep some internet users from being able to meaningfully participate at MozFest due to language, skills, or technical differences.

Digital Grassroots short film ‘On this side of the web’ aims to show how the global culture and our individual heritage may keep us on the other side of the internet divide. The film will be part of the Global Culture and Heritage Space, which challenges us to explore new ways for bringing the disconnected onboard so that the future of AI will be inclusive and representative of its users.

Our community of Wranglers are working to ensure MozFest is accessible across our diversities of age, region, profession, and lifestyle amidst a global pandemic. It is a great learning experience for our community. This short film tries to do the same by providing a depiction of what we have learned across the years as youth leaders from Digital Grassroots and young people in internet governance.

On This Side of The Web

References

  1. ^ AI Wellness Space (www.mozillafestival.org)
  2. ^ Mozfest Ambassador (www.mozillafestival.org)
  3. ^ Digital Grassroots (digitalgrassroots.org)


Source: Mozilla

February 17, 2021
Category : Marketing
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