MozFest House Kenya to Tackle Digital Extractivism, AI Governance

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MozFest House Kenya will bring together technologists, policymakers, activists, and researchers to address the pressing issues at the intersection of emerging technology and the African continent.

This regional adaptation of the renowned Mozilla Festival aims to foster knowledge sharing, debates, and partnerships focused on the development and governance of digital technologies in Eastern and Southern Africa.

MozFest House Kenya, hosted at Nairobi’s Shamba House Cafe, will serve as a platform to confront the challenges of digital extractivism and AI governance.

With a strong emphasis on digital safety, digital rights, tech accountability, and trustworthy AI, the festival aims to empower diverse communities and advocate for a more humane and healthier digital world.

Chenai Chair, Senior Program Officer Africa Mradi Mozilla, stated, “MozFest House Kenya is an unapologetic regional convening to speak truth to power around digital safety, digital rights, tech accountability, and overall, trustworthy AI in Africa.

The festival is the premier gathering for activists, artists, technologists, and educators in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane and healthier digital world.”

Sarah Allen, Senior Director of MozFest, added that MozFest Kenya is a celebration of the work that’s happening locally to advocate and build inclusive and ethical technologies.

“Kenya is leading the way when it comes to local innovation and internet governance, and we want to contribute to that momentum.”

The event comes at a crucial time as the African continent grapples with the unchecked power of Big Tech and the push for tech sovereignty. In Kenya, tech workers are currently fighting for healthier working conditions and fairer wages, shedding light on the fault lines of digital extractivism and drawing parallels with colonial history.

MozFest House Kenya aims to dismantle these extractive practices through bold conversations and concrete actions. Building on the success of MozFest House Amsterdam, which gave birth to the Amsterdam covenant to protect young people online, MozFest House Kenya will feature over 20 sessions under the theme “Mobilizing African Communities for Trustworthy AI.”

These interactive sessions will delve into critical issues such as digital safety, digital rights, platform accountability, and the need for internet governance in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Attendees can look forward to keynote addresses and panels featuring renowned voices from across the region, including tech policy experts, artists, activists, and technologists. The event will also showcase exhibitions, demos, and a hackathon, bringing to life the intersection of AI and the African continent.

MozFest House Kenya is poised to be a transformative event, driving the conversation on ethical, equitable, and humane technologies in Africa. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, the festival aims to shape the future of digital innovation and governance on the continent.

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