The Internet Freedom Festival’s Diversity & Inclusion Program is a collaborative initiative designed to give voice to underrepresented groups and give them more presence within the larger Internet Freedom community, providing them with the means to attend the Internet Freedom Festival, in March 2018.
“The Internet Freedom Festival is doing a great job in one, bringing together Internet freedom warriors from the South to meet, share experiences and forge working alliances and two, work closely with the global North to scale solutions that make the Internet more open and secure for all. Most of the linkages made in Valencia have grown to stronger projects and partnerships. This regional diversity is key in enriching our understanding of what works for Internet freedom – one byte at a time – and importantly, to create trust in this sensitive community.”
Participate in the Diversity & Inclusion Program
Diversity by Design
The fund is designed to tackle those issues that make participation in the Internet Freedom Community difficult for underrepresented groups. It allows these groups to not only take part in important conversations at IFF but, most importantly, design programs and agendas that provide space for these groups to collectively address the inequality and regional issues that have gone unaddressed by the community. The fund will be used according to recommendations given to us by these communities, providing:
1) Travel assistance for session hosts from underrepresented groups
Covering the cost of travel was identified as one of the biggest challenges. Participants in the “Global South Meetup” conversation series noted that a high percentage of speakers from these regions were not able to be present in most of the conversations because of their limited resources.
For 2018, we will be providing travel assistance to groups from: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, MENA, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
2) Hiring inclusivity professionals
True inclusivity is a hard problem that requires professional resources. The Diversity & Inclusion Fund will provide resources to hire professionals to implement best practices related to inclusivity and providing moral support in a diverse environment. Specifically, they will:
- Help refine our Code of Conduct;
- Provide mentorship to Fellows on how to keep their theme inclusive;
- Research and share tools for the community to avoid common pitfalls;
- Create a safe space for conflict resolution.
Our previous inclusivity professionals:
Gaba is one of the software engineers at The Coral Project, building tools for inclusive communities in online journalism. She is an activist and hacker who loves the intersection between media, community and technology. She co-founded the non-profit DATA, which works with open data and transparency in Uruguay, and still collaborates with the implementation of the open contracting data standard in Mexico City. Gaba has been co-facilitating the Internet Freedom Festival in the past and is quite excited of helping the festival to be a much better space this year.
Frame Shift Consulting
Valerie Aurora is the founder and principal consultant of Frame Shift Consulting, a diversity and inclusion in tech consulting firm. She is the lead author of the Ally Skills Workshop, which teaches people with more power and influence how to support people with less. She is the co-founder and former executive director of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit that supported women in open technology and culture. Prior to that, she worked as a Linux kernel and file systems developer at Red Hat, IBM, Intel, and other companies.
The Diversity & Inclusion Program Goals
Exploring new opportunities to better engage underrepresented groups, and identify possible synergies.
Identifying and cultivating new voices and fresh perspectives and strategies on maximizing their inclusion in various events taking place at the 2018 IFF.
Improving the understanding of how the various communities are connected, their needs and shares goals. Illuminating current and potential relationships along with identifying lines of commonality across cultures and region.
Raising awareness about the challenges faced by various groups, cultures and movements as they become more involved in the Internet Freedom space.
Improvement of region-specific services, strategies, and circumvention technology tools.
Better understanding, strategizing and documenting of regional challenges that can be shared with the Internet Freedom Community.
Empower people to improve region-specific capacity building.
Discovery of new projects requiring funding for impactful initiatives in their regions.
The Impact of your Contribution
All the Diversity & Inclusion Fund contributors are featured on the website and materials, and will be celebrated during the all-participant opening ceremony!
Provides travel grants (airfare, lodging, nominal per diem) to at least two individuals to participate in the IFF in Valencia, Spain; covers a portion of the costs to engage inclusivity professionals in the design of the festival.
Provides travel grants (airfare, lodging, nominal per diem) to at least four individuals to participate in the IFF in Valencia, Spain; covers a portion of the costs to engage inclusivity professionals in the design of the festival.
Provides travel grants (airfare, lodging, nominal per diem) to at least eight individuals to participate in the IFF in Valencia, Spain; covers a portion of the costs to engage inclusivity professionals in the design of the festival.
Provides travel grants (airfare, lodging, nominal per diem) to at least twelve individuals to participate in the IFF in Valencia, Spain; covers a portion of the costs to engage inclusivity professionals in the design of the festival.