Uganda's Sarah Kiden has been announced as one of Mozilla's 15 new Fellows in the areas of science, advocacy, and media. This is Mozilla's third cohort of Open Web Fellows.
The 15 were selected from more than 300 applications received by Mozilla. They come from various countries across the world including Mexico, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Uganda, the United States of America, and more.
Kiden is the Head of Systems at Uganda Christian University. She is also a Facilitator at Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU). She has been involved in coordinating capacity building initiatives for Universities and Research Institutions in Uganda since 2014 as well being a volunteers with the Internet Society Uganda Chapter, through which she picked interest and became active in Internet policy development at ICANN. She recently co-founded DigiWave Africa, a non-profit organization which supports the safe and responsible use of technology for youth and children. Sarah holds an MSc in Information Systems and BSc in Information Technology.
According to Mozilla, over the next several months the Fellows will use their abilities to work at making the Internet a healthier place. Among their many projects will be initiatives to make biomedical research more open; uncover technical solutions to online harassment; teach privacy and security fundamentals to patrons at public libraries; and curtail mass surveillance within Latin American countries.
The full list of the Ford-Mozilla Open Web:
- Sarah Aoun | Hollaback!
- Carlos Guerra | Derechos Digitales
- Sarah Kiden | Research ICT Africa
- Bram Abramson | Citizen Lab
- Freddy Martinez | Freedom of the Press Foundation
- Rishab Nithyanand | Data & Society
- Rebecca Ricks | Human Rights Watch
- Aleksandar Todorović | Bits of Freedom
- Maya Wagoner | Brooklyn Public Library
- Orlando Del Aguila | Majal
- Nasma Ahmed | MPower Change