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Mozilla: Art and Advocacy Exploring Artificial Intelligence

Deadline: July 6, 2018

Mozilla Art and Advocacy Exploring Artificial Intelligence will support technologists and media makers who help the public understand how threats to a healthy internet affect their everyday lives. It seeks projects that explore artificial intelligence and machine learning. In a world where biased algorithms, skewed data sets, and broken recommendation engines can radicalize YouTube users, promote racism, and spread fake news, it is more important than ever to support artwork and advocacy work that educates and engages internet users. Awards through this program are part of the NetGain Partnership, a collaboration between Mozilla, Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the Open Society Foundation. The goal of this philanthropic collaboration is to advance the public interest in the digital age.

Proposed projects should be accessible to broad audiences and native to the internet, from videos and games to browser extensions and data visualizations. Projects that are at either the conceptual or prototype phases will be considered. All projects must be freely available online and suitable for a non-expert audience. Projects must also respect users’ privacy. In the past, Mozilla has supported creative media projects like:

  • Data Selfie, an open-source browser add-on that simulates how Facebook interprets users’ data
  • Chupadados, a mix of art and journalism that examines how women and non-binary individuals are tracked and surveilled online
  • Paperstorm, a web-based advocacy game that lets users drop digital leaflets on cities — and, in the process, tweet messages to lawmakers
  • Codemoji, a tool for encoding messages with emoji and teaching the basics of encryption
  • Privacy Not Included, a holiday shopping guide that assesses the latest gadgets’ privacy and security features

Amount: A total of $225,000 is available to make the following awards:

  • Two $50,000 prize packages ($47,500 award + $2,500 MozFest travel stipend)
  • Five $25,000 total prize packages ($22,500 award + $2,500 MozFest travel stipend)

Eligibility: No limitations are indicated.

Link: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/06/04/mozilla-announces-225000-for-art-and-advocacy-exploring-artificial-intelligence/

Note: Awardees will join a day-long symposium at MozFest House to share best practices and case studies in media related to Artificial Intelligence and The Quantified Society. MozFest takes place October 23-28, 2018 in London and participation is required for Creative Media awardees. A travel stipend will be provided as part of each awardee prize package.

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