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Rosana Ardila is a Senior Open Innovation Manager at Mozilla. A sociologist with over 10 years of experience in the technology industry and in depth knowledge of open source. Currently she is leading open innovation efforts focused on products, data and machine learning at Mozilla.

Rosana has worked with open source communities for years, starting with the OpenOffice community and then leading Mozilla's global volunteer communities and programs. She designed programs and processes for Mozilla's global distributed volunteer community and travelled extensively helping communities on the ground develop their leadership and build their collaborative teams in service of the Mozilla mission.

She has also served as a catalyst for ope innovation experiments and efforts at Mozilla, leading crossfunctional teams to tackle complex problems in collaborative ways: through partnerships, consortia, volunteer communities and crowdsourcing. Currently her focus is around data and what is needed to build collaborative and shared data sets that enable open machine learning models and communities to thrive.

Rosana is passionate about making technology serve people and communities and empowering individuals and communities to take control of their digital experiences. She's also passionate about music and languages – if you want to get in touch with her, there’s a good chance you can do it in your native language as she speaks Spanish, English, German, French and Italian fluently.

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Keynote speaker


'Critical engagement with technology'

Technology is increasingly facilitating most human relationships and taking over spaces that were previously regulated by institutions, traditions, and humans. In that context what is the responsability of the people desiging technology? How can we start understanding the opportunities and risks in a thoughtful and responsible way?

Data becomes a central element in the design of services and products, as it both tracks behaviour but also train machine learning algorithms. But what role does that invisible layer play? And what is happening to what we previously thought to be human?

Rosana's talk will cover some of the ethical concerns and offer ways to critically engage with the current use of technology in services. It will also showcase some of the current approaches to do better and shape the field ethically.

Thursday, September 10, 10:15 - 10:45

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