WITNESS is extremely excited to announce open-source investigator Gabriela Ivens as our first ever Mozilla Fellow!

Mozilla Fellowships provide resources, tools, community, and amplification to those building a more humane digital world. During their tenure, Fellows use their skill sets — in technology, in advocacy, in law — to design products, run campaigns, influence policy and ultimately lay the groundwork for a more open and inclusive internet.

Mozilla Fellows hail from a range of disciplines and geographies: They are policymakers in Kenya, journalists in Brazil, engineers in Germany, privacy activists in the United States, and data scientists in the Netherlands. Fellows work on individual projects, but also collaborate on cross-disciplinary solutions to the internet’s biggest challenges. Fellows are awarded competitive compensation and benefits.

Gabriela will be working with our Tech+Advocacy team where she will be working on issues around the safe, ethical, and effective use of video in documenting human rights violations.

During the Fellowship, Gabriela will be focusing on a number of areas including emerging technologies for human rights documentation and the effects of policy and engineering decisions by technology companies – such as content takedowns of information – that is, or could be, societally important.

Her work will provide a greater level of understanding of the impact tech companies have on civil society and human rights defenders. Before becoming a Fellow, Gabriela worked at Syrian Archive, a group working on preserving visual documentation of the Syrian conflict, and has been working on open source investigations since 2015. She holds a master’s degree from University College London in Human Rights.


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