Rapid Virtual Meeting Prototyping in the Age of a Pandemic

Read the full post on Mozilla Foundation’s blog.

The public health crisis surrounding COVID-19 has escalated the need to create environments online for productive, collaborative, and spontaneous community work and convenings. And in many ways, the approaches and practices we’re experimenting with now will serve as a foundation for improved virtual collaboration well into the future.

With that in mind, we wanted to share some learnings from a recent summit for 25+ Mozilla Fellows from all over the world that we had to move online in a very short timeframe (10 days to be exact). In this post, we’ll share:

  • things we considered as we were having to switch gears quickly
  • how we engaged with our community of participants and collaborators in that process, and
  • things we learned as a result of this virtual event experiment.

While this is an example of a rapid prototype for putting on a virtual convening for participants from multiple time zones around the world, many of the things we learned are applicable to events being planned without the same time constraints.

Read the full post on Mozilla Foundation’s blog.


Underexposed: Building a Movement for Secure UX

Last week Simply Secure hosted a pilot workshop called Underexposed. A small group came together in San Francisco to Share successes and challenges in secure user experiences Describe processes and wishes for successful collaboration between designers, developers, and security professionals Prioritize the most important topics and audiences for outreach. We also held participant-proposed breakout sessions on topics ranging from “Making a Living” to “Privacy-Preserving User Research Metrics.” You can download a pdf of photos capturing the post it notes from the sessions.

Video Roundup

It’s always great to attend security and privacy conferences in person. But in cases where you have to miss an event, online videos of the talks can be a great way to stay current with the ongoing conversation. Art, Design, and The Future of Privacy As I promised back in September, the videos of the event we co-hosted with DIS Magazine at Pioneer Works are available online. The DIS blog had a great writeup with summaries of the different panels, and you can find transcripts over at Open Transcripts.

Notes from the Internet Freedom Festival

I really enjoyed my time at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain. I was inspired and humbled to meet so many talented people as part of a global event about internet freedom. From powerful conversations about privilege to UX design jam sessions, it was a great week. With more than 600 people registered and 160+ sessions, there was more terrific discussion than I could be part of, but here are some themes that stuck with me.