The internet enables new ways to participate in democracy. It also magnifies the polarisation of societies and the rise of vitriol, hate speech and misinformation. Mozilla executive chairperson, Mitchell Baker discusses how and why we must apply ourselves to the challenge of restoring trust in the internet.
Mitchell Baker , Mozilla Foundation
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser, Firefox OS and other Mozilla products. Mitchell was born and raised in Berkeley, California, receiving her BA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law. Mitchell has been the general manager of the Mozilla project since 1999. She served as CEO of Mozilla until January 2008, when the organization’s rapid growth encouraged her to split her responsibilities and add a CEO. Mitchell remains deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla’s mission.
As Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla, Mitchell continues her commitment to an open, innovative Web and the infinite possibilities it presents. TIME Magazine profiled Mitchell under “Scientists and Thinkers” in its TIME 100 and she has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, BBC’s “HardTalk”, “The Charlie Rose Show” and “CNN Global Office”. Mitchell was honored as winner of the Anita Borg Institute’s 2009 Women of Vision Award and in 2010 she was the recipient of the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership. In 2012, Mitchell was inducted into the founding group of the Internet Society’s Hall of Fame.