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Michelle Thorne (@thornet) is working towards a fossil-free internet. She is the Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the Green Web Foundation and co-founder of the Green Screen Coalition for digital rights and climate justice. She is also a visiting professor at Northumbria University.

She served 12 years at the Mozilla Foundation, most recently as Mozilla’s Sustainable Internet Lead where she helped establish a funder coalition for digital rights and climate justice, and earlier as the founder of the Mozilla Festival. Michelle publishes Branch, an online magazine written by and for people who dream about a sustainable internet, which received the Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanities in 2021. She is also a co-organizer of Open Climate.

At Mozilla, Michelle co-led a PhD program on Open Design of Trust Things (OpenDoTT) with Mozilla and Northumbria University, created the Mozilla Festival, Mozilla’s Open Internet of Things Studio, Ding magazine, and a web literacy program called Maker Party. Prior to that, Michelle managed the Creative Commons international affiliate network from 2007 – 2010. She is a council member of the Billion Seconds Institute, a member of ClimateAction.Tech, a network of tech workers accelerating climate action, and co-founded a sustainable fashion label, Zephyr Berlin.

Find Michelle throughout the web as @thornet: Mastodon, Twitter and Github.

Email: michelle at thegreenwebfoundation dot org

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