Michelle Thorne

Main focus: Fossil-free Internet

Twitter handle: @thornet

Websites/blogs: http://michellethorne.cc/ , thegreenwebfoundation.org , branch.climateaction.tech

Languages: German, English

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Topics: digital rights, open source, internet

Services: Talk, Moderation, Workshop management, Consulting, Coaching, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.


Michelle Thorne (@thornet) is working towards a fossil-free internet. She is a senior advisor to the Green Web Foundation after 12 years at the Mozilla Foundation, where she served as Sustainable Internet Lead and established a catalyst fund for digital rights and climate justice. 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 and co-led a PhD program on Open Design of Trust Things (OpenDoTT) with Mozilla and Northumbria University.

Michelle founded the Mozilla Festival, Mozilla’s Open Internet of Things Studio, Ding magazine, and a web literacy program called Maker Party. 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.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

re:publica 22: Frictionless Planet
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We are calling all organisations to activate the power of open knowledge and data to solve the climate crisis.

This talk is in: English