Mozilla exists to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Internet. We’ve been doing it for 15 years and the following 15 facts offer a look at who we are, including some of our biggest achievements and milestones. But in some ways we’re just getting started, exploring new technology, entering new areas and reaching new users every day.
Building a better world — one where users have control over their personal data and the freedom to create and to consume content without overzealous restrictions — means building a better Web, together.
2012 was an incredible year for Mozilla. We mobilized. We did a better job than I have ever seen us do identifying the places where we needed to have impact, and then we focused and delivered. There’s a lot for us all to be proud of in 2012; I’ve gathered up a few of my favourites.
Internet governance is a big, international issue. There is an amazing and diverse collection of opinions around what our governments should decide when they gather at the ITU meeting in Dubai in December. This Popcorn Maker project helps us—the web—speak in one voice while celebrating the plurality of languages and viewpoints that make the web such an amazing place to be.
To do that, we’re launching an experiment: in collaboration with Access Now and Fight for the Future, we’ve cut a short video that explains the ITU and why it’s important that our voices be heard. But this is no ordinary video—we’ve loaded the ITU activism video into Mozilla Popcorn Maker, where you’ll be able to easily personalize, remix, and share the content of the video.
Try these ideas out:
1. Translate the video into your local language
2. Change the tone or content of the message
3. Customize the call to action
When you’re finished, click ‘Share’ to get a link or embed code you can add to your site or share with your friends.
The Internet has always been guided forwards by collaborative, open approaches. We believe that these approaches are one of the reasons why the web has become and remained the wonderful, powerful and empowering place we know today. In the coming weeks, this successful model of governing and shaping the future of the web will be at risk.
On December 3rd, nations from around the world will be meeting in Dubai for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), a meeting of the ITU. These governments will be meeting behind closed doors to determine if an old treaty will be amended to allow countries the power to more fully regulate and control the structure of the web.
Whether the Internet is regulated by governmental treaties via the ITU and to what extent, is a vitally critical question. In fact it is so critical it can’t be done behind closed doors. The Internet as we know it today is just too fundamental to our lives to leave it to governments to decide its fate
Mozilla’s mission is to promote openess, innovation and opportunity on the web. We do this first and foremost by building great products. But, as any Mozillian knows — the story is much more than the latest release or coolest hack. The Internet depends critically on a human network of communities and relationships, and Mozilla builds movements that strengthen the web.
The resources we are making available today will give you everything you need to learn about the upcoming meeting and why it matters, craft an effective message to get your government to listen, and engage in the global conversation about how decisions about the future of the web should be made.
Unnati was asked to make a webpage for an exhibition and as expected she simply rocked :-) Here is the link https://thimble.webmaker.org/p/2c0 ! I am sure you all will love it ! To make the things more interesting , I asked Unnati to try with her school if she can do a mozparty in her school with her friends. She got the permission and will be hosting a Mozparty day after tomorrow. Also, I have sent her few mozparty and Firefox goodies by courier to make her event more awesome :-) “
We are wildly impressed with the both of them! Congratulations, Unnati!
Introducing the 2012 Mozilla Festival: making, freedom and the web
Join us for three days of inspired making, learning and celebration in London. Today we’re extremely proud to launch the new 2012 Mozilla Festival web site — and invite you to join usNovember 9-11 in London, UK.
“We want everyone to tap the full creative power of the web. The Mozilla Festival is a magnet for people interested in learning about — and playing with — the web’s future.” –Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla
Gathering educators, youth, coders, gamers, media-makers and you
This year’s Mozilla Festival will gather more than 800 passionate people with diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. The goal: push the frontiers of the open web, learn together, and make things that can change the world.
Coders, designers, journalists and educators will join with filmmakers, gamers, makers and youth from more than 40 different countries. Together they’ll participate in a series of design challenges, learning labs and fireside chats spread across four floors of the Ravensbourne design and media campus in East London.
For anyone following the story of one of our most inspiring MozReps, Gauthramraj Elango, we’re very happy to share this wonderful creation by Unnati, the little girl who got stuck, asked for help, and met a virtual ‘Alice’ to help her finish her project.
We’re very impressed with them both and believe they deserve our strongest Kudos.
People often ask: Where did Mozilla Webmaker come from? And, how does it fit into the big picture of Mozilla’s mission? There are loads of materials online that answer these questions. I figured I should create a ‘reading’ list for would be web makers that pulls together some of the main threads. Here it is.
This video is a great place to start. In 3 minutes, you get primer on how Mozilla used Firefox to keep the web alive and on where we are headed next with mobile and web literacy. The main take away: Mozilla is a global community of people creates compelling products and experiences that build openness into the internet. This is an important foundational idea to get. It’s how Mozilla thinks about itself.
Solve @gauthamrajela’s ‘Alice Puzzle’ project & read the inspiring story behind its creation.
Excerpt from The Power of Contribution, by Laura Hilliger:
Michelle picked up the thread:
“Great recommendation, Laura. I’d also like to introduce Gauthamraj, copied in this email, a Rep from Mozilla India. He’s already organized a lot of Summer Code Parties and has helped a number of people get started with webmaker projects. He might have some ideas for supporting Unnati.”
But Gauthamraj had more than ideas. First, he assumed the identity of Alice because Unnati had mentioned not understanding the Inanimate Alice project. He asked Unnati to respond using Thimble.
Zainab Oni is part of the MOUSE Corps and is also a summer intern with Hive NYC. She is a teen news contributor to the Huffington Post, and hopes to go to M.I.T. to study electrical and computer engineering. She is also featured in Mozilla’s ‘Meet the Webmakers’ Video.
Technology isn’t something that I really expressed an interest in until recently. As a matter of fact, the word “technology” didn’t become a part of my vocabulary until I became a student at Hudson High School of Learning Technologies. I started to really notice the involvement of technology in our/my world when my high school informed the students that we were to use laptops as learning tools in classrooms rather than traditional textbooks. I thought my principal was crazy at first (no offense) but as time passed, I became more interested and involved in technology. Using the Internet started to mean more than just social media and it started involving research, online classes and creating and sharing what we made. I started using different tools on the web such as JayCut, Glogster, Prezi, K12, etc.
Since I began to develop interest in technology, I decided to join the MOUSE Squad in my school. It’s a group of students that serve as in-house technicians for the school, helping with daily tech maintenance and troubleshooting wireless and equipment issues. Gradually, I started getting into creating and designing technology, which inevitably led to webmaking. Earlier this year, I was also trained on how to use and teach others about X-Ray Goggles, a web tool that allows people to “hack” or remix a website by letting you see what web pages are made of and then putting in your own text and images. This was when I first started thinking about how to not only use the web, but to start making the web. From then on, I just basically started grabbing every opportunity I could to develop and gather more skills as a webmaker.