The nonprofit Mozilla Foundation believes the internet must always remain a global public resource that is open and accessible to all. Our work is guided by the Mozilla Manifesto.
The direct work of the Mozilla Foundation focuses on making the health of the internet a mainstream issue. We do this by connecting open internet leaders with each other and by mobilizing grassroots activities around the world.
The Foundation is also the sole shareholder in the Mozilla Corporation, the maker of Firefox and other open source tools. Mozilla Corporation functions as a self-sustaining social enterprise – money earned through its products is reinvested into the organization.
Working with people and communities all across Mozilla, the Foundation team is focused on fueling the open internet movement. Our programs are focused in three areas:
1. Shape the agenda.
To unlock the next wave of openness and opportunity on the internet, we need citizens of the web to understand and be ready to address the biggest challenges that face the internet today.
Mozilla has identified five key issues that are critical at this moment in time:
- Privacy and Security
- Open Innovation
- Web Literacy
- Digital Inclusion
2. Connect leaders.
As the internet becomes more embedded in our daily lives, we need a generation of leaders who will build the values of the open internet into all aspects of human society. Our nascent Mozilla Leadership Network finds, connects and provides learning opportunities for leaders like these. It includes a diverse collection of leaders in fields like science, public policy, education and technology.
3. Rally citizens.
Mozilla works with allies to cultivate a global force of tens of millions of people prepared to support the rights of citizens of the web. From advocacy campaigns to grassroots mobilizing, we’re raising awareness and building a community of activists around the world. If we’re successful, internet users will have the knowledge they need to make better choices online everyday. And, in turn, governments and companies will react with better laws and better products.
For a copy of the Mozilla Foundation’s 2020 strategic program plan, please click here.
Products and Technology
Mozilla Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Foundation, makes consumer internet products that advance the same values outlined in the Mozilla Manifesto.
Firefox, our flagship product, gives increased choice, privacy and security to 100s of millions of people around the world. Product exploration initiatives like our ‘connected devices’ program aim to bring more mainstream products with Mozilla values into the world.
Technology initiatives like Rust and Mozilla’s online game centre aim to spread new thinking about open technology across the whole of the internet industry.
The real power behind Mozilla is a global community of 10,000s of volunteers, allies and partners. Members of the Mozilla community participate by doing everything from contributing code to Firefox and teaching digital literacy to translating our software, organizing advocacy campaigns and writing the world’s most referenced web developer site.
Hives are comprised of organizations (libraries, museums, schools and non-profit startups) and individuals (educators, designers, community catalysts and makers). Together, they create opportunities for youth to learn within and beyond the confines of traditional classroom experiences, design innovative practices and tools that build the field for greater impact, and contribute to their own professional development within an active community of practice.
The Hive model is supported by three levels of engagement:
Organizations with shared learning goals unite to provide a fun, engaging event for youth as a first step towards exploring longer-term collaboration.
Hive Learning Communities
Community organizers with an interest in Hive’s core principles come together to begin putting connected learning tools and practices into practice through regular meet-ups and events. Hive Waterloo Region is an official Hive Learning Community.
Hive Learning Networks
Officially designated Learning Networks with an operational budget and staff commit to promoting innovative, open-source learning models in partnership with a communities’ civic and cultural organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs, educators and learners.