Building a Healthy Web to Hand to Future Generations

Mark Surman

Ten years ago, a scrappy group of ten Mozilla staff and thousands of volunteer Mozillians broke up Microsoft’s monopoly on accessing the Web with the release of Firefox 1.0. We won by bringing together a diverse and global community through a shared commitment to a singular goal: to champion the Web as a global public resource, open and accessible to everyone.

The challenges we face now are just as great today as they were a decade ago. The Web has made our lives better, but we are seeing the growth of new empires. A handful of organizations control how we search, how we message each other, where we store our data and how we can access it. This threatens the promise of the Web as an open and trusted resource for all of humanity.

What Mozilla Does to Build the Web We Need

The Mozilla project is dedicated to tackling these challenges. Our community makes Firefox products that are loved and used the world over, all in service of our mission to protect the Web. We are also hard at work teaching thousands more people how to help build the Web, developing innovative open source technologies for others to leverage, protecting individual privacy and establishing technical standards.

Mozilla had total, combined revenue of around $314M last year. That’s a huge amount of money by any measure, except the one we face: the combined strength of our competitors. Last year, Google spent more just on advertising than we spent on everything.

The success of the Mozilla project is the direct result of one thing: contribution. We are a global movement of people who give their time and resources to build, shape, and teach people about the Web we need – open, interoperable, and ours. But we face some very strong challenges. It’s easy for systems to default towards being closed, proprietary, centralized and controlled by a privileged few.

For us to build the Web we want, we need to ship code, launch products, earn revenue and raise funds, establish standards, foster partnerships, engage volunteers, and educate the next generation of open Web warriors. It’s a big task. One that requires all the time and money our incredibly passionate and dedicated community can rally to the cause.

Addressing misconceptions

Reporters and others have taken a look at our financials and not understood the full picture. In particular, some articles have stated that our search revenue is declining and suggested there is a link between our search deals and our philanthropic fundraising campaigns. Neither thing could be further from the truth.

In fact the Project’s finances have remained healthy. Our 2013 revenue results were much higher than our 2011 results and our 2012 results were not a surprise. The increase between 2013 and 2012 was consistent with the contract terms we agreed. We expect similar results in 2014, the final year of our three year contract with Google. Moreover, there is no link between our search deals and our fundraising activities — these two activities are tied to totally different parts of Mozilla’s work.

Sustainability

We think about sustainability differently than many organizations. We think about the sustainability of our mission first. Economic sustainability is important of course, but not the most important element. For us, the core of sustainability means maintaining a healthy project: creating value for people who use the Web; educating people across the Web on how it can enrich their lives; building a community of supporters and volunteers who want to keep the Internet open and strong; and, of course, generating revenue to support all of these activities.

The revenue Mozilla generates includes both fundraising and earned income. In order to clear up any misunderstandings, it’s worth explaining how each of these types of revenue work and how we use the funds we generate.

Our philanthropic revenue includes grants and individual donations. Our partnerships with global foundations, including Knight, MacArthur, and Ford, have brought more than $25M to the mission since 2010. In addition to these larger grants, we connect with our strong and loyal user base who consistently ask how they can contribute and donate to the Web. These community-driven fundraising efforts, which include the appeal currently featured within our Firefox browser, are our fastest growing source of philanthropic dollars, having raised more than $3M across four campaigns since 2011. Funds raised go directly to the Mozilla Foundation and are used to support our education, research and public awareness work.

Our earned income includes the recent search deals we struck with Yahoo, Yandex and Baidu. These agreements represent our largest source of income and provide us with much of the stability, independence and flexibility we need to pursue our mission on a global scale. We are also launching new, mission-driven products and expanding on our current portfolio, including Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux, Firefox for Android, Firefox OS, Content Services and Cloud Services. This revenue is earned by the Mozilla Foundation’s wholly owned subsidiary Mozilla Corporation and is used to fund our product development and marketing efforts.

This revenue is one source of fuel for Mozilla’s efforts to protect the Web as a public resource. As noted above, the funds we generate make products and run programs that advance our mission. However, the much larger driver of Mozilla’s sustainability is the time, talent, and dedication of our global community. More than 120,000 people donated in 2013 and more than 200,000 have given this year. These people do more than just give money, they are showing they support the Web. The same is true of the hundreds of thousands of people who signed onto Mozilla campaigns for net neutrality and other issues over the past few years. And, of course, the 20,000+ volunteers who help build Mozilla products and run Mozilla educational programs do more than just give time — they are the heart and soul of what we do.

These people are all key to our ability to challenge the empires of the Web and to shape where the Web is going. They are core to our sustainability strategy. They are Mozilla.

Mark Surman, Executive Director
Denelle Dixon-Thayer, Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs

Firefox OS Expands to Nearly 30 Countries

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Firefox OS has brought choice to the mobile industry with 14 smartphones offered by 14 operators in 28 countries. Firefox OS unlocks mobile ecosystem participants from the barriers set by proprietary systems, allowing for independence, control and innovation.

Firefox OS phonesMore choices across Asia

  • Cherry Mobile recently introduced the ACE, the first Firefox OS smartphone in the Philippines, and currently the most affordable smartphone in the world.
  • KDDI confirmed it will release a Firefox OS phone in Japan this December.
  • A few weeks ago ALCATEL ONETOUCH introduced an ultra-low-cost Firefox OS smartphone in Bangladesh, adding to the Go Fox 15 already in the market.

Expanded footprint in Latin America

  • With the recent launch of Firefox OS in Costa Rica, Telefónica via Movistar has completed its Firefox OS footprint in Central America. In the past couple of months, Movistar has also started offering the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire C to its customers in Mexico and Chile.
  • Telefónica’s Movistar will soon introduce Firefox OS devices in Argentina.

Momentum in Europe

  • Megafon launched the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire C with Firefox OS in Russia for the first time.
  • Deutsche Telekom via T-Mobile started to sell the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire E in Hungary and the ALCATEL ONETOUCH FIRE C in Montenegro.

New frontiers for Firefox OS

  • JB Hi-Fi introduced the first Firefox OS smartphone in Australia, the ZTE Open C.
  • Firefox OS is soon to expand to Africa with three new key partners: Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom.

More relevant local and global content

  • Firefox OS users can find highly relevant local content in the Firefox Marketplace, now including taxi apps like Taxiforsure in India and OLAcabs, available in India and Bangladesh.
  • Budding entrepreneurs in Bangladesh will enjoy Bikroy, a marketplace app, and those in India, the Philippines and Latin America can take advantage of the OLX classifieds app.
  • European users searching for used cars can look on Autoscout24, the largest online marketplace for cars in Europe, and those in Germany who want a better understanding of a particular product can easily gain it using Barcoo.
  • The Firefox Marketplace now offers even more popular global content like Microsoft apps, including Outlook and Bing Maps, Rdio, Ticketmaster, MyTones, Khan Academy and Kobo.

“When the flexibility of the Web meets the ubiquity of mobile, the boundaries of what can or cannot be done are erased,” said Li Gong, president of Mozilla. “Firefox OS has proven this by re-defining the ultra-low-cost category, now including the lowest-ever priced smartphone. On the other end of the spectrum, we have seen mid-range and will soon see high-end Firefox OS smartphones. This year, Firefox OS has successfully brought different experiences for different people, but has introduced choice for everyone.”

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Mozilla and Telenor Announce WebRTC Competency Center to Advance WebRTC and Help Standardization

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Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) is changing the way people communicate over the Web by enabling developers to more easily integrate real-time communications on websites, mobile Web apps or video conferencing systems. WebRTC makes complex real-time communications technology available to everyone, driving a wave of new communications services that significantly improves user choice.

Together with our partner Telenor we are announcing the creation of the WebRTC Competency Center. The main goal of the center is to evolve the Mozilla WebRTC software stack into the leading WebRTC stack by joining forces with communications industry leaders. These leaders will contribute software engineering, domain knowledge, and other resources into the center. The purpose of this is to ensure WebRTC continues to enable operators and app developers to build innovative communication experiences.

With the IETF now requiring browsers and devices to support both H.264 and VP8 video codecs, and Microsoft recently pledging support for the closely related ORTC standard, WebRTC shows great promise as a universal communications technology across all platforms and devices.

Telenor and future WebRTC Competency Center partners will contribute to the core Mozilla WebRTC stack. With a stake in the development of WebRTC, partners will influence the future direction of the WebRTC standards and help balance the supported and optimized use-cases, for example, the interoperability with Telecom infrastructures (voice/video, codecs, in-net TURN, etc.) and peer-to-peer video conferencing. As the Mozilla WebRTC stack is open source, developers are free to integrate it into their products and services.

“At Mozilla we’re focused on advancing the Web as a platform for innovation and we see WebRTC having the potential to power all communications over the Web,” said Andreas Gal, CTO of Mozilla. “As one of the early pioneers of WebRTC, we’re excited to be partnering with Telenor to establish this competency center to build WebRTC into a universal technology that everyone can easily integrate into their products.”

The focus areas of the WebRTC Competency Center will be set jointly by its partners on a yearly basis and will initially have locations in Mountain View, CA, and Oslo, Norway.

Here’s what some of the early partners had to say about the WebRTC Competency Center:

“Telenor is committed to invest in new communication technologies, and views WebRTC as a great opportunity for innovation. We are very excited about expanding our partnership with Mozilla, and hosting the new WebRTC Competency Center in Oslo. Our engineers have been working with WebRTC for more than 2 years already, and we hope our contribution can bring WebRTC one step closer to becoming a widespread communication standard. In Oslo there is already a cluster of companies working with WebRTC, and we hope to include them in the work of the center.” – Rolv-Erik Spilling, CEO Telenor Digital

“Cisco’s collaboration with Mozilla to break down the barriers to WebRTC adoption has resulted in many key firsts – WebRTC calls using OpenH264 integrated into Firefox between browsers as well as between Firefox and existing video hardware on Cisco’s Project Squared. We look forward to the more knowledgeable implementers of WebRTC technology that will be created by Mozilla’s launching of the WebRTC Competency Center with Telenor.” – Jonathan Rosenberg, CTO, Cisco Collaboration

For questions about how to get involved or join the WebRTC Competency Center email webrtc-cc@mozilla.com or oslowebrtc@telenordigital.com.

Mozilla Joins Hour of Code

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For the second year in a row, Mozilla is a partner in the Hour of Code, and we hope you’ll join us.

This  campaign launched in 2013, to align with Computer Science Education Week, and to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics. While we’re surrounded by technology and the web in our daily lives, few people understand how it all works. In our mission to protect the open web as a global resource for all, we must educate others about how and why the web exists, but also how the web is a creative platform with endless possibilities and opportunities now and for our future.

Last  year, 15 million students  participated in the Hour of Code. It was  supported by education and technology leaders like Amazon.com, Yahoo! and Boys & Girls Club of America, as well as celebrities and teachers from school districts across the globe. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million students, to introduce them to one hour of computer science as an entry point to learning about computational thinking, problem-solving, and to nurture their creativity on new  platforms. 

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Mozilla Now Accepts Bitcoin

Geoffrey MacDougall

Mozilla is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting openness, accessibility and innovation on the Web. Our work is made possible by thousands of people around the world contributing in many ways, such as volunteering or making a donation.

For some time, Mozilla supporters have asked for the ability to donate using bitcoin. We are finally able to fulfill that request.

Beginning today, we accept bitcoin as one of the many ways people can choose to support Mozilla.

We are joining a growing list of merchants and organizations now accepting bitcoin, including Khan Academy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, United Way, Greenpeace, and Wikimedia Foundation.

If  you would like to donate bitcoin to the Mozilla Foundation, please visit this link which is the home of our secure Coinbase form. Coinbase is a bitcoin wallet and payment processor, which allows us to securely and immediately convert bitcoin to U.S. dollars.

We want to thank all our volunteers, supporters and donors for everything that you do for Mozilla. Together, we’re keeping the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web.

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First Firefox OS Smartphones Available in the Philippines

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Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is happy to announce that Cherry Mobile will launch the first Firefox OS smartphone in the Philippines in the coming days. Cherry Mobile will offer the customizable and affordable Firefox OS smartphone – ACE – to their customers providing unique Web experiences through its open source mobile OS. Moreover, key app providers including Easy Taxi and OLX will partner with Mozilla to enrich Firefox Marketplace and expand the Firefox OS ecosystem in the Philippines. Continue reading …

Celebrating Choice, Control and Independence On the Web

Chris Beard

CHOOSE FIREFOXTen years ago, we made Firefox to keep the Internet in each of our hands — to create choice and put you in control of your life online.

Today, we invite you to stand with us for an Internet that belongs to everyone. And no one.

Birthdays are a time to reflect on past accomplishments. And ours – yours – was huge: we helped save the Internet. We saved the Internet by not accepting the status quo, by not allowing corporate interests to acquire a stranglehold on our online lives. At the time, Microsoft dominated the Web. It was becoming stagnant, locked down and shaped by the vision of one company rather than the creativity of all. Firefox changed that. Continue reading …

Celebrating 10 Years of Firefox

Johnathan Nightingale

10 years ago we built Firefox to give you a choice. The Web was a monoculture and the only way in was through the company that controlled your operating system. We believed then, and so did many of you, that the Web deserved an independent alternative. Today hundreds of millions of people trust Firefox because they understand that we’re different; that our independence lets us put you first.

As part of our anniversary, we’re excited to announce a special release of Firefox with new features that put you in control. Continue reading …

Firefox OS Ecosystem To Expand To Africa With Support From New Partners

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FirefoxOS_for_press_releaseMozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is pleased to announce that Firefox OS will soon expand to Africa. The Firefox OS ecosystem has gained support from three new key partners in the region: Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom, are the first carriers working with Mozilla to soon bring first Firefox OS smartphones to Africa.

“We are proud to see that with Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, Firefox OS gains additional support to soon extend the Firefox OS footstep into Africa”, says Rick Fant, Mozilla’s VP Planning and Ecosystem. “The continued growth of Firefox OS holds great promise for enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost, while helping to remove control points in today’s closed mobile ecosystems.”

Firefox OS is the first device platform built entirely to open Web standards, with every feature developed as an HTML5 application. Its flexibility, scalability and powerful customization empowers users, developers and industry partners to create customized mobile experiences.

As of today, Firefox OS has launched with local partners in 25 markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. With the upcoming move into the African region, Firefox OS will soon be available on five continents.

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