Mozilla Showcases First Year of Success with Firefox OS at Mobile World Congress 2014

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The only independent smartphone OS to launch in multiple countries will demonstrate the next generation of its HTML5-based platform.

San Francisco, February 18, 2014Mozilla is pleased to confirm it will be attending, exhibiting and speaking at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year Firefox OS will take its place in Hall 3 of the Fira Gran Via, alongside major operators and device manufacturers.

Mozilla’s booth at MWC 2014

The advantage of Firefox OS is that it is built to completely open Web standards. With this it has garnered significant industry support since it was introduced at MWC 2013. Devices have quickly commanded market share in Latin America and gone on sale in 14 markets including nine in Europe, with four operators and three handset manufacturers. Its flexibility allows for easy customization to meet the unique needs of a localized customer base who are ready to move from feature phones to smartphones.

Mozilla will also be demonstrating the latest builds of the following products at stand 3C30 in Hall 3:

· Firefox Marketplace: An open environment combining top tier and hyper-local apps that leverages the scale of the Web for users and developers
· Firefox for Android: A customizable solution for integration with 3rd party services, partner distribution and connecting with other people and devices

Schedule of Events:
In addition to demonstrating the current releases of Firefox OS hardware, on devices from ZTE, TCL, and LG, Mozilla also will have advance previews of the next Firefox OS user experience for smartphones. Mozilla and its content publishing partners (including LINE, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Napster, Aviary, Soundcloud, Pinterest and Evernav) will demonstrate the HTML5 apps that deliver the content and performance that users expect from a smartphone device. Away from the stand, Mozilla will participate at the following events:

‘The Future of Voice’
Panel

Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich will take part in the panel discussing the latest strategies and technologies driving the changes in voice-based services across the industry. What will be the impact of the move to an all-IP future for voice services? What will new services like VoLTE, WebRTC and HD Voice do for consumers and will they be a point of differentiation for operators?
Date: Wednesday, 26th February, 14:00-15:30 CET
Location: Auditorium 2

‘Mobile and Privacy: Building Trust Through Transparency, Choice and Control’
Seminar

Mozilla Chief Privacy Officer Alex Fowler will contribute to a seminar discussing the role of mobile OS in providing privacy choices, the emergence of app privacy regulation and what it means for business, and location analytics and privacy. Find out what Mozilla and Deutsche Telekom have been doing together to provide good user privacy experiences.
Date: Thursday, 27th February, 11:00-13:00 CET
Location: GSMA Seminar Theater 2, CC1.5, near Hall 1 entrance

More information
Please visit Mozilla and experience Firefox OS in Hall 3, stand 3C30, at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona from February 24-27, 2014.
Mozilla will also have a selection of executive-level spokespeople attending the show.
To learn more about Mozilla at MWC, please visit: http://www.mozilla.org/mwc
For further details or to schedule a meeting at the show please contact press@mozilla.com.
For additional resources, such as high-resolution images and b-roll video, visit: https://blog.mozilla.org/press.

About Mozilla
Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than 15 years. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, half a billion people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers, tablets and mobile devices. With Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla is driving a mobile ecosystem built entirely on open Web standards, freeing mobile providers, manufacturers, developers and consumers from the limitations and restrictions imposed by proprietary platforms. For more information, visit www.mozilla.org.

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Pearson, edX, Educational Testing Service, Workforce.io, and more to align with the Open Badge standard

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Today, we’re proud to announce a number of major educational and workforce development organizations including Pearson, edX, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Workforce.io and more have committed to adopting the Open Badges standard.

This news was announced today at the Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning in Redwood City, CA, where more than 250 people have gathered to discuss how to recognize achievements, competencies, and skills wherever and however they are learned.

There are now more than 2000 organizations issuing badges that align with the Open Badges standard. Mozilla is supporting this growth through the release of BadgeKit, an out-of-the-box offering for organizations looking to issue and recognize badges. Additionally, we’re very excited about the creation of the Badge Alliance, a new network of organizations that are committed to developing and growing a badge ecosystem with shared values including openness, giving learners agency, and innovation; to be headed by Mozilla’s Open Badges pioneer, Erin Knight.

Mozilla first began working on the Open Badges project with the MacArthur Foundation and the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) in 2011 as an attempt to create a universal way of recognizing the learning that happens everywhere — both inside and outside of the classroom. Though others had previously explored this idea, it was the “open” part that made Open Badges so unique; by keeping the tech and infrastructure open source, we ensured that we weren’t just creating more silos, but rather building the foundation of an ecosystem to foster and recognize the holistic way we now learn.

We’re excited that these new education and workforce organizations will be joining the ecosystem, and anticipate the arrival of additional major partners in the months to come. Read the details below, and follow along what’s happening at the Open Badges Summit on Twitter with #SRL14.

Introducing new partners who committed to align with the Open Badges standard and integrate badges into their work:

  • Pearson: Pearson has launched Acclaim, an enterprise-class Open Badge platform built to support the world’s most prestigious credentialing organizations and post-secondary academic institutions.
  • edX: edX pledges to work with its open-source community, Open edX, and Mozilla to implement a badges system for the approximately 2 million edX students to showcase their completion of edX classes.
  • Educational Testing Service: ETS pledges to continue to provide effective and efficient tools to measure student learning outcomes and student success through assessments such as the ETS® Proficiency Profile and iSkillsTM assessment, using Open Badges to capture and showcase student learning outcomes assessments so that test takers have yet one more way to provide evidence of their skills to academia and beyond.
  • Workforce.io: Workforce.io pledges to create an online platform that utilizes job skill badges & video content as a new common language for the entry level & middle skill jobs to connect the employer, job seeker and trainer with this new language and re-align today’s workforce.
  • Council for Aid to Education and ProExam: Professional Examination Service pledges to partner with the Council for Aid to Education to issue Open Badges for the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) and College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+).
  • Afterschool Alliance: The Afterschool Alliance pledges to work with Mozilla and five Statewide Afterschool Networks to offer open badges to youth and adult workforce in afterschool and summer programs.

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Revenue Diversification the Mozilla Way

Denelle Dixon-Thayer

As a Mozillian, I’m proud that each new product discussion begins by asking whether it creates value to our users. It is a part of who we are and is what makes us different. Our initiatives are always aimed at maximizing our mission of making the Web open and accessible. Revenue is an important, but secondary, consideration, because our continued sustainability helps us to stay relevant and innovative.

Last year, some extremely talented and creative Mozillians set out to determine where we could add value and diversify our revenue opportunities. Revenue diversification isn’t a requirement because our search partnerships are strong and provide value to our users, to our partners and to Mozilla. Diversification is a choice for us, but just as diversity is central to a healthy Web, revenue diversity is central to a healthy project.

Diversification in and of itself is not hard as there are many things that other companies and projects do to bring in revenue. However, because we are Mozilla, that isn’t how we approached the question. Instead, we evaluated each potential initiative against three criteria:

  1. Does it put the user at the center and deliver value to them?

  2. Is there alignment with our mission?

  3. Does it generate revenue?

So – diversifying the “Mozilla Way” requires us to carefully consider user value first, and allows us to discard an initiative even if it has the potential of being lucrative if the initiative doesn’t satisfy the first two criteria.  Any of our diversification initiatives must include rigorous attention to “getting it right for the user”, as user satisfaction is fundamental.

Our choice to consider and test the Directory Tiles project is an example of this analysis.  The Directory Tiles project was created in response to the behavior of “frequently visited” tiles when Firefox is first installed – namely, new users see blank tiles on the “new tab” page because they haven’t built up their browser history. Our current vision of the project introduces content (including sponsored content) into the tiles on the “new tab” page. You can find out more here. In keeping with our criteria, as we develop the project we will ask ourselves whether the content resonates with our users and is valuable to them.

The process of seeking new ways to diversify has only further solidified my belief in our Manifesto – we will respect our users, stay on mission, and still generate revenue.  Mitchell also provided context on how we approach this. Mozilla is about the world coming together to build a better Web.  We work on these initiatives in the open, and welcome your feedback as they progress.

How We’re Making Education More Like the Web

Mark Surman

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ReconnectLearningToday, as we hold a historic badge summit, the Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning, in Redwood City with more than 300 people, I wanted to reflect on why Mozilla got involved in badges, and what it is we’re building.

Mozilla never set out to disrupt the education system.

But, as anyone who’s ever experienced the spark of online knowledge will tell you, the way we recognize learning is desperately outdated. It’s time we rethink the idea that awarding credentials should be limited to educational institutions.

Today, thanks to the web, anyone with an internet connection has access to an unprecedented wealth of information. Free resources, tutorials and classes are providing opportunities to millions of learners around the globe. Entire online communities have sprung up, dedicated to helping individuals teach and learn.

Now we’re faced with an intriguing question: How do we recognize and award this new way of learning?
That’s what Mozilla set out to answer when we started work with the MacArthur Foundation and the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) in 2011. Looking to build a standardized way we could recognize the education that happens everywhere, together we developed the Open Badges infrastructure — a badge interchange standard and a collection of open source software for issuing and sharing badges — to create one holistic view of an individual’s learning, skills and experience.

Ultimately, a badge is just one credential, one assertion of what we know. But, added together from different contexts across society, they tell a story about us that’s backed by a lot of people, and says, “this is what I can do.”

Building a digital badge infrastructure that’s open also allows Mozilla to help shape how we value learning in the internet era —building our values of openness and decentralization into the education system itself.

In just 3 short years, major education organizations and employers like Blackboard, the Clinton Global Initiative and Moodle have adopted the Open Badges standard, with more groups expected to join their ranks later this week.

Now, we’re focusing our efforts on two main areas: the BadgeKit software stack and web literacy badges tied to Mozilla’s Webmaker project. Together, these will make it easier for people to deploy Open Badges and will set up Mozilla as a shining example of badges in action.

BadgeKit is an out-of-the-box toolkit that allows anyone—organization or individual— to start issuing and recognizing badges. If the Open Badge infrastructure is our Gecko, providing the underlying plumbing for shaping standards around our vision of the web, then BadgeKit is our Firefox, making the badge system easy to adopt and access for millions of people. And, since BadgeKit is open source, users can use it to build their own tools and customizations that still align with the common standard.

Web literacy badges represent Mozilla’s first large-scale attempt at putting the credentials into practice. Issued through the Webmaker project, these badges will create pathways to web literacy — an understanding of the mechanics, culture, and citizenship of the web. We’re particularly excited about badging web literacy because it represents a way of recognizing learning about the web that’s of the web.

To bolster the broader badging ecosystem through distributed leadership, we’re working with MacArthur Foundation and others to establish the Badge Alliance. Operating independently of Mozilla, the Badge Alliance will be a network of technologists, designers, researchers and thinkers committed to moving the badge ecosystem forward by working collaboratively together. We’re proud that Mozilla’s Open Badges pioneer, Erin Knight, has been chosen to lead this new organization.

The web has usurped the traditional idea of how we acquire an education, and we now have limitless pathways to self-driven knowledge and a seamless connection with other people who can help us learn. Open Badges is a concrete way of capturing and recognizing what we learn in all parts of our lives. We’re announcing the Badge Alliance at today’s Summit, to continue to grow the ecosystem, as the more organizations and employers who participate, the more robust this system will become.

Learn more about Open Badges and help us shape the future of learning.

Introducing Mozilla Firefox Accounts

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Mozilla is a trusted organization, founded on a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. We move the Web forward as a platform for developers and the industry by building technology in the open to evolve and promote standards that benefit everyone. We are dedicated to delivering fun, powerful, rich, innovative products that people love and that not only put the user first, but embody the values of our mission.

When we started building Firefox OS we knew we’d learn a lot about how the Web would need to evolve to become an even better mobile platform. We also knew our products, and our organization, would need to grow to take on new challenges and opportunities as we launched the first wave of Firefox OS devices into the market.

Last year, we created a new team at Mozilla to explore one specific area of the Web that’s grown with the explosion of mobile devices — the cloud (sometimes called Internet services). As a pioneer of the Web (and the cloud that it enables) for more than 15 years, Mozilla has always been at the forefront of cloud services – from optimizing how to download and update software like the Firefox browser and our integrated add-ons platform, to more recently integrating Firefox Sync, social features, WebRTC and more.

While we’ve worked to offer services that deliver value and put users and developers in control of their Web experiences, we’ve never had a simple way for you to sign up and sign in to access these integrated services across our products.

Today, we’re introducing Firefox Accounts as a safe and easy way for you to create an account that enables you to sign in and take your Firefox with you anywhere. With Firefox Accounts, we can better integrate services into your Web experience, like the new Firefox Sync.

Firefox Sync enables you to take your browsing data like passwords, bookmarks, history, and open tabs across devices, just as it always has. But now we’ve made it even easier to setup the service and add multiple devices, while still delivering the same browser-based encryption.

If you have Firefox Aurora, you can test the experimental new Firefox Accounts and Firefox Sync. We are working on the best Firefox Sync experience and we’re eager to hear feedback and get the service ready for the world to enjoy.

We are excited to explore what new services and features we can build for you to experience in Firefox. We’ll share more on Firefox Accounts and other services like Firefox Sync soon.

Mark Mayo and Cloud Services Team

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Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund: Supporting Local Innovation in Chattanooga and Kansas City.

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Exploring the potential of advanced networks

Today we’re proud to announce the launch of the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund—a project in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Ignite, that will support local innovators in Chattanooga and Kansas City as they build real-life open source applications for gigabit networks.

The Fund will help transform these cities into “living laboratories” for experimentation and development of public benefit uses for gigabit technologies. Mozilla will establish Hive Learning Communities in Chattanooga and Kansas City, similar to its Hive Learning Networks in NYC, Chicago, Toronto and Pittsburgh, where organizations collaborate around shared goals in digital learning and making, and economic opportunities.

The Gigabit Community Fund follows the Mozilla Ignite Apps Challenge program, which supported 22 teams working on gigabit app prototypes across the country. The new $300,000 fund aims to bring discoveries out of the lab and into the field to help move prototypes to Minimum Viable Pilots and get tools in the hands of users. In each city, two, 12-week pilot periods will run, with up to 10 projects receiving awards between $5,000 and $30,000.

“Gigabit networks have the potential to change how we live, work, learn and interact on the web, much like the the switch from dial-up to broadband did,” says Mark Surman, Executive Director of Mozilla. “The educators, developers, students and other inventive thinkers in these leading gigabit economies have a unique opportunity to help shape the web of the future, in ways that can help us all know more, do more and do better.”

The Fund will support applications that are rooted in the local community, and that are pragmatic, deployable in the near term, have measurable impact, and are re-usable and shareable with others.

The official announcements are being made at kick-off events in both cities: today in Chattanooga and on Feb. 13 in Kansas City. At each event, representatives from Mozilla, NSF and the Department of Education will be joined by city mayors and other local organizations to learn about the program and begin to formulate potential collaborations and projects.

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Firefox Adds New Social Partners

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Firefox is built for how you use the Web and we’ve been working on ways to expand our social integration in Firefox to quickly and easily connect you with your friends and family. Last year, we launched with Facebook as the first Firefox social integration partner and soon after we added Cliqz, and Mixi. Today, we are happy to offer more social integration options for you to choose from in Firefox.

New providers you can integrate with Firefox include:

Delicious:
With Delicious for Firefox, you can quickly share links to your Delicious network from wherever you are on the Web. Delicious saves and organizes all your favorite content while you surf the Web – and now you can easily find that content in the Firefox sidebar. To activate Delicious for Firefox, visit the tools section of your Delicious account, found here.

Delicious

Saavn:
Saavn, a popular music player in India, is now available to integrate into Firefox. Saavn for Firefox gives you easy access to your favorite Bollywood and other favorite Indian music while browsing the Web. With the Saavn sidebar in Firefox, you can see a music feed of top songs regionally, newest album releases, popular playlists and the most popular radio stations. Saavn users can activate Saavn for Firefox by clicking here.

Saavn

We are excited about new social and service integration with Firefox to make your entire Web experience as seamless as possible. We look forward to introducing more exciting services into your Firefox experience.

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Restore Trust on the Web

Alex Fowler

Today is Data Privacy Day, an international holiday that raises awareness and promotes education for managing our personal information online. We celebrate this day every year, but its purpose has never felt as important for all Internet users as it does this year. In the 12 months since the last Data Privacy Day, the news has been filled with wave after wave of Privacy Firstrevelations on how governmental and commercial organizations have abused data privacy to conduct surveillance and track individuals’ activity across the Web.

The full extent of these abuses is still being revealed, but the collective impact is already clear: trust in the Web is suffering. We know that the Web can empower people across classes, cultures and languages, and create unparalleled opportunities for economic prosperity. But if people can’t trust what happens to their information and activity on the Web – whether on laptops, phones or other devices – they’ll be less inclined to engage with the Web at all, and go to great lengths to isolate their data. The resulting balkanization would irreparably harm the Internet, and have massive economic consequences.

All of that sounds pretty terrible, right? That’s why Mozilla is doing everything in our power to create a more trusted online environment, so the Web can continue to flourish. We do it by developing services like Lightbeam and features like Do Not Track. We do it by building transparent, open-source products like Firefox that our global community can verify is not being subverted for other means. We do it by encouraging online privacy education through Webmaker. And, we do it by working closely with legislators and encouraging political leaders to shift the legal and cultural environment towards openness.

To learn more about how Mozilla puts your privacy first, visit this site. Let’s work together to restore trust and build the Internet the world needs.

Remembering SOPA/PIPA

Denelle Dixon-Thayer

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA blackout, the day the Internet went dark in protest of draft American legislation that would have damaged the global open Internet. Mozilla pulled out all the stops to join this virtual protest. Our blackout page was viewed by tens of millions of Firefox users in the United States, with millions choosing to learn more and take action, and hundreds of thousands raising their voices to Congress.

The Firefox default start page was blacked out in protest on Jan. 18, 2012.

The Firefox default start page was blacked out in protest on Jan. 18, 2012.

The result was a dramatic illustration for policymakers in the U.S. and around the world on how copyright law impacts the open Internet.

Through the SOPA/PIPA protest, the Internet community fought off a major threat to the open Internet. But the victory didn’t change the evolution of copyright law we’ve seen in past decades, with copyright terms expanding from 28 years to life of the author plus 70 more. We’ve also seen increased statutory damages for infringement applied aggressively to online copying, new kinds of liabilities such as circumvention of digital rights management, and sweeping enforcement campaigns that falsely accused a grandmother of pirating South Park as well as automated takedown systems so broad that they occasionally target themselves.

The evolution of copyright law in the years to come matters to Mozilla – to our product development efforts, as we push ahead with new ideas in Web and mobile technology, and to our global community of innovators and users.

Getting copyright “right” is a key piece of preserving the future of today’s free and open Internet, and Mozilla is committed to doing its part in the effort.

Mozilla and Partners to Bring Firefox OS to New Platforms and Devices

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As Jay Sullivan details in this blog post, Mozilla is bringing more choice and control to the mobile industry with Firefox OS.

Today, we are pleased to announce some news about the expanding Firefox OS ecosystem as we fill the need for a fully adaptable, unconstrained mobile platform and work to deliver an innovative and customizable mobile Web experience that people are missing today.

Here are the details and links for Firefox OS news at this week’s CES show:

Panasonic: Next Generation Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS
Today, Panasonic announced a partnership with Mozilla to release next generation smart TVs powered by Firefox OS. Mozilla and Panasonic will work together to promote Firefox OS and its open ecosystem. This development aims to deliver more expansive access into smart TVs by leveraging the HTML5 and Web technologies already prevalent on PCs, smartphones and tablets, to offer consumers more personalized and optimized access to Web and broadcasting content and Web services. “Through Panasonic’s partnership with Mozilla, we will create further innovation in smart TV technologies and features, which will take consumers to a whole new level of interaction and connectivity inside and outside of the home,” said Mr. Yuki Kusumi, Director of the TV Business Division of the AVC Networks Company of Panasonic.

ZTE: Expands Firefox OS Product Line
ZTE launched the first Firefox OS phone via Telefonica in Spain, which was well-­received and is exceeding expectations in the European and Latin America markets. In 2014, ZTE will develop a new Firefox OS line to give their users more choice. New Firefox OS phones from ZTE will include higher-­end and dual core options like the Open C and Open II.

Firefox OS: New Contribution Program
We are working on a Firefox OS contribution program aimed at accelerating the
development of Firefox OS for tablets and the supporting ecosystem. To do this, we will provide dedicated contributors with access to resources and reference hardware, initially with tablets from Foxconn. We have to make the hardware available before the software is final to make it possible for contributors around the world to help us complete the build of Firefox OS for tablets. We will be working with partners like Foxconn to expand this program for developers soon.

VIA: APC Paper and Rock Launch
VIA today announced APC Rock and Paper devices powered by Firefox OS available with a preview of Firefox OS running in a desktop environment. At this point in time APC Rock and Paper are targeted at early adopters and developers wanting to help find, file and fix bugs for this version of Firefox OS which comes from the master central code base. Complete, buildable source codes are available to developers on GitHub.

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