Mozilla Festival returns to London in October

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Mozilla is excited to announce the Mozilla Festival (#MozFest) will return to Ravensbourne, a wired media and design campus in East London, from October 24th through 26th. Registration is now open: http://mzl.la/Mozfestticket

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MozFest is the birthplace of many of Mozilla’s best and most innovative ideas.  Hundreds of passionate people—journalists, coders, filmmakers, designers, educators, and gamers from all over the world—will convene for three days of productive skill-sharing and collaboration. The  Festival features interactive sessions designed to foster participation and learning, as well as dedicated time for hacking on ideas that emerge  when hundreds of bright minds gather together in one space.

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Mozilla announces a partnership with The New York Times, The Washington Post and Knight Foundation for a new online community platform.

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Mozilla is proud to announce a new partnership with The New York Times and The Washington Post, funded by $3.89 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to build a new, open-source content and commenting platform.

The community platform will allow news organizations to connect with audiences beyond the comments section, deepening opportunities for engagement. Through the platform, readers will be able to submit pictures, links and other media; track discussions, and manage their contributions and online identities. Publishers will then be able to collect and use this content for other forms of storytelling and spark ongoing discussions by providing readers with targeted content and notifications.

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President Obama Announces Mozilla’s Maker Party 2014 at First-Ever White House Maker Faire

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Today, at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, President Obama is calling for a national Day of Making, and paying homage to the makers, innovators, tinkerers, educators and entrepreneurs that are bringing ideas to life, and helping spread the maker ethos far and wide.

In the spirit of that effort, President Obama will also be helping us announce Maker Party 2014—the Mozilla Webmaker campaign to teach the web on a global scale through hands-on learning and making—as well as some of the key partners that will join us this year.

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Calling All Developers: Applications Now Open for 2015 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellowships

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Today we’re excited to announce that the applications to become a 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellow are now open.

This is the fourth year of the OpenNews Fellowship program, a collaboration between the Knight Foundation and Mozilla. Fellows can be developers, technologists, or anyone who loves to code, and spend 10 months focusing on writing code and solving problems in journalism while being embedded in a newsroom, afforded the chance to hack, present, and attend events around the world.

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Firefox OS ecosystem continues expansion and redefines the entry-level smartphone

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Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is demonstrating the latest advancements to its Firefox OS open mobile ecosystem at Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai. These include a turnkey solution for Firefox OS smartphones in the ultra-low-cost category that will bring devices to India in the next few months; the addition of Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest operator, to the global roster of operators supporting the Firefox OS initiative; and new phones from ALCATEL and ZTE coming to market. Continue reading …

Stay Connected to the Things you Love with Firefox

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Firefox puts you in control of your Web experience and is easy to customize so you can use the Web the way you want. You can make Firefox your own through the beautifully designed and powerful customization menu. You can add or move any feature, social integration service or add-on into the menu and when you’re done you can also choose from thousands of Themes to transform the look of your browsing experience.

Firefox is also first to make it easy for Facebook, Delicious, Weibo and others to integrate their services directly into the browser. Features like the Firefox sidebar, social sharing options and toolbar notification buttons help you stay connected with your friends and family via your favorite social networks no matter where you go on the Web. Now you can also add a new sidebar button into your customizable menu so access to social, bookmark and history sidebars has never been easier.

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DRM and the Challenge of Serving Users

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Today at Mozilla we find ourselves at a difficult spot. We face a choice between a feature our users want and the degree to which that feature can be built to embody user control and privacy. Here’s why.

People want to watch video, including movies and TV shows. Browsers must provide the ability to watch video or the browser becomes less and less the tool users need. A number of content owners (in particular film and TV studios) require technical mechanisms to reduce the ways in which people can use that content, such as preventing people from making copies.  This technical mechanism is generally called “DRM” for “digital rights management.”  Browsers must implement DRM in a way that makes the content owners comfortable. Otherwise they won’t allow their content to be viewed through that browser.

The industry is on the cusp of a new mechanism for deploying DRM. (Until now, browsers have enabled DRM indirectly via Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight products.) The new version of DRM uses the acronyms “EME” and “CDM.” At Mozilla we think this new implementation contains the same deep flaws as the old system. It doesn’t strike the correct balance between protecting individual people and protecting digital content. The content providers require that a key part of the system be closed source, something that goes against Mozilla’s fundamental approach.

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América Móvil Launches Firefox OS Smartphones

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Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire with Firefox OS launches in Mexico with América Móvil

Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire with Firefox OS launches in Mexico with América Móvil

We are excited to announce that América Móvil has become the fifth major operator to release Firefox OS smartphones. América Móvil Alcatel ONETOUCH FIRE devices are now available throughout Mexico through Telcel.  Mexico is the first country where América Móvil launches a Firefox OS device. Continue reading …

Love the open web? Now you can teach other people to love it too.

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At Mozilla, we talk a lot about why the open web is important. We build open technology, and even advocate for certain policies that help keep the web open, interoperable, and ours.

But at a certain point we have to ask — if not enough people understand the way the web works, or why keeping it open is important, are we doing all that we can?

That’s why starting today, Mozilla is offering a series of four online courses designed to help everyone from formal educators to enthusiastic engineers learn how to teach the basic mechanics, culture and citizenship of the web. Continue reading …