Quest for Transparency

I’ve just finished up presenting at TED University this morning on a topic I’m very passionate about — privacy.  Few people realize the extent to which the tracking of our online activities is occurring, and who is doing it. At best, it would make most uncomfortable. And at it’s worst, it makes many of us outraged, particularly those of us who are parents. I had the opportunity to demo Collusion, a tool that visualizes the entities that track our behavior on the Web.

Collusion will allow us to pull back the curtain and provide users with more information about the growing role of third parties, how data drives most Web experiences, and ultimately how little control we have over that experience and our loss of data.

The good news is that others are joining us in this quest for transparency. Today, we are happy to announce that the Ford Foundation is supporting Mozilla to develop the Collusion add-on and
build large-scale education programs on privacy and tracking. We look forward to this collaboration with the Ford Foundation, an organization that has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change for more than 75 years.

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