Monthly Archives: July 2009

JET Open Letter to ICANN

While not directly Mozilla-related, I wanted to link to this open letter from the directors of all of the East Asian Internet registries to Rod Beckstrom, CEO of ICANN.

James Seng’s Blog : Blog Archive : JET Open Letter to ICANN

The issues brought up are:

1) IDN Variant Problem.
Essentially the East Asian languages need to have IDN Variant implemented or else people in East Asia who buy internationalized domains would have to pay multiple times for the same domain.

2) CJK Three Characters Problem.
The policy states that top-level domain “strings must be composed of three or more visually distinct letters or characters in the script” but that clearly isn’t appropriate for East Asian languages, where ideographs do not match equally with letters in an alphabet.

These are some of the challenges facing the Internationalization of the Internet, specifically at ICANN, but there are many other interesting examples elsewhere (input method editors being another huge hurdle.)

US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox

Nothing to say but awesome!

US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox

US State Department workers have begged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to let them use Firefox.

“Can you please let the staff use an alternative web browser called Firefox?” worker bee Jim Finkle asked Clinton during Friday’s State Department town hall meeting (

“I just moved to the State Department from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and was surprised that State doesn’t use this browser. It was approved for the entire intelligence community, so I don’t understand why State can’t use it. It’s a much safer program.”

Presumably, the State Department is using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. And we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s still mired in the eight-year-old IE6. The only thing that moves slower than Orange ( is a US government agency. But the State Department has yet to respond to our questions about its Firefox-less browsing mandate.

Finkle’s fellow workers responded to his Firefox request with applause. While Clinton responded with bewilderment. “Well, apparently, there’s a lot of support for this suggestion. I don’t know the answer. Pat, do you know the answer?” she said, turning to under Secretary Pat Kennedy.

“The answer is, at the moment: It’s an expense question,” Kennedy said. Then someone in the audience pointed out that Firefox is free.

John Lilly – Lessons From Mozilla

From: WordCamp San Francisco 2009