Monthly Archives: October 2010

event video – The Emerging Threat to Online Trust

The video from the event on browser and certificates, held by the New America Foundation, The Emerging Threat to Online Trust, has been posted to Ustream (flash unfortunately.)

For those of us who know how browsers and certificates and trust works, you may not learn anything new, but I think it’s important to see how browsers and certificates are viewed by people outside of the certificate authorities or browser industries. Indeed Andrew McLaughlin, previously at Google, is now White House deputy CTO under Aneesh Chopra and spoke at the event.

I came away with the impression that it is exceedingly difficult to explain how browsers secure transactions.  Mozilla comes off better than most because of how open our processes are.  Still, browser security looks like sausage to me- you don’t really want to learn how they’re made.

Introduction to WebGL – BarCamp Bangkok 4

Here are my notes on my “introduction to WebGL” talk from BarCamp Bangkok 4.

NOTE: I said that Firefox 4 beta 6 shipped with WebGL on by default. That’s not true. One needs to go into about:config, search for ‘webgl’ and switch “webgl.enabled_for_all_sites” to ‘true’. Hopefully beta 7 will ship with WebGL on by default.

UPDATE: excellent overview video by Mozilla engineer Vlad Vukićević:
WebGL: Bringing 3D to the Web – 2010 GPU Technology Conference

Introduction to WebGL: 3D on the web
BarCamp Bangkok 4 (2010), Sripatum University


What is WebGL?

  • Web platform API for accelerated 3D rendering
  • OpenGL ES in JavaScript
  • available in Firefox 4 beta, Chromium, Webkit nightly

History of WebGL

  • early prototype by Vladimir Vukićević (Mozilla) in 2006
  • March 2009 – Khronos Working Group: Mozilla, Google, Apple, Opera
  • December 2009 – WebGL draft


  • Web browser: WebGL
  • OS drivers: OpenGL, OpenGL ES, Direct3D
  • Graphics Hardware


  • Firefox on Android, Maemo/Meego
  • Webkit? (Android?)

Applications of WebGL

  • gaming
  • visualization
  • marketing
  • other?

WebGL developer libraries


Thank you


The Role of Public Policy and Browser Certificates (Oct. 22, D.C.)

If I was in Washington D. C. I would try to make it to this event on Oct. 22 at the New America Foundation.

Center for Information Technology Policy – Emerging Threats to Online Trust: The Role of Public Policy and Browser Certificates

Emerging Threats to Online Trust: The Role of Public Policy and Browser Certificates

Additional relevant background in this post: Web Security Trust Models | Freedom to Tinker

Firefox in Thailand – 2010 update

In preparation for attending and participating in BarCamp Bangkok 4 later this month, I wanted to get a quick update as to the status of Firefox in Thailand.

As of September 2010,, a Thai-based statistics firm has this data for browser market share in Thailand.

Thailand browser market share (

I don’t know enough about’s methodologies, their sample size, etc. but if we take them at face value, the breakdown is as such:

  • 75.16% on Internet Explorer (either 6, 7 or 8 )
  • 15.25% on Firefox (from Mozilla’s internal data, 83% on Firefox 3.6, 13% on Firefox 3.5, yes I know that does not add up to 100%)
  • 6% on Chrome
  • 1.6% on Safari.

Looking at the trends from, Firefox hit 15% share in December of 2009 and then dropped 4% points in 1 month and has slowly gained all of that back in 2010. It’s not clear what could have caused such a drastic drop in share in 1 month other than a change in how the data was taken.

Google Chrome has been growing steadily since launch.  In August of 2010, Google did a Chrome marketing event promoting the Thai version of Chrome, (Google Chrome set to make mark in Thailand, Google Chrome for Thai users) and that may also contribute to Chrome’s growth.

William, Dietrich and I will all be at BarCamp Bangkok 4 and are looking forward to hearing from Firefox users in Thailand as well as those who used to use Firefox and may not use it anymore. Whatever browser you use, we hope to see you there too!

Mitchell Baker on This Week in Asia podcast

Mitchell was interviewed by Bernard Leong and Daniel Cerventus, two of the hosts of This Week in Asia podcast.

This Week in Asia is a podcast that caters to what’s the hot and interesting news dominating the web and tech landscape in Asia. We focus on the latest news on web and technology space, for example, Internet trends, mobile-web news and social media across Asia (China, Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Cambodia, Laos and Middle East).

This Week in Asia Episode 69: Mitchell Baker Mozilla or via iTunes if you prefer that.

Previously Mark Surman has been on TWIA, as well as myself twice, Episode 39, and Episode 13.

Korean banks starting cross-browser services

Just a quick note to those who are interested in a status update from Korea. Kim Tong-hyung writes in the Korea Times that a number of major Korean banks are moving towards e-banking systems that will be cross-browser compatible vs. what is available today, which is IE.

The short story is that online banking with Firefox or Chrome is still a long-way off, but we can now foresee such a future, whereas before the changes by the Korea Communication Commission (KCC), such a future was impossible to consider.

“There have been complaints from computer users with non-IE browsers and our goal is to provide our Internet banking services to those with any browser,’’ said an IBK [Industrial Bank of Korea] official.

Existing local regulations require all encrypted online communications to be based on electronic signatures that are enabled through public-key infrastructures. And since the fall of Netscape in the early 2000s, Microsoft’s Active-X technology, used on its Internet Explorer (IE) Web browsers, remains the only plug-in tool used to download public-key certificates onto computers.

This prevented users of non-Microsoft browsers such as Firefox and Chrome from banking and purchasing products online. And computer security experts have also claimed that public-key certificates don’t add anything to security beyond a simple password gateway, which make them worse than useless as they create the illusion of safety where there is none.


Pressured by the calls to provide more flexibility in Internet security technologies, the Korea Communication Commission (KCC) announced it would allow other verification methods besides public-key certificates for protecting encrypted communication, which motivated companies like Woori Bank to differentiate.

Woori Bank’s new Internet banking system appears to be well-received, with the bank garnering 40,000 new customers just a month into the changes. And with a variety of banks, including IBK, Shinhan, Kookmin and SC First Bank, already providing non-Microsoft online banking services for smartphones, the transition toward an open Internet banking structure appears to be gaining pace.

Online banking wiggles out of Microsoft chokehold (The Korea Times)

Mozilla Indonesia community update

On September 27th, Mitchell Baker visited Jakarta for a number of media interviews and a community gathering organized by Viking Karwur.

This was the first time Mitchell had visited Indonesia for Mozilla, and as such there was high demand to interview her, not only because of the success of Firefox globally, but also because Firefox enjoys a commanding market share in the Indonesian Internet market.

Mitchell started out with an interview at MetroTV with Timothy Marbun. We had originally hoped for Mitchell to get onto MetroTV’s morning news show, Indonesia Now, however, her plane was delayed and she missed the live taping window.

preparations for Mitchell's interview at MetroTV (Jakarta)
Mitchell prepping for the interview with Timothy Marbun of MetroTV.

Mitchell & Timothy Marbun (MetroTV)

Mitchell and Timothy Marbun (MetroTV)

After the TV interview, we traveled to the hotel where the rest of the media interviews were scheduled. Mitchell was interviewed by a number of key media resulting in articles such as:

Wawancara dengan Bos Mozilla Mitchell Baker (Vivanews)

Firefox Siap Hadang Browser Anyar Microsoft (Detik)

Sosok Nyentrik di Balik Kesuksesan Firefox (Detik)

Ponsel Futuristik di Mata Bos Firefox (Detik)

Mozilla Takkan Usung Premium Add-On (Detik)
Pemasukan Kami dari Google” – Yahoo! Indonesia News

Mitchell Baker, Wanita ‘Rubah Api’ Dibalik Kesuksesan Firefox (Okezone)

Di Negara Asalnya Mozilla Firefox Tidak Populer (Okezone)

Mozilla Kembangkan Layanan Jejaring Sosial? (Okezone)

70% Gunakan Firefox, Indonesia Penting bagi Mozilla (Okezone)

Firefox Mobile Siap Menyasar Semua Platform (Okezone)

After the interviews, we moved on to the community gathering. We had almost 170 people registered to attend and we were concerned about overcrowding because the venue was smaller than this number, but due to very heavy rains in Jakarta that evening a number of people who had planned to attend could not. Still we had well over 100 enthusiastic attendees, including a number of old friends from my May trip.

Mozilla Indonesia Community Meetup: Jakarta, Indonesia | Sep 27

Kumi and Mozilla Indonesia Community Meetup

So how on earth did Firefox reach 70% market share in Indonesia?

The community meetup was a chance to make a number of announcements including,
Kumi fox
– the winner of the mascot naming contest; ‘Kumi’ is the Indonesian Firefox mascot’s name.

– the announcement that Mozilla will partner with Pesta Blogger 2010 and Gen Kanai and William Quiviger from Mozilla will participate;

'Kumi' fox mascot, cake & papercraft

Cake made by a friend of the Indonesian Firefox localizer Romi Hardiyanto AND the papercraft ‘Kumi fox’ mascot of the Mozilla Indonesia community.

We will be distributing the papercraft doll via PDF asap from the Mozilla Indonesia community site so you can print and make your own.

Mitchell & Viking

Mitchell and Viking Karwur


Thank you to Viking and Romi and everyone else who helped make this first official Mozilla event a big success. We’ll be back for PestaBlogger and are actively considering what to do for 2010 and beyond.

Also additional photos by Naif Al’as

Mozilla Indonesia Community Meetup

some of the Mozilla Indonesia community

Finally a copy of my presentation to
View more presentations from Gen Kanai.