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Start Your Engines – Firefox Quantum Lands in Beta, Developer Edition

di, 26/09/2017 - 15:14

Engines are important, both in cars and in browsers. That’s why we’re so revved up this morning – we’re releasing the Beta of a whole new Firefox, one that’s powered by a completely reinvented, modernized engine. Since the version number – 57 – can’t really convey the magnitude of the changes we’ve made, and how much faster this new Firefox is, we’re calling this upcoming release Firefox Quantum.

The journey to Firefox Quantum

Last October we announced Project Quantum, our effort to create a next-generation engine for modern computers, by leveraging technology from our Servo research project. Since then, our engineering team has been relentless in their focus on making Firefox incredibly fast.

Already this year we’ve launched several major improvements to Firefox that have it made it better than ever. For example, we’ve transformed Firefox to run using multiple processes, striking the “just right” balance between speed and memory usage. In addition, we’ve launched game-changing features like WebAssembly and WebVR, enabling super fast, near-native performance for web apps on the desktop and on VR headsets.

We’ve shipped a lot already, but we’ve been planning for many more projects to come together in Firefox Quantum.

Noticeably faster on many of the top websites

Firefox Quantum is such a big leap forward that you’ll feel it instantly, just browsing your favorite websites.

Turns out you can measure Firefox Quantum’s speed, too – our pit crew is kind of obsessed with a data-driven approach. One simple way of estimating browser performance is with Speedometer 2.0, a (still-in-development) benchmark that simulates modern web applications. Results vary based on the computer and apps you’re actively using, but one thing that’s relatively consistent is that Firefox Quantum is about 2X faster than Firefox was a year ago.

We encourage you to make your own comparisons, but here’s a short video that captures our observations when comparing Firefox Quantum and Chrome on various websites. Firefox Quantum is often perceivably faster.

Webpagetest running on Acer Aspire E15. Performance varies based on several factors.


So how we did we make Firefox Quantum so fast?

Firefox has historically run mostly on just one CPU core, but Firefox Quantum takes advantage of multiple CPU cores in today’s desktop and mobile devices much more effectively. This improved utilization of your computer’s hardware makes Firefox Quantum dramatically faster. One example: we’ve developed a breakthrough approach to laying out pages: a super fast CSS engine written in Rust, a systems programming language that Mozilla pioneered. Firefox’s new CSS engine runs quickly, in parallel across multiple CPU cores, instead of running in one slower sequence on a single core. No other browser can do this.

We’ve also improved Firefox so that the tab you’re actively using downloads and runs before other tabs you have open in the background. This prioritization of your active tab, along with Firefox’s “just right” multi-process architecture, results in Firefox Quantum often being faster than Chrome, while consuming roughly 30% less RAM.

In addition, for the past several months we’ve run a browser-wide initiative to zap any instances of slowness you might encounter while using Firefox. So far our pit crew has fixed 468 of these issues, both small papercuts and big bottlenecks.


Introducing the fast and fluid Photon design

It’s not enough to perform well on benchmarks, it’s also important that our users feel like they’re using a well thought out and high performance product.  To reflect all these under-the-hood improvements, we’ve refined and rebuilt Firefox’s user interface through our Photon project. Our talented team of designers and user researchers spent time understanding how users perceive web browsers, and in particular where they felt they were waiting on their browsers.

With the new design, Firefox leaps ahead with a new interface that reflects today’s reality of High DPI displays and users who are more task focused than they’ve ever been. We’re confident that with Photon, Firefox Quantum users will be impressed by the modern new design that puts their needs first. Photon doesn’t just look good, it’s also smarter. If you’re using Photon on a Windows PC with a touch display, the menus change size based on whether you click with a mouse or touch with a finger.

The new, minimalist design introduces square tabs, smooth animations, and a Library, which provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots. Firefox Quantum feels right at home with today’s mouse and touch-driven operating systems: Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, Android Oreo, and iOS 11.



Pocket built-in

Firefox Quantum enhances Firefox’s integration with Pocket, the read-it-later app that Mozilla acquired last year. When you open a new tab, you’ll see currently trending web pages recommended by Pocket users so you won’t miss out on what’s hot online, as well as your top sites. With the Pocket app for iOS and Android, you’ll have offline access to your saved stories wherever you go.


Upgrade to Firefox Quantum soon, or download the Beta today

If you’re already among the Firefox faithful, you’ll automatically upgrade to Firefox Quantum on November 14. But, if you enjoy the cutting edge, you can try it in Beta on desktop, Android, and iOS. Or, if you’re a web developer, download Developer Edition, which includes brand new, cutting-edge tools for those who build the web.

So much has changed about Firefox these past few years, and even more is in store. To learn more about Firefox Quantum in November, visit our page and we’ll keep you up to date on the latest news.

We’re super excited to get Firefox Quantum to our beta users and hope you’ll give it a try.

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Adding More Policy Firepower to the Mozilla Network

ma, 25/09/2017 - 19:47
By Mark Surman and Cori Zarek


In June, Mozilla launched a new fellowship that brings together policy experts from around the world to advance crucial tech policy efforts. Today, we are excited to announce the appointment of seven advisors to help steer this fellowship into the future. We are also announcing one new fellow, bringing the cohort to 11 fellows from four countries who are already up to great work.

Over the past three months, Mozilla’s Tech Policy Fellows have been digging into their projects to keep the Internet open and freely accessible to all. With most fellows joining directly out of government service, they’re continuing to move forward some of the urgent policy efforts they had been leading, and working to avoid any backsliding that might come with government transitions.

The fellows’ work is focused on protecting net neutrality, advancing policies around artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, promoting affordable broadband service for vulnerable communities, and more. Amba Kak is our most recent addition, starting this month to work on promoting net neutrality in India.

To advance this work, the fellows are meeting with policymakers inside and outside of government; they’re keynoting major events and giving press interviews about the importance of these topics; and in the coming weeks, they’ll share more about their work with the Mozilla network on our network blog.

To give guidance and support to the fellows, Mozilla formed an Advisory Board comprised of some of the world’s top experts and supporters of a free and open Internet.

These seven individuals living in six different countries bring deep expertise in privacy, net neutrality, intellectual property, and digital inclusion. They will serve as a resource to the fellows as they pursue their individual projects and to Mozilla as we refine and institutionalize this program.

The fellows and advisors will gather next month at MozFest, Mozilla’s annual celebration of the Internet. They will collaborate on the fellows’ work and the fellows will lead sessions on tech policy topics during the weekend-long festival.

The advisors will also work with us to identify the next cohort of Tech Policy Fellows in early 2018 and will advise the program and the fellows for the coming two years. We look forward to bringing them on board and getting to work to continue advancing tech policy around the globe.

Meet the Tech Policy Fellowship Advisory Board:

Celina Beatriz

Celina Beatriz has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from Harvard University and an Undergraduate Degree in Law from Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio). She is an expert on human rights and technology. She was a researcher at Human Rights Watch in New York and a Supervisor at the Human Rights Clinic in Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV Rio). Celina was a consultant for the Harvard Human Rights Clinic, a researcher at ISER, and an Associate of the Children’s and Adolescent’s Rights Protection in Rio de Janeiro. Celina is currently developing research in the human rights and technology field. She is Project Director at the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio).


Malavika Jayaram

Malavika Jayaram is the Executive Director of Digital Asia Hub, an independent, non-profit Internet and society research think tank based in Hong Kong, incubated by The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. A practising technology lawyer for over 15 years, she spent eight years in London with global law firm Allen & Overy in the Communications, Media & Technology group, and as Vice President and Technology Counsel at Citigroup. While a partner at Jayaram & Jayaram, India, she was featured in the International Who’s Who of Internet e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers, and voted one of India’s leading lawyers.

Malavika taught India’s first course on information technology and law in 1997, and is now Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, part of the Master of Science in Law program bridging STEM subjects and law. She has been a Fellow with the Centre for Internet & Society, India, since 2009, when she helped start their privacy work. She is on the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and the Executive Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.


Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian scholar and commentator on technology, intellectual property, and culture. He is a director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and professor of law and innovation at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He holds law degrees from University of Sao Paulo Law School and Harvard Law and has published a number of books and journal articles. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He has served as the project lead of Creative Commons Brazil since 2003. He is a non-resident visiting scholar with the MIT Media Lab and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) in 2011 and 2012. Lemos is a founder of Overmundo, for which he received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the category of digital communities. Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil, a law enacted in 2014 regulating the Internet in Brazil, protecting civil rights, privacy, and net neutrality. In 2015 he was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2016 he was appointed a fellow with Ashoka. Lemos serves as a board member in various organizations, such as the Mozilla Foundation and Access Now.


Alexander Macgillivray

Alexander Macgillivray, also know as “amac,” is curious about many things including law, policy, government, decision making, the Internet, algorithms, social justice, access to information, and the intersection of all of those. He was United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the last two years of the Obama Administration. He was Twitter‘s General Counsel, and head of Corporate Development, Public Policy, Communications, and Trust & Safety. Before that he was Deputy General Counsel at Google and created the Product Counsel team. He has served on the board of the Campaign for the Female Education (CAMFED) USA, was one of the early Berkman Klein Center folks, was certified as a First Grade Teacher by the State of New Jersey, and studied Reasoning & Decision Making as an undergraduate. These days he is doing a bunch of coding, writing, and short burst projects with organizations thinking about what they should be doing next.


Bitange Ndemo

Bitange Ndemo is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. His research centers on the link between ICTs and small and medium enterprises in Kenya, with an emphasis on how ICTs influence economic development in Kenya.   Prof. Ndemo is an advisor to several organizations including the Better than Cash Alliance, a global initiative under UNCDF dedicated to promotion of cash alternatives; and the I-Hub, a premier innovation hub in Africa. He also sits on the Board of Research ICT Africa based in South Africa. He is a former Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication, where he was credited with facilitating many transformative ICT projects. After years of developing the supply-side of broadband, he has now changed gears to demand-side through assisting start-ups in Africa and playing a key role building sustainable models of innovation hubs. Prof. Ndemo holds a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield in the UK, a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from University of St. Thomas. He is an open data and big data evangelist, and dedicated to simplification / visualization of data for ordinary citizens to consume.


Rinalia Abdul Rahim

Rinalia Abdul Rahim is Managing Director and Chairman of Compass Rose Sdn Bhd. She has 20 years of experience in international development and ICT policy, where she focuses on the issues of access, empowerment, and governance. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). From 2001-2008, she was Executive Director of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), which she successfully positioned as the world’s first and leading multi-stakeholder initiative that promoted knowledge and ICT for Development (ICT4D).

From 1997-2001 she worked with the Malaysian Government in developing national ICT policies, strategies and programmes. Some of the strategies and framework were promoted as best practices by the United Nations Development Programme and were adopted by many developing countries across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She has held various advisory positions with international, regional, and national bodies, including agencies of the United Nations. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Princeton University. She is certified in Corporate Governance by INSEAD. Raised in Malaysia, she has lived in the U.S., Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Singapore. She currently resides in Germany.


Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong specializes in assisting high-growth technology companies to develop international privacy and regulatory strategies. She previously served as Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration, focused on internet, privacy, and innovation policy. Prior to her time in government, Nicole was Google’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and Twitter’s Legal Director for Products. She frequently speaks on issues related to law and technology, including five appearances before the U.S. Congress.

Nicole chairs the board of Friends of Global Voices, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting citizen and online media projects globally. She also sits on the boards of WITNESS, an organization supporting the use of video to advance human rights, and Mozilla. Nicole currently serves as an advisor to the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard Business School Digital Initiative, the Democratic National Committee Cybersecurity Advisory Board, Refactor Capital, and the Albright Stonebridge Group.

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Tracking Protection for Firefox for iOS Plus Multi-Tasking in Focus for Android New Today

do, 21/09/2017 - 15:00

Across the industry, September is always an exciting month in mobile, and the same is true here at Mozilla.

Today, we’re launching the newest Firefox for iOS alongside an update for the popular Firefox Focus for Android, which we launched in June.

What’s new with Firefox for iOS:

Tracking Protection: Rejoice! For the first time, Firefox users running iOS11 on iPhone and iPad will now have automatic ad and content blocking with Private Browsing mode, as well as the tracking protection option in regular browsing. This feature uses the same ad blocking technology as Firefox Focus for Android and iOS, Firefox for Desktop and Firefox for Android. We’re always looking to bring the latest features to our users, and we’re finally able to deliver it to Firefox for iOS thanks to changes by Apple to enable the option for 3rd party browsers.

Improved Syncing: We’ve offered the ability for users to sync desktop content like passwords, history and bookmarks to mobile, and today we’re enhancing Firefox sync so content on your mobile now syncs back to your desktop.

To get the latest version of Firefox for iOS, on the App Store.

What’s new with Focus for Android:

Multiple Tabs: While simplicity is the name of the game for Firefox Focus, we’ve been listening to you and made the private browsing experience even better with the addition of multitasking support. This means users now have the ability to open multiple web pages at a time and easily switch between tabs in the same session.

You can download Firefox Focus for Android on Google Play.

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Stand Up for Net Neutrality: Help Paperstorm the FCC

wo, 20/09/2017 - 19:24
Mozilla’s activism website Paperstorm makes standing up for net neutrality simple. All you have to do is click — a lot


In the U.S., net neutrality is under attack.

Ajit Pai, current Chairman of the FCC, put it bluntly: “We need to fire up the weed whacker” and remove rules like net neutrality, he said recently.

To keep net neutrality (and a healthy internet) intact, Mozilla is deploying Paperstorm, our activism website developed alongside design studio Moniker.

Over the next several weeks, we’re asking American internet users to send a salvo of tweets to Chairman Pai.  How? Visit and start clicking. Each click drops a digital leaflet on the FCC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Drop enough leaflets and you can trigger a tweet to Pai.

We’re asking Americans to Paperstorm the FCC

Paperstorm is a tongue-in-cheek website. But from past net neutrality efforts, we know that a loud chorus of voices can make an impact. And we need to make an impact quickly: Pai and the FCC commissioners are expected make a net neutrality decision in late fall or early winter of this year.

A net neutrality refresher

In May of this year, Pai introduced his proposal to undo net neutrality by re-re-classifying Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from Title II to Title I under the Communications Act of 1934.

What this means: Under Pai’s proposal, ISPs would be allowed to block, throttle and prioritize (or deprioritize) internet access for Americans. Companies like Comcast and AT&T could selectively slow down or speed up access to online journalism, blogs, films, apps, and other services. This would undo 2015’s hard-won net neutrality protections that took years of hard work.

Net neutrality may seem like an abstract issue, but its impact is anything but. Without it, the internet becomes less open. No net neutrality means fewer opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs, and a chilling effect on innovation, free expression and choice online.

Mozilla Chief Legal and Business Officer Denelle Dixon gives real-life examples of a web without net neutrality: “In the past, without net neutrality protections, ISPs have imposed limits on who can FaceTime and determined how we stream videos, and also adopted underhanded business practices.”

About Paperstorm

Paperstorm is a digital activism website that urges Pai and the FCC to keep net neutrality intact.

When users visit Paperstorm, they’ll see an aerial view of the FCC headquarters on 12th Street SW in Washington, D.C. With each click of the mouse, users drop a digital leaflet that reads:

A Paperstorm leaflet

What do these leaflets do? When you drop enough, you can generate a tweet to Pai. Alone, you might drop a small stack of leaflets and send a handful of tweets to Pai. But together, we can drop millions of leaflets and launch tens of thousands of tweets.

Paperstorm is a collaboration between Mozilla and the Amsterdam-based, Webby award-winning design studio Moniker. This is the first time Mozilla and Moniker have deployed Paperstorm in the U.S. Earlier this year, Mozilla and Moniker deployed Paperstorm in the EU to demand common-sense copyright reform — we dropped 60,000,000 leaflets and sent 12,000 tweets to lawmakers.

Part of a larger movement

Millions of Americans across party lines support net neutrality. Over the past several months, more than 22 million net neutrality comments have been filed in the FCC’s docket, the vast majority in support of net neutrality.

On July 11, hundreds of organizations banded together in a Day of Action to amplify Americans’ voices. From the ACLU and Amazon to Github and Mozilla, organizations voiced loud support for a free and open internet.

 Read about Mozilla’s past net neutrality advocacy.

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Busting the myth that net neutrality hampers investment

za, 16/09/2017 - 06:03

This week I had the opportunity to share Mozilla’s vision for an Internet that is open and accessible to all with the audience at MWC Americas.

I took this opportunity because we are at a pivotal point in the debate between the FCC, companies, and users over the FCC’s proposal to roll back protections for net neutrality. Net neutrality is a key part of ensuring freedom of choice to access content and services for consumers.

Earlier this week Mozilla’s Heather West wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai highlighting how net neutrality has fueled innovation in Silicon Valley and can do so still across the United States.

The FCC claims these protections hamper investment and are bad for business. And they may vote to end them as early as October. Chairman Pai calls his rule rollback “restoring internet freedom” but that’s really the freedom of the 1% to make decisions that limit the rest of the population.

At Mozilla we believe the current rules provide vital protections to ensure that ISPs don’t act as gatekeepers for online content and services. Millions of people commented on the FCC docket, including those who commented through Mozilla’s portal that removing these core protections will hurt consumers and small businesses alike.

Mozilla is also very much focused on the issues preventing people coming online beyond the United States. Before addressing the situation in the U.S., journalist Rob Pegoraro asked me what we discovered in the research we recently funded in seven other countries into the impact of zero rating on Internet use:

(Video courtesy: GSMA)

If you happen to be in San Francisco on Monday 18th September please consider joining Mozilla and the Internet Archive for a special night: The Battle to Save Net Neutrality. Tickets are available here.

You’ll be able to watch a discussion featuring former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler; Representative Ro Khanna; Mozilla Chief Legal and Business Officer Denelle Dixon; Amy Aniobi, Supervising Producer, Insecure (HBO); Luisa Leschin, Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer, Just Add Magic (Amazon); Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice; and Dane Jasper, CEO and Co-Founder of Sonic. The panel will be moderated by Gigi Sohn, Mozilla Tech Policy Fellow and former Counselor to Chairman Wheeler. It will discuss how net neutrality promotes democratic values, social justice and economic opportunity, what the current threats are, and what the public can do to preserve it.

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Public Event: The Fate of Net Neutrality in the U.S.

do, 14/09/2017 - 15:19
Mozilla is hosting a free panel at the Internet Archive in San Francisco on Monday, September 18. Hear top experts discuss why net neutrality matters and what we can do to protect it


Net neutrality is under siege.

Despite protests from millions of Americans, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is moving forward with plans to dismantle hard-won open internet protections.

“Abandoning these core protections will hurt consumers and small businesses alike,” Mozilla’s Heather West penned in an open letter to Pai earlier this week, during Pai’s visit to San Francisco.

The FCC may vote to gut net neutrality as early as October. What does this mean for the future of the internet?

Join Mozilla and the nation’s leading net neutrality experts at a free, public event on September 18 to discuss just this. We will gather at the Internet Archive to discuss why net neutrality matters to a healthy internet — and what can be done to protect it.

RSVP: The Battle to Save Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is under siege. Mozilla is hosting a public panel in San Francisco to explore what’s ahead


The Battle to Save Net Neutrality, a reception and discussion in downtown San Francisco. Register for free tickets


Mozilla Tech Policy Fellow and former FCC Counselor Gigi Sohn will moderate a conversation with the nation’s leading experts on net neutrality, including Mozilla’s Chief Legal and Business Officer, Denelle Dixon, and:

Tom Wheeler, Former FCC Chairman who served under President Obama and was architect of the 2015 net neutrality rules

Representative Ro Khanna, (D-California), who represents California’s 17th congressional district in the heart of Silicon Valley

Amy Aniobi, Supervising Producer of HBO’s “Insecure”

Luisa Leschin, Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer of Amazon’s “Just Add Magic”

Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice

and Dane Jasper, CEO and Co-Founder of Sonic.


Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT


The Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue San Francisco, CA 94118

RSVP: The Battle to Save Net Neutrality

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Mozilla Announces 15 New Fellows for Science, Advocacy, and Media

wo, 13/09/2017 - 14:59
These technologists, researchers, activists, and artists will spend the next 10 months making the Internet a better place


Today, Mozilla is announcing 15 new Fellows in the realms of science, advocacy, and media.

Fellows hail from Mexico, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Uganda, the United States, and beyond. They are multimedia artists and policy analysts, security researchers and ethical hackers.

Over the next several months, Fellows will put their diverse abilities to work making the Internet a healthier place. Among their many projects are initiatives to make biomedical research more open; uncover technical solutions to online harassment; teach privacy and security fundamentals to patrons at public libraries; and curtail mass surveillance within Latin American countries.


<Meet our Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows>


The 2017 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows

Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows are talented technologists who are passionate about privacy, security, and net neutrality. Fellows embed with international NGOs for 10 months to work on independent research and project development.

Past Open Web Fellows have helped build open-source whistle-blowing software, and analyzed discriminatory police practice data.

Our third cohort of Open Web Fellows was selected from more than 300 applications. Our 11 2017 Fellows and host organizations are:

Sarah Aoun | Hollaback!

Carlos Guerra | Derechos Digitales

Sarah Kiden | Research ICT Africa

Bram Abramson | Citizen Lab

Freddy Martinez | Freedom of the Press Foundation

Rishab Nithyanand | Data & Society

Rebecca Ricks | Human Rights Watch

Aleksandar Todorović | Bits of Freedom

Maya Wagoner | Brooklyn Public Library

Orlando Del Aguila | Majal

Nasma Ahmed | MPower Change

Learn more about our Open Web Fellows.


<Meet our Mozilla Fellows in Science>

Mozilla’s Open Science Fellows work at the intersection of research and openness. They foster the use of open data and open source software in the scientific community, and receive training and support from Mozilla to hone their skills around open source, participatory learning, and data sharing.

Past Open Science fellows have developed online curriculum to teach the command line and scripting languages to bioinformaticians. They’ve defined statistical programming best-practices for instructors and open science peers. And they’ve coordinated conferences on the principles of working open.

Our third cohort of Open Science Fellows — supported by the Siegel Family Endowment — was selected from a record pool of 1,090 applications. Our two 2017 fellows are:

Amel Ghouila

A computer scientist by background, Amel earned her PhD in Bioinformatics and is currently a bioinformatician at Institut Pasteur de Tunis. She works on the frame of the pan-African bioinformatics network H3ABionet, supporting researchers and their projects while developing bioinformatics capacity throughout Africa. Amel is passionate about knowledge transfer and working open to foster collaborations and innovation in the biomedical research field. She is also passionate about empowering and educating young girls — she launched the Technovation Challenge Tunisian chapter to help Tunisian girls learn how to address community challenges by designing mobile applications.

Follow Amel on Twitter and Github.


Chris Hartgerink

Chris is an applied statistics PhD-candidate at Tilburg University, as part of the Metaresearch group. He has contributed to open science projects such as the Reproducibility Project: Psychology. He develops open-source software for scientists. And he conducts research on detecting data fabrication in science. Chris is particularly interested in how the scholarly system can be adapted to become a sustainable, healthy environment with permissive use of content, instead of a perverse system that promotes unreliable science. He initiated Liberate Science to work towards such a system.

Follow Chris on Twitter and Github.

Learn more about our Open Science Fellows.


<Meet our Mozilla Fellows in Media>

This year’s Mozilla Fellows cohort will also be joined by media producers.  These makers and activists have created public education and engagement work that explores topics related to privacy and security.  Their work incites curiosity and inspires action, and over their fellowship year will work closely with the Mozilla fellows cohort to understand and explain the most urgent issues facing the open Internet. Through a partnership with the Open Society Foundation, these fellows join other makers who have benefited from Mozilla’s first grants to media makers. Our two 2017 fellows are:

Hang Do Thi Duc

Hang Do Thi Duc is a media maker whose artistic work is about the social web and the effect of data-driven technologies on identity, privacy, and society. As a German Fulbright and DAAD scholar, Hang received an MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons in New York City. She most recently created Data Selfie, a browser extension that aims to provide users with a personal perspective on data mining and predictive analytics through their Facebook consumption.

Joana Varon

Joana is Executive Directress and Creative Chaos Catalyst at Coding Rights, a women-run organization working to expose and redress the power imbalances built into technology and its application. Coding Rights focuses on imbalances that reinforce gender and North/South inequalities.


Meet more Mozilla fellows. The Mozilla Tech Policy Fellowship, launched in June 2017, brings together tech policy experts from around the world. Tech Policy Fellows participate in policy efforts to improve the health of the Internet. Find more details about the fellowship and individuals involved. Learn more about the Tech Policy Fellows.

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