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Defending Net Neutrality: Millions Rally to Save the Internet, Again

do, 13/07/2017 - 22:28

We’re fighting for net neutrality, again, because it is crucial to the future of the internet. Net neutrality serves to enable free speech, competition, innovation and user choice online.

On July 12, it was great to see such a diversity of voices speak up and join together to support a neutral internet. We need to protect the internet as a shared global public resource for us all. This Day of Action makes it clear, yet again, that net neutrality it a mainstream issue, which the majority of Americans (76% from our recent survey) care about and support.

We were happy to see a lot of engagement with our Day of Action activities:

  • Mozilla collected more than 30,000 public comments on July 12 alone — bringing our total number of public comments to more than 75,000. We’ll be sharing these with the FCC
  • Our nine hour Soothing Sounds of Activism: Net Neutrality video, along with interviews from Senators Al Franken and Ron Wyden, received tens of thousands of views
  • The net neutrality public comments displayed on the U.S. Firefox snippet made 6.8 million impressions
  • 30,000 listeners tuned in for the net neutrality episode of our IRL podcast

The Day of Action was timed a few days before the first deadline for comments to the FCC on the proposed rollback of existing net neutrality protections. This is just the first step though. Mozilla takes action to protect net neutrality every day, because it’s obviously not a one day battle.

Net neutrality is not the sole responsibility any one company, individual or political party. We need to join together because the fight for net neutrality impacts the future of the internet and everyone who uses it.

What’s Next?

Right now, we’re finishing our FCC comments to submit on July 17. Next, we’ll continue to advocate for enforceable net neutrality through all FCC deadlines and we’ll defend the open internet, just like we did with our comments and efforts to protect net neutrality in 2010 and 2014.

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Defending Net Neutrality: A Day of Action

wo, 12/07/2017 - 05:59
Mozilla is participating in the Day of Action with a new podcast, video interviews with U.S. Senators, a special Firefox bulletin, and more

 

As always, Mozilla is standing up for net neutrality.

And today, we’re not alone. Hundreds of organizations — from the ACLU and GitHub to Amazon and Fight for the Future — are participating in a Day of Action, voicing loud support for net neutrality and a healthy internet.

“Mozilla is supporting the majority of Americans who believe the web belongs to individual users, without interference from ISP gatekeepers,” says Ashley Boyd, Mozilla’s VP of Advocacy. “On this Day of Action, we’re amplifying what millions of Americans have been saying for years: Net neutrality is crucial to a free, open internet.”

“We are fighting to protect net neutrality, again, because it’s crucial to the future of the internet,” says Denelle Dixon, Mozilla Chief Legal and Business Officer. “Net neutrality prohibits ISPs from engaging in prioritization, blocking or throttling of content and services online. As a result, net neutrality serves to enable free speech, competition, innovation and user choice online.”

The Day of Action is a response to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s proposal to repeal net neutrality protections enacted in 2015. The FCC voted to move forward with Pai’s proposal in May; we’re currently in the public comment phase. You can read more about the process here.

Here’s how Mozilla is participating in the Day of Action — and how you can get involved, too:

Nine hours of public comments. Over the past few months, Mozilla has collected more than 60,000 comments from Americans in defense of net neutrality.

“The internet should be open for all and not given over to big business,” wrote one commenter. “Net neutrality protects small businesses and innovators who are just getting started,” penned another.

We’ll share all 60,000 comments with the FCC. But first, we’re reading a portion of them aloud in a nine-hour, net neutrality-themed spoken-word marathon.

And we’re showcasing the comments on Firefox, to inspire more Americans to stand up for net neutrality. When Firefox users open a new window today, a different message in support of net neutrality will appear in the “snippet,” the bulletin above and beneath the search bar.

It’s not too late to submit your own comment. Visit mzl.la/savetheinternet to add your voice.

A word from Senators Franken and Wyden. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) are two of the Senate’s leading voices for net neutrality. Mozilla spoke with both about net neutrality’s connection to free speech, competition, and innovation. Here’s what they had to say:

Stay tuned for more interviews with Congress members about the importance of net neutrality.

Comments for the FCC. Mozilla’s Public Policy team is finishing up comments to the FCC on the importance of enforceable net neutrality to ensure that voices are free to be heard. They will speak to how net neutrality fundamentally enables free speech, online competition and innovation, and user choice. Like our comments from 2010 and 2014, we will defend all users’ ability to create and consume online, and will defend the vitality of the internet. User rights should not be used in a political play.

Net neutrality podcast. We just released the second episode of Mozilla’s original podcast, IRL, which focuses on who wins — and who loses — if net neutrality is repealed. Listen to host Veronica Belmont explore the issue in depth with a roster of guests holding different viewpoints, from Patrick Pittaluga of Grubbly Farms (a maggot farming business in Georgia), to Jessica González of Free Press, to Dr. Roslyn Layton of the American Enterprise Institute.

Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, or listen on our website.

Today, we’re amplifying the voices of millions of Americans. And we need your help: Visit mzl.la/savetheinternet to join the movement. The future of net neutrality — and the very health of the internet — depends on it.

Note: This blog was updated on July 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET to reflect the most recent number of public comments collected.

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Mozilla Fully Paid Parental Leave Program Officially Rolls Out Worldwide

di, 11/07/2017 - 14:59

For most countries around the world, school is out, and parents are reconnecting with their kids to enjoy road trips and long days. Many of our Mozilla employees have benefited from the expanded parental leave program we introduced last year to spend quality time with their families. The program offers childbearing parents up to 26 weeks of fully paid leave and non-childbearing (foster and adoptive parents, partners of childbearing) parents up to 12 weeks of fully paid leave.

This July, we completed the global roll out of the program making Mozilla a leader in the tech industry and among organizations with a worldwide employee base.

What makes Mozilla’s parental leave program unique

And sets us apart from other tech companies and other organizations:

  • 2016 Lookback: A benefit for employees who welcomed a child in the calendar year prior to the expanded benefit being rolled out.
  • Global Benefit: As a US-based company with employees all over the world, we chose to offer it to employees around the world — US, Canada, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan.
  • Fully Paid Leave: For all parents, they’ll receive their full salary during that time.
What our Mozilla employees have to say:

“Our second son was born in January 2017. When I heard about the new policy that Mozilla will launch globally one month before, I first was not sure how that will work out with the statutory parental leave rules in Germany. But I have to say that I first enjoyed working with Rachel to work out all the details — and now I get enjoy a summer with my family. The second child has changed my life completely, it was hard to match work and family needs. I am grateful that I will have time to give back to my son and my family and grow even more closer together.”  Dominik Strohmeier, based in Berlin, Germany.  Two children, with second child born in 2017.

Chelsea Novak with baby

“Our daughter was born in 2016,” says Chelsea Novak, Firefox Editorial Lead. “When Mozilla announced this new parental leave policy we were excited for parents that were expecting in 2017, but a little sad that we missed out. Having Mozilla extend these new parental leave benefits to us was very generous and gave us some precious time with our family that we weren’t expecting.”  Chelsea and Matej Novak, both longtime Canadian Mozilla employees, based in Toronto. Two children, ages 1 and 3.

 

 

 

“I started with Mozilla in the beginning of 2016, and delivered my child that same year. When I first heard of the policy, I didn’t think the new parental leave would apply to me. Then, Rachel told me the good news. I was amazed that they would extend the parental leave policy to me so that I can take additional time off in 2017.  Mozilla is so generous to parents like myself to enjoy special moments like watching my daughter take her first steps or saying her first words.”   Jen Boscacci, based in Mountain View, California.  Two children, with second child born in 2016.

 

Maura Tuohy with baby

“Being able to take advantage of the 26 weeks of leave — and have the flexibility of when to take it — was an incredible gift for our family. Knowing that the company was so supportive made the experience as stress free as having a newborn can be! I’m so grateful to work for such a progressive and kind company — not just in policies but in culture and practice.”  Maura Tuohy, based in San Francisco.  Her first child was born in 2017.

 

 

This program helps us embrace and celebrate families of all kinds, whether its adoption and foster care, we expanded our support for both childbearing and non-childbearing parents, independent of gender or situation. We value our Mozilla employees, because juggling between work and family responsibilities is no easy feat.

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New Research: Is an Ad-Supported Internet Feasible in Emerging Markets?

do, 06/07/2017 - 16:56
Fresh research conducted by Caribou Digital and funded by Mozilla explores digital advertising models in the Global South — whether they can succeed, and what that means for users, businesses, and the health of the Internet

Since the Internet’s earliest days, advertising has been the linchpin of the digital economy, supporting businesses from online journalism to social networking. Indeed, two of the five largest companies in the world — Facebook and Google — earn almost all of their revenue through digital advertising.

As the Internet reaches new users in India, Kenya, and elsewhere across the Global South, this model is following close behind. But is the digital advertising model that has evolved in developed economies sustainable in emerging economies? And if it’s not: What does it mean for the billions of users who are counting on the Internet to unlock new pathways to education, economic growth, and innovation?

Publishers see drastically less revenue per user in these regions, partly because low-income populations are less valuable to advertisers, and partly because constraints on the user experience — low-quality hardware, unreliable network coverage, and a dearth of local content — fundamentally limit how people engage with digital content and services.

As a result, users in emerging markets will have fewer choices, as local content providers and digital businesses will struggle to earn enough from their home markets to compete with the global platforms.

Today, we’re publishing “Paying Attention to the Poor: Digital Advertising in Emerging Markets.”

It’s fresh research conducted by Caribou Digital and funded by Mozilla that explores the barriers traditional digital advertising models face in emerging economies; the consequent impact on users, businesses, and the health of the Internet; and what new models are emerging.  

In summary:

Ad revenue-wise, there is an order-of-magnitude difference between users in developed economies and users in the Global South.

Facebook earns a quarterly ARPU (average revenue per user) of $1.41 in Africa and Latin America, and $2.07 in Asia-Pacific — an order of magnitude less than  the $19.81 it earns in the U.S. and Canada

As a result, just over half of Facebook’s total global revenue comes from only 12% of its users

The high cost of data in emerging markets is one driver of ad blocking

Due to prohibitive data costs and slower network speeds, many Internet users in emerging markets use proxy browsers, such as UC Browser or Opera Mini, which reduce data consumption and also block ads

One report by PageFair claims over 309 million users around the world used mobile ad blockers in 2016 — with 89 million hailing from India and 28 million hailing from Indonesia

A dearth of user data — or, the “personal data gap” — presents another challenge to advertisers.

In developed economies, data profiling and ad targeting has been a boon to advertisers. But in the Global South, people have much smaller digital footprints

Limited online shopping, a glut of open-source Android devices, and a tendency toward multiple, fragmented social media accounts dilutes the value of personal data to advertisers

Limited advertising revenue in emerging markets challenges local innovation and competition.

Publishers and developers follow the money. As a result, content is targeted to, and localized for, developed markets like the U.S. or Japan — even producers in emerging markets will ignore their domestic market in favor of more lucrative ones

Large companies like Facebook have the resources to subsidize forays into unprofitable markets; smaller companies do not. As a result, the reigning giants become further entrenched

A lack of local content can have deeply negative implications.

Availability of local content is a key demand-side driver for increasing Internet access for marginalized populations, and localized media can foster inclusion and support democratic institutions

But without viable economic models for supporting this content, opportunity is squandered. Presently, the majority of digital content — including user-generated content such as Wikipedia — is in English

The outlook for digital advertising-supported businesses in emerging markets is bleak.

Low monetization rates will continue to limit the types of Internet businesses that can flourish in the Global South

To succeed, businesses in the Global South have to build more strategically, working toward profitability (and not user growth) from the very beginning

These constraints demand new business model innovations for an Internet ecosystem that is evolving differently in the Global South

“Sponsored data” or “incentivized action” models which offer free data in return for engagement with an advertiser’s content are one approach to mitigating the access and affordability constraint

Transactional revenue models, such as those seen in digital financial services, will play an increasingly important role as payments infrastructure matures

You can read the full report here.

In the coming weeks and months, Mozilla and Caribou Digital will share our findings with allies across the Internet health space — the network of NGOs, institutions, and individuals who are working toward a more healthy web. We hope our learnings will help unlock innovative solutions that balance commercial success with openness and freedom online.

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