Mozilla participation confirmed

October 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of Mozilla.

Mozilla is an international non-profit organization with a mission to preserve choice, openness, and innovation on the Internet. As part of its mission, Mozilla develops and distributes free open source software including Mozilla Firefox, a web browser, and Thunderbird, a mail client. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Mozilla has over 400 full-time staff and thousands of volunteers worldwide with offices in San Francisco, Auckland, Beijing, Paris, Tokyo and Toronto.

The Mozilla project was created in 1998 with the release of the Netscape browser suite source code that was intended to harness the creative power of thousands of programmers on the Internet and fuel unprecedented levels of innovation in the browser market. Within the first year, new community members from around the world had already contributed new functionality, enhanced existing features and became engaged in the management and planning of the project itself.

By creating an open community, the Mozilla project had become larger than any one company. Community members got involved and expanded the scope of the project’s original mission—instead of just working on Netscape’s next browser, people started creating a variety of browsers, development tools and a range of other projects. People contributed to Mozilla in different ways, but everyone was passionate about creating free software that would enable people to have a choice in how they experienced the Internet.

What they do

They do this by creating great software, like the Firefox browser, and building movements, like Drumbeat, that give people tools to take control of their online lives.

What they strive for

As a non-profit organization, they define success in terms of building communities and enriching people’s lives instead of benefiting shareholders. They believe in the power and potential of the Internet and want to see it thrive for everyone, everywhere.

Who they work with

Building a better Internet is an ambitious goal, but they believe that it is possible when people who share their passion get involved. Coders, artists, writers, testers, surfers, students, grandparents—anyone who cares about the web can help make it even better. Find out how you can help.

What drives them

Read the Mozilla Manifesto to learn more about the values and principles that guide the pursuit of their mission.

Mozilla is an open source project governed as a meritocracy. Their community is structured as a virtual organization where authority is distributed to both volunteer and employed community members as they show their abilities through contributions to the project.

Learn more about who is involved with governance and how their global community works together on their common mission.

With thanks to Mark Surman, Executive Director.

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