What is Mozilla? What are the values we are defending? How do we want to change the Internet?
Candy from Botswana speaks about Mozilla and her experience as a Mozillian.
Mozilla is a free software community which is well known for creating the Mozilla Firefox browser meaning that Mozilla is made up technologists, contributors and staff. Mozilla is committed to keep the internet alive and accessible to everyone all over the world. They believe that it is crucial to have people collaborate on an open platform which can groom an individual to learn more and have a well-established, collected future.
Mozilla manifesto promotes openness, innovation and opportunities, which are the key values to finding more solutions in health and other sectors through the use of internet. As the internet has become one of the most integral part of our lives, Mozilla have taken this on-board to form these goals:
- Articulate a vision for the Internet so that Mozilla participants can help the Mozilla Foundation to pursue
- Speak to people about whether or not they have a technical background
- Make Mozilla contributors proud of what we’re doing and motivate us to continue
- Provide a framework for other people to advance this vision of the Internet.
According to the Mozilla Manifesto (n.d), it states the ten principles of Mozilla which are as follows:
- The Internet is an integral part of modern life — a key component in education, communication, collaboration, business, entertainment and society as a whole.
- The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
- The Internet must enrich the lives of individual human beings.
- Individuals’ security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.
- Individuals must have the ability to shape the Internet and their own experiences on the Internet.
- The effectiveness of the Internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, and content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.
- Free and open source software promotes the development of the Internet as a public resource.
- Transparent community-based processes promote participation, accountability and trust.
- Commercial involvement in the development of the Internet brings many benefits; a balance between commercial profit and public benefit is critical.
- Magnifying the public benefit aspects of the Internet is an important goal, worthy of time, attention and commitment.
Mozilla is a community that involves people from diverse backgrounds who are leaders, contributors and volunteers who together in groups to carry out the Mozilla principles and Manifesto. The importance of volunteering at Mozilla is that you find people who share common goals as you, so that you can also make international networks with Mozillians and make friends.
Below is a picture of the Mozilla Africa community writing team (friends) at Mozlando 2015 Mozilla event.
Mozillians are people who are committed to promote Open Web and make a change in the world through the use of the internet. Through volunteering, this helps Mozillians engage in diverse projects that appeal to them, enhance their technical skills and gain practical experience in different areas. Some of the areas that one can engage to volunteer at Mozilla are coding, testing, teaching, activism, translating and writing.
The below picture shows Mozilla Firefox OS Africa OS team in Paris 2015.
For Mozilla to be able to deliver great results to its consumers and to keep open access web, it needs support from anyone who is dedicated to keep the internet alive and in strengthening the principles of the Mozilla Manifesto. And so? Everyone is welcome to become a Mozillian.
Author: Candy Tricia Khohliwe from Botswana Mozilla Community