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2008 Summit Proposal

Session Title

Mozilla Identity

Session Leaders

Mitchell Baker


Background Materials

A set of materials is listed below. There are also two different experiments for discussion and comments. One is a wiki page, for the community discussion. The other is a FriendFeed for the Mozilla Foundation.

  • Scope of Mozilla activities in promoting the Open Internet. (Each document below links to a set of other documents. Follow as much as you like, and hopefully enough to be able to participate in the discussions.) There is a discussion space on FriendFeed, to see if this is more effective than a wiki page. If you'd like a wiki page for this, either create one or let me know.


Working session to explore the Mozilla identity. I'll come with topics and some working ideas to start a discussion. I'd like to end up with a good sense of where agreement is obvious, where we have disagreements and where things are murky enough we're not sure. Those ideas will then be tested among a broader set of people.

  • What makes Mozilla Mozilla? What holds us together as a community, or a set of related communities?
    • Is it software?
    • Is it the Internet?
    • Human experience on the internet?
    • Open Source development?
    • Open processes?
  • How broad is the Mozilla identity?
    • one summary: build software, build communities, build the internet we want to live in
    • another summary: focus on the structure of the web being open - protocols, data formats, etc. and leave applying openness to content to other organizations
  • How broad could / should it be?
    • Are we *any* activity that is transparent, uses a shared resource and distributes decision making?
    • Is there a degree of breadth where "Mozilla" becomes so diffuse it's not enough for use to be an effective community?
    • How much does software ground us?
  • Social Movement and Community "Open Web," the "commons" the "sharing economy" all are active topics of exploration.
    • How does Mozilla relate to these?
    • Can / should the Mozilla community play a broader role in these developing phenomena?
    • If so, is this by strengthening and growing our community, or is it by helping export our techniques to other areas?