MozCampAsia2012/Schedule/GrowMozilla/Manifesto Evolution

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Overview of Session

Title of Session: Evolution of the Mozilla Manifesto Workshop

Facilitator(s): Mitchell Baker (if available), Channy Yun (Community Contributor) and Li Gong (Mozilla China)

Are you paid or volunteer staff?: Mitchell is paid; Channy is a volunteer; Li is paid.

Area of Contribution: Mitchell: Chief Lizard Wrangler. Channy Yun: Contributor. Li: Head of China / Taiwan offices

How are you currently involved with the community?: Key Contributor will be someone who has a demonstrated passion for internet policy issues; Li leads Mozilla's China and Taiwan operations; Mitchell needs no introduction.

Location of Work: Channy is in Seoul, South Korea; Mitchell is in Barcelona, Spain; Li is in Beijing, China.

Talk Length: 60 minutes

Summary: Workshop and discussion session on evolving the Manifesto. On March 31, 2013, Mozilla will be 15-years-old. Given the massive changes in the Internet, the principles of the Manifesto have done remarkably well in standing the test of time. However, the lead up to the 15-year anniversary provides an ample and welcomed opportunity to reexamine their value and meaning both inside and outside the organization while involving the community in updating them for the following 15 years. Through a series of questions posed to the group, both during the session and through a continued online discussion, we'd like to explore the natural tension between principles that assert the importance of public benefit (or underline the Internet as a public resource) and our philosophy of individual sovereignty. To interpret public benefit or a view of the Internet as a public utility will be done quite differently around the world. When we say "People are needed to make the Internet open and participatory - people acting as individuals, working together in groups, and leading others," what does that mean to us in today's world? Will it be Mozilla’s role in 2013 and beyond to define the greater good of the Internet or be the champion of individual users' destinies? Can we find a way for the two concepts to live side by side? Do we want to? How do we handle the slippery-slope nature of taking on specific policy issues?

How your session furthers the MozCamp Goals ( The Manifesto reflects our core values as a community, and this session seeks to uncover common understandings, and perhaps differences, so we can discuss and come to some agreement.

Expected Outcome or Deliverable: Increased understanding of how the Manifesto reflects Mozilla's values today and impacts Mozilla's stance on policy issues that impact the future of the Internet globally. Help determine whether there is a need to evolve or clarify the Manifesto's principles.

Desired Audience Type or Skill-set: Core volunteer and paid Mozillians from every part of the project. All welcome.

Equipment Needs: Microphones and video equipment to record the session.

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