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Mozilla wordmark.png Mozilla Public Policy Module
Owner: Denelle Dixon-Thayer Updated: March 21st, 2013
The Mozilla Public Policy Module works with our community to build products that make the Web more robust and take action when the web’s DNA is threatened. Feedback and comments are welcome on the Public Policy Module mailing list.

Current Issues and Activities

  • Internet Savvy for Policy Makers (Global)
  • Patent Reform (Global)
  • CISPA (proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, USA)
  • Internet Governance and WCIT (Global)
  • Internet Civil Rights Bill ("Marco Civil") (Brazil)
  • EU Data Directive
  • ECPA Reform (existing Electronic Communications Privacy Act, USA)
  • CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, USA) - proposed
  • StopWatching.Us Campaign

Meetings and Mailing Lists

Mailing List

We have a mailing list, open to any Mozillian or invited guest. Archives are viewable by list members.

Meetings

Meetings occur on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8:45am Pacific Time.

Vidyo room name: PPM
PIN: 3366
Non-employees, please use the guest URL: https://v.mozilla.com/flex.html?roomdirect.html&key=VZ8Q13TbTAVw

Audio dial-in: use our teleconferencing system. Conference number 98813, PIN 3366.

Agendas and Minutes (2013-2014)

Standing Agenda

  • Status of current projects and progress reports
  • Review and evaluate new projects/topics
    • Understand the issue, context and interests at stake
    • Evaluate against mission
    • Can Mozilla make an incremental difference. If so how?
    • What resources/tactics are available
    • Who can we collaborate with?
  • Prioritization of activities
  • New Topics

New Ideas

If you have policy issues or topics in this area that you think Mozilla should consider intervening on or which need support, please submit them for consideration. Before doing so, you might want to read the "Purpose" section to make sure it falls within our remit.

Purpose

What's Mozilla's role in public policy?

Mozilla believes the Web should be open and available to everyone, and this openness is essential to a healthy cyber economy. We focus on advancing key characteristics of the open Web, not specific functions like social media or videos, which will always be in flux.

The strength of the Web and its economy rests on a number of core building blocks that make up its foundational DNA. Think of them as requirements to support a full range of social, business, governmental, and educational interactions and communications that underlie the importance of the Web in our lives today.

When these building blocks are threatened, the overall health and well-being of the Web are put at risk. For instance, recent attempts to change copyright through SOPA in the US and ACTA around the world undermine the distributed nature of the Web, its interoperability, security, and ultimately the rights of users themselves. Another example is attempts by network operators to block, degrade or discriminate the flow of data across their systems, which threaten to restrict access to the Web and degrade the resilience of the Internet for millions of users.

In terms of regulating the Web, the primary challenge for any legislative process is anticipating unintended consequences, given the complexities inherent in the Web, its architecture, the relationships between its many stakeholders and the pace of innovation.

The Mozilla Public Policy Module works with our community of users and developers to provide products and services that make the Web more robust, and take action when the Web’s DNA is threatened. We want to empower anyone to become a steward of the healthy Web and ensure its open characteristics remain intact for the next 2 billion people who join.

So what do we do?

We engage in public affairs matters when Mozilla can make a difference by both advancing and defending the web:

  • without compromising core code and product efforts
  • only when Mozilla can add extra value
  • directly or indirectly

How do we do it?

We'll use a variety of techniques, tools and assets depending on the situation and what's at stake to express our voice when and where it matters. The action steps include:

  • educate and inform
  • organize and convene
  • enable and support
  • advocate and engage
  • hack, code and implement

We will do these things in concert with Mozilla community members and like minded organizations spread across the globe.

Past Issues and Activities

Marco Civil

SOPA and ACTA

ITU/WCIT

Net Neutrality

Browser Market Competition

DMCA/Copyright/Jailbreaking

Encryption and Open Source

Trust and Privacy

Do Not Track

Software Patents