Netpolicy/Strategy/New Activities

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These are proposed new activities to support the Net Policy strategy. They are singled out here to help us make decisions about how to proceed and what resources are appropriate.

Identifying and updating the policy priorities

These priorities will be simple, global, collaboratively owned by the community, and focusing in areas which directly map to our Mission or Manifesto.

Possible policy priorities for 2013-4 (as an example)

- Net neutrality
- Privacy and user data
- An uncensored internet
- Fair and open internet governance
- Copyright and intellectual property

They should guide all of our interactions with policymakers all over the world, and should be representative of and tied to the work of the entire community.

Practically speaking, they should make the most of our resources: targeting topics and countries/jurisdictions where we, as a community, can make the biggest difference in protecting the Open Internet.

We will need an inclusive process for agreeing them. A proposal for consideration:

  • the Net Policy group proposes the initial list
  • we take them to the community, initially online and at events, and host discussions at Summit. Every group working on related activities should have a chance to weigh in.
  • final ratification at MozFest

Open Internet Health Report

A yearly report, with quantifiable metrics, demonstrating the health of the Open Internet from a variety of viewpoints:

  • technical
  • economic
  • social
  • legal

This can be used for setting strategy, benchmarking progress, and informing our priorities going forward.

Open Web Policy Leaders

We have a number of skilled, credentialed authoritative leaders in our community who are offering to help us engage with lawmakers and policymakers in different jurisdictions. We can empower them to represent Mozilla and further our policy priorities — especially in areas where we might otherwise be underrepresented.

The process may be:

  • Build a pool of vetted, authoritative leaders in relevant fields (within our policy priority areas), in specific jurisdictions — especially where we are underrepresented.
  • When we need representation at the policy-making level (national governments, treaty-making bodies), we develop talking points with them so that they can represent us and our community.
  • Acknowledge them with a credential and some kind of visible recognition (possibly something with Badges).

Openly publish their testimony or evidence wherever possible. Build a body of our activities for ourselves, to measure our progress, and to share with the community.

The Internet Policy Summit

While we have a lot to offer by virtue of our own expertise, we can also significantly impact policy and laws by convening the relevant players and setting the agenda (based on our policy priorities).

We can establish this group of political and strategic leaders from the tech industry, governments working on Internet-related issues and non-profits invested in a open Internet. It will meet, visibly, twice a year, for each party to demonstrate their commitment to the Open Internet and their progress towards it.

We will facilitate the group in setting benchmarks around our policy priorities. When they meet, the group's members will demonstrate their progress against the agenda, and we can provide feedback in ways that will benefit them.

The Summits will be press-heavy and ministerial or presidential, publicly celebrating those governments whose achievements support the Open Web and all the public and commercial good that stems from it. This political goodwill, expressed in ways that suit the agendas of each country, can give their political leaders the recognition and external credentials they need to continue supporting openness.

Publishing a full list of performance against the benchmarks will also demonstrate who has been less successful in the field.


This is already in progress.

This activity is building a collection of content and collateral to inform discussions with policymakers. Focused on metaphors and simple diagrams, it aims to help our community members introduce technical concepts and facts into fast-moving policy discussions.

A body of policy evidence

This will be an up-to-date set of pages on our policy priorities and our activities which relate to them or can provide evidence for them.

These pages will:

  • serve as briefings for our conversations with policy-makers — from any member of the Mozilla community. Not only will this help us plan specific discussions, it can also prepare someone working with governments on one topic to be ready to help on others as well.
  • help us to protect and represent the Mozilla activities most likely to be the subject of debates in governments and in treaty-making organizations.

Helping the community to engage

  • Signposting to activist organizations with grassroots campaigns that support our policy priorities.
  • Where necessary, building our own content to help community members understand the law-making or treaty-making process and how they can get involved.

Related pages

See also: