Advocacy is a relatively new area of focus for Mozilla. Our increased emphasis on advocacy is born out of recognition that, like code, public policy has an impact on the shape and health of the open Web -- and that the millions of citizens of the Web are a vital force to protect it. Our goal is to advance the Mozilla mission by empowering people to create measurable changes in public policy to protect the Internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Together with the Mozilla Policy Team, we aim to do this by growing a global cadre of leaders who can think and organize with Mozilla, and can help us deliver through four key levers of participation:
- Leaders (Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows)
- Public Policy
Mozilla's core policy priorities for 2015 are:
- Surveillance & security
- Intellectual property (copyright in the EU, patents in the US)
- Net neutrality
To learn more about our plans to advance and protect the open Web, please read the Mozilla Advocacy 2015 plan.
Mozilla Advocacy Community
Convening the Mozilla Advocacy Community -- volunteer contributors who share the values outlined in the Mozilla Manifesto -- is central to facilitating successful educational and policy-driven campaigns. While the community is open to all, we look to recognize passionate leaders who will help the Advocacy and Policy teams identify Internet policy issues in local contexts, and who can share our message with others. This community largely interacts with each other on the Advocacy Community discourse forum. (Code of Conduct here.)
The goals of this community are to educate and drive participation in local contexts to advance and protect the free and open Web through campaigns and direct educational efforts. Local campaigns may be facilitated by the Policy and Advocacy teams or organized and facilitated by on-the-ground community members. These members are encouraged to join or create an Advocacy Task Force.
Request for Policy Support
To raise awareness around local Internet policy issues with the Mozilla Policy and Advocacy teams, please fill out the Request for Policy Support form. We ask that this form be submitted by a Mozilla Representative or staff member; you can find your Moz Rep here.
Request for Budget Support
Criteria: Event attendees are likely to be interested in and will have the opportunity to learn about becoming Mozilla policy volunteers.
We hope you'll be creative with zero budget events where you can, but if you feel you will need budget for your event, please be aware that the Policy team can only consider budget requests for events that directly impact the growth of the Mozilla policy community. If your event is designed to educate and raise awareness of policy issues, but your attendees are not likely to become Mozilla policy volunteers, an alternative may be to consider applying for budget through Mozilla Reps. You can find your Moz Rep here.
Event budget request form: coming soon
Advocacy Task Force
Task Forces are envisioned to be groups of people engaging around specific Internet policy issues in their local contexts, and mobilizing people when these issues arise. The goals of the Task Forces are to
- Protect the open Web through local legal and political channels.
- Grow understanding of Internet policy issues in local communities.
Task Forces are comprised of three profiles of people:
- Lawyers and policy experts who advise and lobby on behalf of the local community. They keep Mozilla informed of issues on the ground, and participate in workshops as needed.
- Technologists and mobilizers who build tools and websites for local use. They localize content and participate in workshops as needed.
- Educators and mentors who educate local communities on issues. They recruit local members, and facilitate workshops following the "learning through making" ethos Mozilla embodies.
While educators and mentors work year-round to raise awareness, lawyers/policy experts and technologists/mobilizers tend to come together only when specific Internet policy issues and campaigns arise. Mozilla works with Task Forces to provide positioning, talking points, access to open source tools, grassroots campaigning strategies, content and pedagogy.
Current Task Forces
Building a Task Force
- Join the Advocacy Community on discourse and introduce yourself.
- Create an etherpad and invite others in your community to discuss ideas.
- Using some of the resources provided below and on current task force wikis, organize workshops and other events around key Internet policy issues.
- Let Stacy Martin and/or Melissa Romaine know about your Task Force.
- Create a wiki page and even post-event write ups to showcase your Task Force!
This list is not exhaustive; current task force pages have additional content and community contributions are always welcome.
- [Blog] Protecting Net Neutrality and the Open Internet, 5 May 2014.
- [Blog] Mozilla Submits Comments on FCC Net Neutrality Proposal, 15 July 2014.
- [Blog] FCC Reply Comments on Net Neutrality, 15 September 2014.
- [Blog] Net Neutrality in the U.S. Reaches a Tipping Point, 21 October 2014.
- [Blog] Victory for Net Neutrality - Let's Take It Across the Finish Line, 9 February 2015.
- [Blog] Decisive Moment for Net Neutrality in Europe, 16 July 2015.
- Repo of security resources, including tools and applications.
- Privacy Teaching Kit including activities to help learners engage, explore, and evaluate their privacy knowledge.