What do we mean by “internet health?”
A healthy internet is one in which privacy, openness and inclusion are the norms. These are values Mozilla has championed from the beginning in our Mozilla Manifesto.
For over 4 billion people, the internet is an integral part of our everyday lives. It’s how we connect with our friends, families, co-workers and collaborators. It educates, entertains and provides access to goods and services. It’s the essential infrastructure powering business, commerce, and increasingly, society at large. For the 50% of the world that is not yet online, building a positive future online that is inclusive and accessible is key. The internet is a constantly evolving digital environment that shapes our lives and livelihoods.
Mozilla believes that we all have a stake in understanding and protecting the health of the internet. For this reason, the Mozilla Foundation is primarily focused on fueling an emerging movement of internet users, academics, thought-leaders and activists who are standing and fighting for a healthy internet for generations to come.
Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence
In 2018, Mozilla identified the explosion of devices, platforms and products that include AI-enabled technologies as a key opportunity and threat to the health of the internet. After extensive research and deep consultation with allies, partners, industry, governments and civil society, we determined that stewarding and promoting “Trustworthy AI” was an urgent, critical issue directly related to internet health that we were uniquely positioned to take on. Mozilla has committed to direct the majority of our resources to this issue over the next few years.
The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible
The open, global internet is the most powerful communication and collaboration resource we have ever seen. It embodies some of our deepest hopes for human progress. It enables new opportunities for learning, building a sense of shared humanity, and solving the pressing problems facing people everywhere.
Over the last decade we have seen this promise fulfilled in many ways. We have also seen the power of the internet used to magnify divisiveness, incite violence, promote hatred, and intentionally manipulate fact and reality. We have learned that we should more explicitly set out our aspirations for the human experience of the internet. We do so now.
- We are committed to an internet that includes all the peoples of the earth — where a person’s demographic characteristics do not determine their online access, opportunities, or quality of experience.
- We are committed to an internet that promotes civil discourse, human dignity, and individual expression.
- We are committed to an internet that elevates critical thinking, reasoned argument, shared knowledge, and verifiable facts.
- We are committed to an internet that catalyzes collaboration among diverse communities working together for the common good.
Mozilla invests in bold ideas, global leaders, and the convening and campaign power of people. For more than two decades, we’ve worked across borders, disciplines, and technologies to fuel a movement to realize the full potential of the internet.