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David Boswell: What does radical participation look like?

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 19:48

I recently got back from my first Mozilla Festival and I’ve been thinking about what I experienced there. There is too much to fit in one post, so I want to focus on the question that came up in Mitchell’s keynote: What does radical participation look like?


What was radical when Mozilla started is standard practice today (for example, Microsoft now runs open source communities). We can’t win by doing the same thing others are doing, so how can Mozilla invite people to participate in ways that no one else is able or willing to do?

I have some thoughts about this and I’m interested in hearing what other people think. To get the conversation going, I’ll share one idea about what it would look like for Mozilla to have radical participation today.

Staff as scaffolding

In most areas of Mozilla, staff are directly doing the work and volunteers are involved with those teams to differing degrees. We have good metrics for coding and we can see that volunteers are committing around 40-50% of the patches.


For a comparison with another volunteer-based organization, at the American Red Cross volunteers constitute about 90% of the workforce. The Red Cross staff are mostly supporting those volunteers rather than doing the work of responding to disasters themselves.

We should measure the percentage of tasks done by volunteers across the whole project and set goals to get it closer to the example set by the Red Cross. Some areas, like SUMO and Location Services, are close to this today. Let’s take the knowledge they’re gaining and bring it to other teams to help them scale contributions.


There will certainly be challenges doing this and it might not make sense for all teams. For instance, with the coding example above it might not be productive to have more volunteers submitting patches. This is an assumption that should be tested though.

For example, Dietrich Ayala has had great results bringing in many students to help work on long-term features on the Firefox OS roadmap. Their work is removed from the day-to-day of staff developers shipping the next release, so he avoids the Mythical Man Month problem.

Image from Ian Forrester

Image from Ian Forrester

We could use Dietrich’s model to support large groups focused on innovating in areas that will be relevant to us 2 or 3 years out, such as looking into how we can shape an open Internet of Things. We couldn’t hire 1,000 staff to focus on an Internet of Things research effort, but we could build a community of 1,000 volunteers to do that.

Wikipedia says that there are about 1,000 employees of Microsoft Research. I’m assuming Microsoft wouldn’t be willing to close that department and replace their R&D efforts with volunteers.

So having volunteers do more of the tasks with staff focused on supporting them feels to me like one part of radical participation. What do you think? What else could we be doing to get to a point of radical participation?

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Peter Bengtsson: Why is it important to escape & in href attributes in tags?

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 18:25

Here’s an example of unescaped & characters in a A HREF tag attribute. It’s working fine.

I know it might break XML and possibly XHTML but who uses that still?

Red. So what?
And I know an unescaped & in a href shows as red in the View Source color highlighting.

What can go wrong? Why is it important? Perhaps it used to be in 2009 but no longer the case.

This all started because I was reviewing some that uses python urllib.urlencode(...) and inserts the results into a Django template with href="{{ result_of_that_urlencode }}" which would mean you get un-escaped & characters and then I tried to find how and why that is bad but couldn't find any examples of it.

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Rick Eyre: Lessons on Best Practices from Mozilla

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 16:30

One of the ways we facilitate improvement in development processes and the like at EventMobi is by having lunch and learns where someone will present on something interesting. Sometimes that's a cool technology they've used or a good development practice they've discovered or have had experience with. To that end I gave a presentation on some of the lessons I've learnt on best practices while working in the Mozilla open-source community.

Allthough many of these best practices may seem like no brainers to seasoned developers, I still hear way to many horror stories through the grapevine about software being built under seriously bad conditions. So, without further ado.

Code Ownership

One of the things I think Mozilla does really well is the idea of code ownership. This essentially means identifying those who have a level of knowledge about a particular area or module of code and thrusting upon them the responsibility to oversee it. From a practical point of view this means answering questions about the module that others have and also reviewing all of the changes that are being made to the module in order to ensure that they are sane and fit into the larger architecture of the module as a whole.

Mozilla does this really well by having clear definitions of what code ownership means, who code owners are, and who in the owners absence, can make decisions about that module.

The key part to this set up in my opinion is that it makes it clear what the requirements to become a code owner are and what their responsibilities are as a code owner. Too often I feel like, as with other things, if they aren't formalized they become subject to, well, subjectivity. And the details of code ownership and responsibility get lost in translation and hence, not enacted.

Bottom line, formalizing your code ownership policies and processes are a foundation for success. Without that it becomes unclear even who to ask to review code, is it the person in the blame? Possibly. Maybe not. Maybe that person didn't make correct changes, or made changes under the guidance of someone else. Maybe the code your changing has never even had a true 'owner'. No one knows the big picture for that piece of code and so no one knows enough about it to make informed decisions. That's a problem. If a code owner had been designated when that code was written that would never have been an issue.


We all know testing is a must for any sane development process. What I've learned through Mozilla is that having an insane amount of tests is okay. And honestly, preferable to just enough. As just enough is hard to gauge. The more tests I have in general, the more confident I feel in my code. Having a gauntlet of tests for your code makes it that much stronger.

Not only that, but it's important to be staying on top of tests. As a rule, not accepting code before it has a test and adding regression tests for bugs that are fixed. In exceptional cases code can merged without tests, but it should be tracked so that tests for it will be added later. Ten minutes spent writing a test now could save hours of developer time in the future tracking down bugs.

Saying No

This is one of my personal favourites. And especially relevant I think in companies which are, in my experience, more driven to say yes—in order to hit that extra profit margin, to please that extra customer, to do whatever—as opposed to open-source projects who are able to say no because most of the time they have no deadline. They're driven by desire to build that next cool thing, to build it well, and to do it in a sane way.

From my experience working in Mozilla's and other open-source communities I've found it's important to say no when a feature isn't ready, when it's not good enough yet, when it needs an extra test, when it's not necessary, or when you just ain't got no time for that. I do think, however, that it's hard to say no sometimes while working under the constraints of a profit driven process. There is a healthy balance one can achieve though. We have to strive to achieve this zen like state.

Managing Technical Debt

One of the main ways I've seen this done is by ceating tickets for everything. See something off about the code? Log a ticket. See something in need of refactoring? Log a ticket. See something that needs a test? Log a ticket. Any kind of piece of work that you think needs to get done, any kind of open question that needs to be answered about the state of the code, log a ticket for it.

Logging tickets for the problem gives it visibility and documents it somewhere. This enables a few things to happen. It enables communication about the state of your code base across your team and makes that information easily accessible as it's documented in your tracking system. It also puts the problems that are not necessarily bugs—your stinky, ugly, untested code, or otherwise—to be in your teams face all the time. It's not just getting swept under the rug and not being paid attention too. It forces your team to deal with it and be aware of it.

The key part of this strategy then becomes managing all these tickets and attempting to understand what they are telling you. One of the ways you can do this is by doing regular triages. This means going through the open tickets and getting an idea of what state your code is in and prioritizing how to go about fixing it. This is key as it turns the information that your team has been generating into something actionable and something that you can learn from.

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Doug Belshaw: Toward a history of Web Literacy

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 14:13

As part of my work with Mozilla around Web Literacy Map v2.0 I want to use the web to tell the story of the history of web literacy. It might seem obvious to start from the 1990s, but it’s worth saying that developments in new literacies pre-date that decade. Check out Chapter 4 of my thesis for more detail on this.

History of bicycles

This is the first of a (proposed) series of posts leading up to my keynote at the Literacy Research Association conference in Miami at the beginning of December.

Note: there’s lots of histories of the web itself. If you’re interested in that, just start with the relevant Wikipedia page. Here, I’m focusing on the discourse around the skills required to use the web.


The easiest way to get started is to use a couple of Google tools. Here’s what we get when we plug web literacy as a search term into Google Books Ngram Viewer, focusing on books published between 1990 and today:

 Web Literacy

Just to put that into context, here’s web literacy charted against information literacy, digital literacy, and media literacy:

 Web Literacy vs. Information Literacy vs. Digital Literacy vs. Media Literacy

Web searches

A Google Books search only gives us search terms from books - and then, of course, only those books that have been scanned by Google.

Let’s have a look at Google Trends. This contains search queries by users entering terms into the Google search engine. These trends are constrained (unfortunately) to queries from 2004 onwards:

 Web Literacy

Again, in context:

 Web Literacy vs. Information Literacy vs. Media Literacy vs. Digital Literacy


So what do these graphs tell us? Well, not much by themselves, to be honest. It’s s shame that Google Trends only goes back as far as 2004 and, as far as I can ascertain, there’s no competitors to this product. Yahoo’s Clue service closed earlier this year, as have similar startups and services. So we only have Google’s view in this regard.

I need to do some more research, but from the years I spent researching digital literacy, my feeling is that we can talk about three periods for web literacy.


‘Web literacy’ was the term used by academics in the late 1990s to describe the differences between the page and the screen. There was a lot of discussion of hypertext. The focus was on understanding the similarities and differences between the page and the screen.

There was a lot of excitement about the affordances of the web as a new medium and, in particular, the ways that stories could be told. It fit in well to postmodern descriptions of the world around us as being fractal and contingent.


In the first decade of the 21st century, 'web literacy’ programmes (some of which still exist) became common in educational institutions. These focused on basic web skills for staff and students. Many of these were wrapped up in wider 'information literacy’ or 'digital literacy’ programmes and included procedural skills as well as learning how to spot internet hoaxes. This would be termed 'Credibility’ on the Web Literacy Map v1.1

In the main, however, due to Marc Prensky’s (damaging) article on 'digital natives’ and 'digital immigrants’, there was a feeling that young people just grew up’ understanding this stuff so there’s was no particular need to teach it. This idea was demolished by a 2008 article in the British Journal of Educational Technology.


There’s been a shift in the last few years to understanding that literacy practices relating to the web constitute more than just: 1) reading and writing using different tools, and 2) spotting internet hoaxes. The web is something we carry around with us everywhere, accessed through devices we still call 'mobile phones’. The web mediates our lives.

Most recently, due to the Snowden revelations, there’s been a realisation that that these devices aren’t neutral. They can shape the way we view the world, how we interact with one another, and the way others view us. The revelations showed us that our reliance on 'free’ services has led to corporate surveillance and government surveillance on a massive scale.

Although 'web literacy’ is a term that’s still gaining traction, there’s a growing movement of people who feel that the skills and competencies required to read, write and participate on the web are something that need to be learned and taught.

Web Literacy Map v1.1

It’s into this world that we launched v1.1 of the Web Literacy Map. We hope to do even better and promote the Web Literacy Map as a platform with version 2.0.

Comments? Questions? Direct them to

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Mozilla Reps Community: MozFest 2014: what a year!

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 12:12


MozFest encapsulates many of the crazy wonders of Mozilla and every year new ideas emerge, new projects are created and new communities come together. 2014 was a great year for Reps; not only have the Reps lead many of the maker parties in the summer, but they are also pushing the Mozilla mission forward in every corner of the world. Having the Reps in London added expertise from all our communities

We would have loved to invite everyone who has been doing wonderful things around the Webmaker projects, but unfortunately we had a limited number of invitations. In London we had a great mix of passionate Reps from all around the world making us so proud of this incredible community who will share their experiences with everyone who couldn’t attend this year.

This year the Reps made a very significant contribution to MozFest! Not only did they facilitate many sessions, including one on community building, but they kept the show going in the background. Big kudos to Robby and all the MozFest helpers. On Sunday Reps literally saved the day! As the fox arrived with a bag full of 1000 phones the Reps (a.k.a Marcia’s flashing Gurus) spent Sunday flashing every phone ensuring that the participants of MozFest had the latest version.

The Flashing Gurus in action

The Flashing Gurus in action


It is very humbling to see the energy, the kindness and the commitment of the Reps and we got a lot of recognition, from Mark and Mitchell on the main stage routing for Reps and wearing their Reps hoodies and from the Mozilla community and our friends.

The Reps on the ground also inspired and were inspired by the other participants and brought all the local experiences to MozFest. It is this mix of hands-on work and diversity that opens the horizons for all of us who care about the web and think that this is a critical time to defend the open web and imagine a future where everyone can make active use of this tool for the good of everyone.

We know that the Reps will take their experiences and ignite the Mozfesters in their communities to get together and imagine the world we want to live in. One great example is how our Reps in East Africa pioneered the first MozFest outside of London. This is an exciting model, where Reps and Mozillians take the lead and bring the Mozilla spirit to hundreds of people. And we know that more of this greatness will come in 2015!

There are some amazing blog posts about Mozfest, from the personal experiences of everyone to great descriptions of the sessions, I recommend you check them out. Andre’s blog post is a great read to understand all the amazing things going on at MozFest and how the energy in Ravensbourne leads to so many new ideas. From other Reps we have great blog posts about their experience of MozFest:

Andre Garzia: A free agent at MozFest

Robby Sayles: Behind the scenes

Manel Rhaiem: my first experience at MozFest

Umesh Agarwal: Mozilla Festival 2014

One HUGE thanks to Ioana and Christos who were Chief Reps Wranglers and shined with professionalism, enthusiasm and made us all have a lot of fun. Also, pro tip, if you want to start a party, get some Reps to dance on stage ;)


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Henrik Skupin: Firefox Automation report – week 37/38 2014

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 11:58

In this post you can find an overview about the work happened in the Firefox Automation team during week 37 and 38.


After 7 months without a new release we finally were able to release mozdownload 1.12 with a couple of helpful enhancements and fixes.

We released Mozmill 2.0.7 and mozmill-automation 2.0.7 mainly for adding support of the v2 signed Firefox application bundles on OS X. Sadly we quickly had to follow-up with an appropriate 2.0.8 release for both tools, because a let change in the JS Engine caused a complete bustage of Mozmill. More details can be found in my appropriate blog post.

We were even able to finally release Memchaser 0.6, which is fixing a couple of outstanding bugs and brought in the first changes to fully support Australis.

One of our goals was to get the failure rate of Mozmill tests for release and beta candidate builds under 5%. To calculate that Cosmin wrote a little script, which pulls the test report data for a specific build from out dashboard and outputs the failure rate per executed testrun. We were totally happy to see that the failure rate for all Mozmill tests was around 0.027%!

During the merge process for the Firefox 32 release Andrei has seen some test inconsistencies between our named branches in the Mozmill-Tests repository. Some changes were never backported, and only present on the default branch for a very long time. He fixed that and also updated our documentation for branch merges

Something else worth for highlighting is also bug 1046645. Here our Mozmill tests found a case when Firefox does not correctly show the SSL status of a website if you navigate quickly enough. The fix for this regression caused by about:newtab made it even into the release notes

Last but not least Andreea started planning our Automation Training day for Q3. So she wrote a blog post about this event on QMO.

Individual Updates

For more granular updates of each individual team member please visit our weekly team etherpad for week 37 and week 38.

Meeting Details

If you are interested in further details and discussions you might also want to have a look at the meeting agenda, the video recording, and notes from the Firefox Automation meetings of week 37 and week 38.

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Mozilla bekijkt Tor-integratie Firefox en lanceert privacytool -

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Mozilla bekijkt Tor-integratie Firefox en lanceert privacytool
Mozilla gaat de integratie van Tor binnen Firefox onderzoeken en heeft een nieuwe privacytool gelanceerd waarmee gebruikers zich tegen trackers op het web kunnen beschermen. De twee projecten zijn onderdeel van het Polaris-initiatief, dat Mozilla ...

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Mozilla geeft Firefox-gebruikers... -

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Mozilla geeft Firefox-gebruikers...
De Firefox-webbrowser bestond maandag 10 jaar en dat heeft maker Mozilla gevierd met een update. Gebruikers krijgen voortaan een 'vergeetknop' voorgeschoteld waarmee lokale internetsporen in één klik kunnen worden uitgewist. Verder wordt de ...
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Byron Jones: happy bmo push day!

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 07:20

the following changes have been pushed to

  • [1094902] needinfo canceled or requested email end with @@body-headers@@
  • [1067619] Pulse is not notified of changes to attachment flags
  • [1089805] BzAPI compatibility layer returns HTTP 200 when a bug update failed
  • [1096318] Restricting a bug’s visibility does not delete any associated MozReview review requests

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Mozilla geeft Firefox-gebruikers vergeetknop - De Stentor

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Mozilla geeft Firefox-gebruikers vergeetknop
De Stentor
MOUNTAIN VIEW - De Firefox-webbrowser bestond maandag 10 jaar en dat heeft maker Mozilla gevierd met een update. Gebruikers krijgen voortaan een 'vergeetknop' voorgeschoteld waarmee lokale internetsporen in één klik kunnen worden uitgewist.
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Monica Chew: Tracking Protection in Firefox

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 02:41

On Monday a project that I've been working on was officially announced as part of a larger privacy initiative called Polaris. In case you missed it, there is an experimental tracking protection feature in Firefox Nightly that allows people to avoid being tracked by not communicating with known tracking domains, especially those that do not respect DNT. Our initial blocklist is from Disconnect. As a side effect, blocking resources from tracking domains speeds up page load times on average by 20%. Privacy features rarely coincide with performance benefits, so that's exciting.
Currently, tracking protection is available by turning on browser.polaris.enabled in about:config. If you care about privacy in Firefox and are running Nightly, please give it a try. Requiring about:config changes is quite onerous, but we need your feedback to improve tracking protection. You can read official instructions on how to turn on tracking protection or see the animated gif below (original slide deck here for people who like to advance manually).
Many thanks to everyone who helped get this landed, especially my awesome intern, Georgios Kontaxis, and the team at Disconnect for open sourcing their blocklist.
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Mozilla Open Policy & Advocacy Blog: What we need to do to save the Internet as we know it

Mozilla planet - ti, 11/11/2014 - 01:25

Today, President Obama announced his support for clear, enforceable rules to protect net neutrality, grounded in “Title II” reclassification by the Federal Communications Commission. We’re nearing the end of a long, sustained fight to get strong, effective protections for net neutrality. Now it is time to take it to the finish line.

Imagine a world where a small handful of powerful companies decide what information is available and accessible on the Internet. Or, a world where someone else chooses what you should (and shouldn’t) see on the Internet. Or, a world where you can no longer access your favorite website because it’s not part of the suite of content offered in your area.

Preventing the Internet that you just imagined is why the net neutrality fight is so important to the Mozilla community. It is about protecting the core ethos of the Internet. It is about ensuring that it remains an engine of innovation, opportunity and learning. It is about standing up to those in power with a core assertion: the Web is not owned by any one of us; rather, it is shared by all of us.

In the spring, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed rules that would have gutted the free and open Web. Under its original proposal, we would have seen the emergence of a two-tiered Internet — a fast one that benefits the few companies that can afford to pay; and a slow one for the rest of us.

The Internet community quickly responded, mobilizing itself for a long, sustained fight. Around the country, everyone from small business owners to librarians told their stories of why net neutrality was important to them. People saw the debate for what it really was — a few cable company goliaths trying to hoodwink the mainstream public and change the nature of the Web. We fought back with a resounding voice — the greatest amount of public engagement the FCC has ever seen — demanding strong net neutrality.

Today, as the FCC is closing in on a decision about net neutrality, tensions are rising over if and how it will adopt rules grounded in Title II authority. Title II would empower the FCC to prohibit the discrimination created when someone else can control which content is accessible. The question of where the FCC gets its authority — Title II or something else — is important. If the FCC chooses to rely on the wrong authority, the rules could be weakened, challenged, or overturned.

We have a view on both the authority and the rules required.

First, we believe that the FCC’s authority must come from Title II, and that full Title II reclassification is the cleanest, simplest path forward.

Second, we want a baseline set of protections that incorporate Title II. These protections include strong rules against blocking and discrimination of content, and should apply to the ‘last mile’ portion of the network controlled by the Internet access service provider.

In short, the FCC must not create separate fast lanes that enable prioritization of content over the Internet not based on reasonable and transparent network management.

Finally, because there is only one Internet, we believe the same framework and rules must be applied to mobile as well as fixed access services. It is time to bring mobile into the open Internet age.

Anything less than strong, enforceable rules against blocking, discrimination, and fast lanes, grounded in Title II, is unacceptable. Anything less than this is not the Mozilla baseline or the Mozilla proposal.

In the 25 year history of the Web there have been moments when the masses have stood up to the powerful forces that seek to control it; the launch of Firefox, which defeated the one-browser monopoly of Internet Explorer; the fight that stopped SOPA/PIPA from becoming law; the recent protests in Hungary against an Internet tax.

This is our moment to save the Internet as we know it, and the President’s focus on the issue demonstrates that we can win this fight, and get the FCC to adopt strong, enforceable rules to protect net neutrality. We stand with our Community ready to fight if our baseline is not met.

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Mic Berman: What's your daily focus practice?

Mozilla planet - mo, 10/11/2014 - 22:05


One of my core values is discipline and doing what I say. This for me is how I show up with integrity both for myself and the commitments I make to others. Keeping focused on what's most important helps me feel productive and be sure that whatever I've promised the people I work with, I get done. To support this value and way of working, I've created a daily practice that keeps me focused on the most important people and projects.

Each day I meditate, as close to waking and certainly before my first meeting. I get clear on what is coming up that day and how I want to show up for myself and the people I’m spending time with. I decide how I want to be, for example, is being joyful and listening to my intuition the most important way for today, or curiosity, humour?


I use mindful breathing many times in a day - particularly when I’m feeling strong emotions, maybe because I’ve just come from a fierce conversation or a situation that warrants some deep empathy - simply breath gets me grounded and clear before my next meeting or activity.


Exercise - feeling my body, connecting to my physical being and what’s going on for me. Maybe I’m relying too much on a coffee buzz and wanting an energy boost - listening to my cues and taking care throughout the day. How much water have I had? etc As well as honouring my value around fitness and health.

I also write - my daily journal and always moving a blog post or article forward. And most importantly - mindfulness, being fully present in each activity. Several years ago I broke my right foot and ‘lost’ my ability to multi-task in the healing process. It was a huge gift ultimately - choosing to only do one thing at a time. To have all of my mind and body focused on the thing I am doing or person i am talking with and nothing else. What a beautiful way to be, to honour those around me and the purpose or agenda of the company I’m working for. Weekly, I enjoy a mindful Friday night dinner with my family and turn off all technology to Saturday night and on Sunday's I reflect on my past week and prepare for my next - what worked, what didn't, what's important, what's not. etc.

Joy to you in finding a practice that works :)

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Mic Berman: How are you discerning who and what influences you?

Mozilla planet - mo, 10/11/2014 - 21:56


Being discerning about my influences and experiences - I choose the people, experiences and beauty to influence my life. I find people aren’t always choosy about who or what they allow in their lives - they tend to revert to a default based on who they’ve known forever or do so without thought. I am more discerning now - and decide who I will give my time to, when I might read email, pay attention to my phone, and certainly who I will listen to, take advice from and experiences I want.

On Friday nights I’ve begun turning my phone off from dinner until Saturday night and sometimes Sunday morning - it gives me the opportunity to not be distracted by anyone and fully present in how I design my weekend to maximize rejuvenation and reflection.

I have found several friends that are smarter than me in key areas I love to learn about and so I soak up their thoughts, we share our challenges and learn from each other, we push each other to be even better and stronger than we know and acknowledge where we’re at or how we’re feeling without judgement.

For a complete shift in perspective and experience, I love growing our organic market-garden farm, it’s a venture that gives me solace, grounding, joy on a spiritual and physical plane that is entirely unique - to grow my own food and share this bounty with those that appreciate what it takes is beyond joyful. Particularly when I also then learn what can be done with e.g. ground cherry tomato’s and chocolate or wild leeks and miso :)

And I choose to include some element of beauty in my daily life and surroundings. That might mean picking a simple bouquet of wild flowers to infuse a team meeting room in the fresh scent of lilac’s. Or it could be appreciating fine art in painting or sculpture and the profound and thought-provoking impact the artist intends.

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Mozilla Is Helping Tor Get Bigger and Better - Gizmodo

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Pomax: Appmaking at MozFest 2014

Mozilla planet - mo, 10/11/2014 - 20:02
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Mark Surman: We are all citizens of the web

Mozilla planet - mo, 10/11/2014 - 18:43

Ten years ago today, we declared independence. We declared that we have the independence: to choose the tools we use to browse and build the web; to create, talk, play, trade in the way we want and where we want; and to invent new tools, new ways to create and share, new ways of living online, even in the face of monopolies and governments who insist the internet should work their way, not ours. When we launched Firefox on on November 9, 2004, we declared independence as citizens of the web.

Firefox NYT Ad

The launch of Firefox was not just the release of a browser: it was the beginning of a global campaign for choice and independence on the web. Over 10 million people had already joined this campaign by the time of the launch — and 10s of millions more would join in coming months. They would join by installing Firefox on their own computers. And then move on to help their friends, their families and their coworkers do the same. People joined us because Firefox was a better browser, without question. But many also wanted to make a statement with their actions: a single company should not control the web.

By taking this action, we — the millions of us who spread the software and ideas behind Firefox — helped change the world. Remember back to 2004: Microsoft had become an empire and a monopoly that controlled everything from the operating system to the web browser; the technology behind the web was getting stale; we were assaulted by pop up ads and virus threats constantly. The web was in bad shape. And, people had no choices. No way to make things better. Together, we fixed that. We used independence and choice to bring the web back to life.

And alive the web is. For all 2.8 billion of us on the web today, it has become an integral part of the way we live, learn and love. And, for those who think about the technology, we’ve seen the web remain open and distributed — a place where anyone can play — while at the same time becoming a first class platform for almost any kind of application. Millions of businesses and trillions of dollars in new wealth have grown on the web as a result. If we hadn’t stood up for independence and choice back in 2004, one wonders how much of the web we love today we would have?

And, while the web has made our lives better for the most part, it both faces and offers new threats. We now see the growth of new empires — a handful of companies who control how we search, how we message each other, where we store our data. We see a tiny oligopoly in smartphones and app stores that put a choke hold on who can distribute apps and content — a far cry from the open distribution model of the web. We see increased surveillance of our lives both by advertisers and governments. And, even as billions more people come online, we see a shift back towards products that treat people as consumers of the digital world rather than as makers and as citizens. We are at risk of losing our hard won independence.

This is why — on the 10th birthday of Firefox — I feel confident in saying that Mozilla is needed more than ever. We need great products that give people choices. We need places for those of us who care about independence to gather. And we need to guard the open nature of the web for the long haul. This is why Mozilla exists.

Who owns the internet?

Just as we did 10 years ago, we can start to shift the tide of the web by each and every one of us taking concrete actions — big or small. Download the Firefox 10th Anniversary release — and then tell a friend why Mozilla and Firefox still matter. Grab a colleague or a parent or a kid and teach them something about how the web gives them independence and choice. Or, just watch and share the Firefox 10 video with friends (it’s really good, honest :)). These are a few small but meaningful things you can do today to celebrate Firefox turning 10.

Putting the web back on course as a force for openness and freedom will require much more than just small actions, of course. But it’s important to remember that the global community of people who installed Firefox for others — and then talked about why — made a huge difference when Mozilla first stood up for the web. We moved mountains over the past 10 years through  millions of people taking small actions that eventually added up to a groundswell. As we look today for new ways to shore up our independence on the web, we will need to do this again.

Th 10th Anniversary of Firefox is a day to celebrate, no doubt. But today is also a day to deepen our commitment to choice and independence — to stand together and start sharing that commitment with everyone around us.It is a day to show that we are citizens of the web. I hope you will join me.

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Justin Wood: Firefox Launches Developer Editon (Minor Papercut Issues)

Mozilla planet - mo, 10/11/2014 - 17:30

So, as you may have heard, Firefox is launching a dev edition.

This post does not attempt to elaborate on that specifically too much, but it’s more to identify some issues I hit in early testing and the solutions to them.


While I do admire the changes of the Developer Edition Theme, I’m a guy who likes to stick with “what I know” more than a drastic change like that. What I didn’t realize was that this is possible out of the box in developer edition.

After the Tour you get, you’ll want to open the Customize panel and then deselect “Use Firefox Developer Edition Theme” (see the following image — arrow added) and that will get you back to what you know.



As a longtime user, I had “Old Firefox Sync” enabled; this was the one that very few users enabled and even fewer used it across devices.

Firefox Developer Edition, however, creates a new profile (so you can use it alongside whatever Firefox version you want) and supports setting up only the “New” sync features. Due to creating a new profile, it also leaves you without history or saved passwords.

To sync my old profile with developer edition, I had to:

  1. Unlink my Desktop Firefox from old sync
  2. Unlink my Android Firefox from old sync
  3. Create a new sync account
  4. Link my old Firefox profile with new sync
  5. Link my Android with new sync
  6. Link Dev Edition with new sync
  7. Profit

Now other than steps 6 and 7 (yea, how DO I profit?) this is all covered quite well in a SuMo article on the subject. I will happily help guide people through this process, especially in the near future, as I’ve just gone through it!

(Special Thanks to Erik for helping to copy-edit this post)

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Mozilla brengt Firefox Developer Edition uit - Tweakers

Nieuws verzameld via Google - mo, 10/11/2014 - 17:20

Mozilla brengt Firefox Developer Edition uit
Mozilla heeft een speciaal op webdevelopers gerichte versie van Firefox uitgebracht. De aangepaste browser bevat diverse tools die ontwikkelaars gebruiken om websites en webapps te ontwikkelen. Mozilla belooft de Firefox Developer Edition te blijven ...

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Advancing Content: Interest Dashboard Beta Add-on Ready for Testing

Mozilla planet - mo, 10/11/2014 - 17:00

The Content Services team is working to reframe how users are understood on the Internet: how content is presented to them, how they can signal what they are interested in, how they can take control of the kinds of adverts they are exposed to.  As the Web evolves, these signals will be generated in two places by two actors: in the user’s client, at the user’s behest, or in the cloud, by a service or by a third party who seeks to know whatever it can about the user. We believe it is Mozilla’s place to ensure that the client empowers the user in this relationship and over time, think about how the cloud can play a role.

We’ve been working on an experimental feature that we think is super cool – which we’re calling the “Interest Dashboard” and today, we’ve releasing it as an experimental beta Firefox  add-on. The team here is excited about the Interest Dashboard as it explores the advancement of content and the browser.  The project has been led under the Product Management of Kevin Ghim and engineering leadership of Ed Lee in the Content Services team.  The goal is to see how people consume the Web and try and classify it, and we have something we want to get testing and feedback on with this beta add-on..

How does it work?

You can download the experimental beta Interest Dashboard add-on here.

We believe that there are lots of ways that this add-on can benefit users – from new content discovery, to helping the user manage their own browsing behavior.

The ability to see how that time is spent, on which interests, and at what frequency and volume, will be fascinating for many users.  Users will see how their content consumption is categorized and provide feedback directly into the Interest Dashboard. Ultimately, we can then start showing the user a more personalized content experience, on the user’s terms.

We also know that we have a lot of challenges ahead of us.  We’d absolutely love your feedback after playing around with the add-on so please leave feedback in Bugzilla or in the comments section of this post.  This is a foundational piece for for what we’re doing and we have to deliver value for ours users before we build on top of this.

There’s a lot of data science behind the classification system and we’re looking to make it better.  he feature presents you with a number of views of your data and actions, but we want to know what you would find interesting.

The Interest Dashboard shows the user their activity and lets them gain insight from it – “what gets measured, gets managed”.  In our case, the user of the Interest Dashboard will see all of the user’s browsing behavior and display it in a way the user can interact with.  And if you use multiple instances of Firefox, across multiple desktops, or Firefox for Android, and you have connected all instances to a Firefox Account, you will see your data from all your browsing.

The Firefox Interest Dashboard add-on is unique in bringing this functionality directly to the user in their client, under their control.  And unlike recommendation engines, the Firefox Interest Dashboard add-on will not be trying to stimulate you to remain engaged with a particular website, it will be a vehicle to allow the user to consciously express their own desires for what they want to browser to do.

So go download the Interest Dashboard add-on and see how much time each month you’re spending on watching kittens or funny videos.

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