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A $2 Million Prize to Decentralize the Web. Apply Today

wo, 21/06/2017 - 13:30
We’re fueling a healthy Internet by supporting big ideas that keep the web accessible, decentralized and resilient. What will you build?

 

Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are offering a $2 million prize for big ideas that decentralize the web. And we’re accepting applications starting today.

Mozilla believes the Internet is a global public resource that must be open and accessible to all.  In the 21st century, a lack of Internet access is far more than an inconvenience — it’s a staggering disadvantage. Without access, individuals miss out on substantial economic and educational opportunities, government services and the ability to communicate with friends, family and peers.

Currently, 34 million people in the U.S. — 10% of the country’s population — lack access to high-quality Internet connectivity. This number jumps to 39% in rural communities and 41% on Tribal lands. And when disasters strike, millions more can lose vital connectivity right when it’s needed most.

To connect the unconnected and disconnected across the U.S., Mozilla today is accepting applications for the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) challenges. Sponsored by NSF, a total of $2 million in prize money is available for wireless solutions that get people online after disasters, or that connect communities lacking reliable Internet access.

The details:

Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge

When disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes strike, communications networks are among the first pieces of critical infrastructure to overload or fail. How can we leverage both the Internet’s decentralized design and current wireless technology to keep people connected to each other — and vital messaging and mapping services — in the aftermath of a disaster?

Challenge applicants will be expected to design both the means to access the wireless network (i.e. hardware) and the applications provided on top of that network (i.e. software). Projects should be portable, easy to power and simple to access.

Here’s an example: A backpack containing a hard drive computer, battery and Wi-Fi router. The router provides access, via a Wi-Fi network, to resources on the hard drive like maps and messaging applications.

Smart Community Networks Challenge

Many communities across the U.S. lack reliable Internet access. Sometimes commercial providers don’t supply affordable access; sometimes a particular community is too isolated; sometimes the speed and quality of access is too slow. How can we leverage existing infrastructure — physical or network — to provide high-quality wireless connectivity to communities in need?

Challenge applicants should plan for a high density of users, far-reaching range and robust bandwidth. Projects should also aim to make a minimal physical footprint and uphold users’ privacy and security.

Here’s an example: A neighborhood wireless network where the nodes are housed in, and draw power from, disused phone booths or similarly underutilized infrastructure.

These challenges are open to individuals and teams, nonprofits and for-profits. Applicants could be academics, technology activists, entrepreneurs or makers. We’re welcoming anyone with big ideas and passion for a healthy Internet to apply. Prizes will be available for both early-stage design concepts and fully-working prototypes.

To learn more and apply, visit https://wirelesschallenge.mozilla.org. This challenge is one of Mozilla’s open innovation competitions, which also includes the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge.

Related Reading: Internet access is an essential part of life, but the quality of that access can vary wildly, writes Mozilla’s Executive Director Mark Surman in Quartz

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Firefox Focus New to Android, blocks annoying ads and protects your privacy

di, 20/06/2017 - 15:06

Last year, we introduced Firefox Focus, a new browser for the iPhone and iPad, designed to be fast, simple and always private. A lot has happened since November; and more than ever before, we’re seeing consumers play an active role in trying to protect their personal data and save valuable megabytes on their data plans.

While we knew that Focus provided a useful service for those times when you want to keep your web browsing to yourself, we were floored by your response  – it’s the highest rated browser from a trusted brand for the iPhone and iPad, earning a 4.6 average rating on the App Store.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we’re launching our Firefox Focus mobile app for Android.

Like the iPhone and iPad version, the Android app is free of tabs and other visual clutter, and erasing your sessions is as easy as a simple tap.  Firefox Focus allows you to browse the web without being followed by tracking ads which are notoriously known for slowing down your mobile experience.  Why do we block these ad trackers? Because they not only track your behavior without your knowledge, they also slow down the web on your mobile device.

Check out this video to learn more:

 

New Features for Android

For the Android release of Firefox Focus, we added the following features:

  • Ad tracker counter – For the curious, there’s a counter to list the number of ads that are blocked per site while using the app.
  • Disable tracker blocker – For sites that are not loading correctly, you can disable the tracker blocker to quickly take care of it and get back to where you’ve left off.
  • Notification reminder – When Focus is running in the background, we’ll remind you through a notification and you can easily tap to erase your browsing history.

For Android users we also made Focus a great default browser experience. Since we support both custom tabs and the ability to disable the ad blocking as needed, it works great with apps like Facebook when you just want to read an article without being tracked. We built Focus to empower you on the mobile web, and we will continue to introduce new features that make our products even better. Thanks for using Firefox Focus for a faster and more private mobile browsing experience.

 

Firefox Focus Settings View

Firefox Focus Settings View

You can download Firefox Focus on Google Play and in the App Store.

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Mozilla Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness for Internet Health

wo, 14/06/2017 - 17:00

Today, Mozilla unveils several initiatives including an event focused on Internet Health with special guests DeRay McKesson, Lauren Duca and more, a brand new podcast, new tech to help create a voice database, as well as some local SF pop-ups.

Mozilla is doing this to draw the public’s attention to mounting concern over the consolidation of power online, including the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed actions to kill net neutrality.

New Polling

60 percent of people in the U.S. are worried about online services being owned by a small number of services, according to a new Mozilla/Ipsos poll released today.

“The Internet is a vital tool that touches every aspect of modern life,” said Mark Surman, Mozilla’s Executive Director. “If you care about freedom of speech, economic growth and a level playing field, then you care about guarding against those who would throttle, lock down or monopolize the web as if they owned it.

According to another Mozilla/Ipsos poll, seventy-six percent of people in the U.S. support net neutrality.

“At Mozilla, we’re fueling a movement to ensure the web is something that belongs to all of us. Forever,” Surman added.

“A Night for Internet Health”

On Thursday, June 29, Mozilla will host “A Night for Internet Health” — a free live event featuring prominent thinkers, performers, and political voices discussing power, progress, and life on the Web.

Mozilla will be joined by musician Neko Case, Pod Save the People host DeRay McKesson, Teen Vogue columnist Lauren Duca, comedian Moshe Kasher, tech media personality Veronica Belmont, and Sens. Al Franken and Ron Wyden via video.

The event is from 7-10 p.m. (PDT), June 29 at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco. Tickets will be available through the Center’s Box Office starting on June 15.

Credentials are available for media.

IRL podcast

On June 26, Mozilla will debut the podcast IRL: Because Online Life is Real Life. Host Veronica Belmont will share stories from the wilds of the Web, and real talk about online issues that affect us all.

People can listen to the IRL trailer or pre-subscribe to IRL on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, Overcast, or RadioPublic.

Project Common Voice: The World’s First Crowdsourced Voice Database

Voice-enabled devices represent the next major disruption, but access to databases is expensive and doesn’t include a diverse set of accents and languages. Mozilla’s Project Common Voice aims to solve the problem by inviting people to donate samples of their voices to a massive global project that will allow anyone to quickly and easily train voice-enabled applications. Mozilla will make this resource available to the public later this year.

The project will be featured at guerilla pop-ups in San Francisco, where people can also create custom tote bags or grab a T-shirt that expresses their support for a healthy Internet and net neutrality.

Locations:

Pop-ups:
  • Wednesday, June 28: From noon – 6 p.m. PDT at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco.
  • Thursday, June 29: From 7 – 10 at SFJazz in San Francisco.
  • Friday, June 30 – July 1:  From noon – 6 p.m. PDT at Union Square in San Francisco.
SF Take-Over

Beginning on Monday, June 19, Mozilla will launch a provocative advertising campaign across San Francisco and online, highlighting what’s at stake with the attacks on net neutrality and power consolidation on the web.

The advertisements juxtapose opposing messages, highlighting the power dynamics of the Internet and offering steps people can take to create a healthier Internet. For example, one advertisement contrasts “Let’s Kill Innovation” with “Actually, let’s not. Raise your voice for net neutrality.”

San Franciscans and visitors will see the ads across the city and will be placed along Market and Embarcadero Streets, San Francisco Airport, projected on buildings– as well as online, radio, social media and prominent websites.

About Mozilla

Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the open web for more than 15 years. We promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers, tablets and mobile devices. For more information, visit www.mozilla.org.

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The Best Firefox Ever

di, 13/06/2017 - 21:00

With E10s, our new version of Firefox nails the “just right” balance between memory and speed


On the Firefox team, one thing we always hear from our users is that they rely on the web for complex tasks like trip planning and shopping comparisons. That often means having many tabs open. And the sites and web apps running in those tabs often have lots of things going on– animations, videos, big pictures and more. Complex sites are more and more common. The average website today is nearly 2.5 megabytes – the same size as the original version of the game Doom, according to Wired. Up until now, a complex site in one Firefox tab could slow down all the others. That often meant a less than perfect browsing experience.

To make Firefox run even complex sites faster, we’ve been changing it to run using multiple operating system processes. Translation? The old Firefox used a single process to run all the tabs in a browser. Modern browsers split the load into several independent processes. We named our project to split Firefox into multiple processes ‘Electrolysis ’ (or E10s) after the chemical process that divides water into its core elements. E10s is the largest change to Firefox code in our history. And today we’re launching our next big phase of the E10s initiative.

A Faster Firefox With Four Content Processes

With today’s release, Firefox uses up to four processes to run web page content across all open tabs. This means that a heavy, complex web page in one tab has a much lower impact on the responsiveness and speed in other tabs. By separating the tabs into separate processes, we make better use of the hardware on your computer, so Firefox can deliver you more of the web you love, with less waiting.

I’ve been living with this turned on by default in the pre-release version of Firefox (Nightly). The performance improvements are remarkable. Besides running faster and crashing less, E10S makes websites feel more smooth. Even busy pages, like Facebook newsfeeds, spool out smoothly and cleanly. After making the switch to Firefox with E10s, now I can’t live without it.

Firefox 54 with E10s makes sites run much better on all computers, especially on computers with less memory. Firefox aims to strike the “just right” balance between speed and memory usage. To learn more about Firefox’s multi-process architecture, and how it’s different from Chrome’s, check out Ryan Pollock’s post about the search for the Goldilocks browser.

Multi-Process Without Memory Bloat Firefox Wins Memory Usage Comparison

In our tests comparing memory usage for various browsers, we found that Firefox used significantly less RAM than other browsers on Windows 10, macOS, and Linux. (RAM stands for Random Access Memory, the type of memory that stores the apps you’re actively running.) This means that with Firefox you can browse freely, but still have enough memory left to run the other apps you want to use on your computer.

The Best Firefox Ever

This is the best release of Firefox ever, with improvements that will be very noticeable to even casual users of our beloved browser. Several other enhancements are shipping in Firefox today, and you can visit our release notes to see the full list. If you’re a web developer, or if you’ve built a browser extension, check out the Hacks Blog to read about all the new Web Platform and WebExtension APIs shipping today.

As we continue to make progress on Project Quantum, we are pushing forward in building a completely revamped browser made for modern computing. It’s our goal to make Firefox the fastest and smoothest browser for PCs and mobile devices. Through the end of 2017, you’ll see some big jumps in capability and performance from Team Firefox. If you stopped using Firefox, try it again. We think you’ll be impressed. Thank you and let us know what you think.

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