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Eric Rescorla Wins the Levchin Prize at the 2019 Real-World Crypto Conference

wo, 09/01/2019 - 21:00

The Levchin Prize awards two entrepreneurs every year for significant contributions to solving global, real-world cryptography issues that make the internet safer at scale. This year, we’re proud to announce that our very own Firefox CTO, Eric Rescorla, was awarded one of these prizes for his involvement in spearheading the latest version of Transport Layer Security (TLS). TLS 1.3 incorporates significant improvements in both security and speed, and was completed in August and already secures 10% of sites.

Eric has contributed extensively to many of the core security protocols used in the internet, including TLS, DTLS, WebRTC, ACME, and the in development IETF QUIC protocol.  Most recently, he was editor of TLS 1.3, which already secures 10% of websites despite having been finished for less than six months. He also co-founded Let’s Encrypt, a free and automated certificate authority that now issues more than a million certificates a day, in order to remove barriers to online encryption and helped HTTPS grow from around 30% of the web to around 75%. Previously, he served on the California Secretary of State’s Top To Bottom Review where he was part of a team that found severe vulnerabilities in multiple electronic voting devices.

The 2019 winners were selected by the Real-World Cryptography conference steering committee, which includes professors from Stanford University, University of Edinburgh, Microsoft Research, Royal Holloway University of London, Cornell Tech, University of Florida, University of Bristol, and NEC Research.

This prize was announced on January 9th at the 2019 Real-World Crypto Conference in San Jose, California. The conference brings together cryptography researchers and developers who are implementing cryptography on the internet, the cloud and embedded devices from around the world. The conference is organized by the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR) to strengthen and advance the conversation between these two communities.

For more information about the Levchin Prize visit

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Mozilla Announces Deal to Bring Firefox Reality to HTC VIVE Devices

di, 08/01/2019 - 14:57

Last year, Mozilla set out to build a best-in-class browser that was made specifically for immersive browsing. The result was Firefox Reality, a browser designed from the ground up to work on virtual reality headsets. To kick off 2019, we are happy to announce that we are partnering with HTC VIVE to power immersive web experiences across Vive’s portfolio of devices.

What does this mean? It means that Vive users will enjoy all of the benefits of Firefox Reality (such as its speed, power, and privacy features) every time they open the Vive internet browser. We are also excited to bring our feed of immersive web experiences to every Vive user. There are so many amazing creators out there, and we are continually impressed by what they are building.

“This year, Vive has set out to bring everyday computing tasks into VR for the first time,” said Michael Almeraris, Vice President, HTC Vive. “Through our exciting and innovative collaboration with Mozilla, we’re closing the gap in XR computing, empowering Vive users to get more content in their headset, while enabling developers to quickly create content for consumers.”

Virtual reality is one example of how web browsing is evolving beyond our desktop and mobile screens. Here at Mozilla, we are working hard to ensure these new platforms can deliver browsing experiences that provide users with the level of privacy, ease-of-use, and control that they have come to expect from Firefox.

In the few months since we released Firefox Reality, we have already released several new features and improvements based on the feedback we’ve received from our users and content creators. In 2019, you will see us continue to prove our commitment to this product and our users with every update we provide.

Stay tuned to our mixed reality blog and twitter account for more details. In the meantime, you can check out all of the announcements from HTC Vive here.

If you have an all-in-one VR device running Vive Wave, you can search for “Firefox Reality” in the Viveport store to try it out right now.

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MOSS 2018 Year in Review

do, 03/01/2019 - 21:27

Mozilla was born out of, and remains a part of, the open-source and free software movement. Through the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program, we recognize, celebrate, and support open source projects that contribute to our work and to the health of the internet.

2018 was a year of change and growth for the MOSS program. We worked to streamline the application process, undertook efforts to increase the diversity and inclusion of the program, and processed a record number of MOSS applications. The results? In total, MOSS provided over $970,000 in funding to over 40 open-source projects over the course of 2018. For the first time since the beginning of the program, we also received the majority of our applications from outside of the United States.

2018 highlights

While all MOSS projects advance the values of the Mozilla Manifesto, we’ve selected a few that stood out to us this year:

    • Secure Drop — $250,000 USD
      • SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system that media organizations can install to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. It was originally built by the late Aaron Swartz and is used by newsrooms all over the world, including those at The Guardian and the Associated Press. In 2018, MOSS gave its second award to Secure Drop; to date, the MOSS program has supported Secure Drop with $500,000 USD in funding.
    • The Tor Project — $150,000 USD
      • Tor is free software and an open network that helps defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. In 2018, MOSS gave its second award to help modularize key aspects of the Tor codebase; to date, the MOSS program has supported this work with $300,000 USD in funding.
    • The Processing Foundation — $69,700 USD
      • The Processing Foundation maintains p5.js, an open-source JavaScript framework that makes creating visual media with code on the web accessible to anyone, especially those without traditional computer science backgrounds. p5.js enables users to quickly prototype interactive applications, data visualizations, and narrative experiences, and share them easily on the web.
    • Dat Project — $34,000 USD
      • Dat is a nonprofit-backed data sharing protocol for applications of the future. With software built for researchers and data management, Dat empowers people with decentralized data tools. MOSS provided $34,000 USD in funding to Dat for community-building, documentation, and tooling.
Seed Awards

With an eye toward broadening participation in the MOSS program and reaching new audiences, the MOSS team decided to try something new at this year’s Mozilla Festival in London: we invited Festival attendees who work on open-source projects to join us for an event we called “MOSS Speed Dating.” For the event, we established a special MOSS committee, comprised of existing committee members, Mozilla staff, and leaders in the open-source world. Attendees were invited to “pitch” their project to three different committee members for 10 minutes each. Following the event, the committee met to discuss which projects best exemplified the qualities we look for in all MOSS projects (openness, impact, alignment with the Mozilla mission) and provided each of the most promising projects with a $5,000 seed grant to help support future development. While many of these projects are less mature than the projects we’d support with a larger, traditional MOSS award, we hope that these seed awards will assist them in growing their codebases and communities.

The 14 projects that the committee selected were:

Looking forward to 2019

In 2019, we hope to double down on our efforts to widen the applicant pool for MOSS and support a record number of projects from a diverse set of maintainers around the globe. Do you know of an open-source project in need of support whose work advances Mozilla’s mission? Please encourage them to apply for a MOSS award!

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