Corporation, United States,
Laureate 2007 - For its outstanding
contribution towards the development of world-class Internet Technologies and
Representative: Ms Mitchell Baker, President and CEO
I’m honored to be here and to accept this award on behalf of Mozilla. Mozilla
is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation and
opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet.
I’d like to ask you to think about the Internet for a few moments.
Imagine an Internet that is trustworthy because security experts from around
the globe contribute their expertise to minimize risk for users
Imagine an Internet that is optimized for multiple languages and locales
An Internet where “internationalization” is more than translating menu items on
An Internet where local communities can create a local experience
Imagine an Internet where you, your government and your citizens know that the
software you use does exactly what it says it does and nothing more
Imagine an Internet where thousands of programmers are looking out for your best
Imagine an Internet where you and your neighbors help build the world you want
Imagine an Internet that generates not only economic value, but also civic and
Ladies and Gentlemen, you are imagining the Mozilla project. This is our
mission – to build an Internet incorporating these qualities. We do this by
building software, and by building communities of people who share this vision.
We make this vision real by building the software that people use, most notably
Mozilla Firefox, and by empowering groups of people to participate more fully in
online life. We enable people to build software, to make that software fit local
circumstances, to vett the quality of our software, to modify and improve that
software. We create infrastructure through which groups of people organize
themselves to improve the Internet.
The Mozilla Foundation represents between 70 and 100M end-users, hundreds of
thousands of advocates, and tens of thousands of contributors to this effort. We
work in the open, with transparency of our code, our development and our
community activities. We are open source project, which means our work product
is available to all to use, free of charge. We are a non-profit,public benefit
organization, which means our work product is dedicated to the public benefit.