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World Information Society Award 2007 Laureates
Logo of Mozilla CorporationMozilla Corporation, United States,

Laureate 2007 - For its outstanding contribution towards the development of world-class Internet Technologies and Applications;

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 software
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 interests
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 social value.

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.


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