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Mozilla announces the first three COVID-19 Solutions Fund Recipients – The Mozilla Blog

Mozilla announces the first three COVID-19 Solutions Fund Recipients – The Mozilla Blog

In less than two weeks, Mozilla received more than 160 applications from 30 countries for its COVID-19 Solutions Fund Awards. Today, the (MOSS) is excited to announce its first three recipients. This Fund was at the end of March, to offer up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects responding to the COVID-19 pandemic., created by Public Invention in Austin, Texas, improves testing of open-source emergency ventilator designs that are attempting to address the current and expected shortage of ventilators.The same machine and software will also provide monitoring and alarms for...

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May 6, 2020
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Which Video Call Apps Can You Trust? – The Mozilla Blog

Which Video Call Apps Can You Trust? – The Mozilla Blog

Right now, a record number of people are using video call apps to conduct business, teach classes, meet with doctors, and stay in touch with friends. It’s more important than ever for this technology to be trustworthy — but some apps don’t always respect users’ privacy and security.So today, Mozilla is to popular video call apps’ privacy and security features and flaws. Consumers can use this information to choose apps they’re comfortable with — and to avoid ones they find creepy.This work is an addition to Mozilla’s annual *Privacy Not Included guide, which rates popular connected...

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Ashley Boyd
April 28, 2020
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Looking at designs for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps – The Mozilla Blog

Looking at designs for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps – The Mozilla Blog

A number of the proposals for how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic rely on being able to determine who has come into contact with infected people and therefore are at risk of infection themselves. , and have already deployed phone-based tracking technology and several for re-opening the US economy depend on some sort of contact tracing system. There has been a huge amount of work in this area (see the list ), with perhaps the best known effort being the joint by Apple and Google. that they would be building this kind of functionality into iOS and Android.To some extent what’s going on here...

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Eric Rescorla
April 29, 2020
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Contact Tracing, Governments, and Data – The Mozilla Blog

Contact Tracing, Governments, and Data – The Mozilla Blog

Digital contact tracing apps have emerged in recent weeks as one potential tool in a suite of solutions that would allow countries around the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and get people back to their daily lives. These apps raise a number of challenging privacy issues and have been subject to extensive technical analysis and argument. One important question that policymakers are grappling with is whether they should pursue more designs that share contact information with a central authority, or ones that leave contact information on people’s devices and out of the reach of...

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Alan Davidson
April 29, 2020
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Mozilla research shows some machine voices score higher than humans – The Mozilla Blog

Mozilla research shows some machine voices score higher than humans – The Mozilla Blog

This blog post is to accompany the publication of the paper in the Proceedings of CHI’20, by Julia Cambre and Jessica Colnago from CMU, Jim Maddock from Northwestern, and Janice Tsai and Jofish Kaye from Mozilla. In 2019, Mozilla’s Voice team developed a method to evaluate the quality of text-to-speech voices. It turns out there was very little that had been done in the world of text to speech to evaluate voice for listening to long-form content — things like articles, book chapters, or blog posts. A lot of the existing work answered the core question of “can you understand this voice?” So...

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Jofish Kaye
May 7, 2020
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More on COVID Surveillance: Mobile Phone Location – The Mozilla Blog

More on COVID Surveillance: Mobile Phone Location – The Mozilla Blog

Previously I about the use of mobile apps for COVID contact tracing. This idea has gotten a lot of attention in the tech press — probably because there are some quite interesting privacy issues — but there is another approach to monitoring people’s locations using their devices that has already been used in and , namely mobile phone location data. While this isn’t something that people think about a lot, your mobile phone has to be in constant contact with the mobile system and the system can use that information to . Mobile phones already use network-based location to provide and for...

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Eric Rescorla
May 6, 2020
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Mitchell Baker Named CEO of Mozilla – The Mozilla Blog

Mitchell Baker Named CEO of Mozilla – The Mozilla Blog

The independent directors of the Mozilla board are pleased to announce that Mitchell Baker has been appointed permanent CEO of Mozilla Corporation.We have been conducting an external candidate search for the past eight months, and while we have met several qualified candidates, we have concluded that at this time.Mozilla’s strategic plan is focused on accelerating the growth levers for the core Firefox browser product and platform while investing in innovative solutions to mitigate the biggest challenges facing  the internet. There is incredible depth of technical expertise within the...

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Julie Hanna
April 8, 2020
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Mozilla Supports the Open COVID Pledge: Making Intellectual Property Freely Available for the Fight Against COVID-19 – The Mozilla Blog

Mozilla Supports the Open COVID Pledge: Making Intellectual Property Freely Available for the Fight Against COVID-19 – The Mozilla Blog

COVID-19 has afflicted more than one million people worldwide, and the number continues to climb every day. However long the pandemic lasts, we know that scientists and others’ ability to share work toward solutions is critical to ending it.The, a project of an international coalition of scientists, technologists, and legal experts, has been created to address this issue. The project calls on companies, universities and other organizations to make their intellectual property (IP) temporarily available free of charge for use in ending the pandemic and minimizing its impact.Mozilla is...

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Amy Keating
April 7, 2020
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Our Journey to a Better Internet – The Mozilla Blog

Our Journey to a Better Internet – The Mozilla Blog

The internet is now our lifeline, as a good portion of humanity lives as close to home as possible. Those who currently don’t have access will feel this need ever more acutely. The qualities of online life increasingly impact all of our lives.Mozilla exists to improve the nature of online life: to build the technology and products and communities that make a better internet. An internet that is accessible, safe, promotes human dignity, and combines the benefits of “open” with accountability and responsibility to promote healthy societies.I’m honored to at this time. It’s a time of challenge...

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Mitchell Baker
April 8, 2020
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Latest Firefox updates address bar, making search easier than ever – The Mozilla Blog

Latest Firefox updates address bar, making search easier than ever – The Mozilla Blog

We have all been spending a lot more time online lately whether it’s for work, helping our kids stay connected to their schools or keeping in touch with loved ones. While connecting is more important than ever as we face this pandemic together, we’ve also been relying on the power of “search” to access information, news and resources through the browser. Today’s Firefox release makes it even easier to get to the things that matter most to you online. Bringing this improved functionality to Firefox is our way of continuing to serve you now and in the future.Did you know that there’s a super...

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Selena Deckelmann
April 7, 2020
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