As the fiscal year draws to a close, Mozilla recently released its annual report, which includes its financial position and overall picture. Mozilla, established in 1998, is currently made up of two organizations: the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation. The former aims to mobilize global citizens for an Internet health campaign;
The report states that Mozilla Corporation’s revenues and contributions received by the Mozilla Foundation will be reinvested to further Mozilla’s continued protection of Internet health. Mozilla Corporation generates most of its revenue from global browser search partnerships, including Google, Baidu and Yandex. In fiscal 2018, Mozilla Corporation generated $435.7 million in revenue from royalties, subscriptions, and advertising. Fiscal 2017 was $542 million, although it was a special case of “outliers” due to changes in search revenue transactions negotiated during the year.
The keywords in the overall report follow Mozilla’s long-standing philosophy of “privacy and Internet security”. To this end, Mozilla has made this effort in products for the past two years:
Brings a key privacy feature to the flagship Firefox browser – tracking protection is enabled by default;
Enhanced TrackIng Protection (ETP) as the default feature for desktop and Android browsers in 2019, and more than 10 billion trackers have been blocked by the default ETP-enabled Firefox browser since July 2019;
Firefox Monitor, a free service, was launched in 2018 to allow people to check if their email account passwords had been compromised, and this year the service was further refined;
Launch of Password Manager Lockwise;
Provide security agent functions for U.S. users;
Firefox Lite 2.0, released in Taiwan, India and Indonesia, focuses on fast browsing and privacy, and blocks ads and trackers by default;
Encrypt traffic with the new STANDARD HTTPS-based DNS (DoH);
In addition to addressing privacy and security issues at the product level, Mozilla has spent the past two years driving ecosystem-level change “to defend users by seeking strong privacy and security standards and corporate accountability in industry and public policy.” This includes urging other companies and blocking work on privacy, security, and actively participating in policy development and activities.
Publicly calling on tech giants Facebook and YouTube to increase the transparency of their users and re-evaluate how their recommended content is delivered;
Help developers build more reliable AI and partner with other companies to invest $3.5 million to support the inclusion of ethics in computer science courses;
Create dashboards, collect and analyze data on political advertising on various platforms, and seek solutions for political advertising targeting;
The Mozilla Foundation introduces new members to study and address false/misinformation on the Internet;
As a federal plaintiff, continue to fight for net neutrality in the United States;
Launched a petition urging Apple to automatically reset iPhone users’ ad identifiers (IDFAs) each month
Finally, to borrow the words of Mozilla’s annual report, “The Internet can and should be a positive force for individuals and societies.” However, many deep-seated problems need to be addressed in the long term to achieve this goal”.
Full report: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/foundation/annualreport/2018/