You may have seen an email the other day from my friend and colleague Ashley. I read it and it really resonated with me. She wrote about the fear she has felt in the world this past year and how much we need to come together to help each other not be afraid. She is right.
I feel fear too. But I’m also angry! I’m angry about misinformation making money for big tech companies. I’m angry about the hatred infecting the internet. I’m angry about algorithms discriminating against the most vulnerable.
My anger has me questioning, “Does it get better?” I decided the answer to this question is, I’m going to make it better! Anger can be a great motivator. I’m not giving up. And I hope you won’t either.
Yes, the internet has problems. Yes, there is so much work to do to protect our privacy, to build artificial intelligence we can trust, to plug the holes allowing so much hate and misinformation to seep through the internet into our daily lives.
At the end of the year, I want to look back and focus on what has gotten better. This year over 80% of the products in our *Privacy Not Included buyer’s guide met our Minimum Security Standards. Last year, that number was less than 50%. Companies are starting to take consumer security much more seriously.
A video made by the actor Sacha Baron Cohen went viral last month where he called out Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter for helping spread lies and misinformation to make money. In that video, he quoted our Mozilla Fellow Renee DiResta when he said, “Freedom of speech is not freedom of reach.”
We see the tides shifting in important places. And that is because of the work we are able to do with your support. Today, I’m asking you to keep up that support with a donation. If you are able, please consider giving anything you can today.
And if you are angry too, channel that anger into action, into a donation, into good. As Ashley mentioned in her email, “When you can’t take anymore, give.” That is how we make things better.
P.S. If you have questions about donating to Mozilla, you’ll find most of those answered on our FAQ page.