A healthy Internet is created and owned by us all

The Internet owes much of its success to openness: its open, shared structure has made it easy for everyone to build, surf, and thrive on it. But a few big companies are closing in, closing doors, and creating walled gardens that concentrate their ownership and control of the Web. Together, we can fight to make sure no one limits our Internet access, experience, or creation. A healthy Internet belongs to you.

Decentralization means Net Neutrality

No one should be able to restrict our access to the Web for their own gain.

We rely on network providers – telcos and cable companies – for access to the Internet. Which puts them in a position to restrict that access for their own business objectives, favoring their own products, blocking sites or brands, or charging different prices and offering different speeds depending on content type. Net neutrality prohibits network providers from discriminating based on content, so everyone has equal access.

How you can support net neutrality

  • Keep speaking up

    The fight for net neutrality continues all over the world. The rules that have been adopted in the US and Europe need to be defended and enforced. Reach out to your government official wherever you live, and express your support.

How Mozilla is supporting net neutrality

  • Advocating policy change

    Working directly with legislative bodies to craft policy frameworks for and meaningful enforcement of net neutrality in the United States, Europe, India, and all over the world.

  • Building community

    Fostering a global community of passionate Internet users who share our vision.

Decentralization means Interoperability

The Web should remain open and interoperable, so we can keep our experience consistent, transparent, and full of possibility.

Interoperability is a big word with a simple result: your Web experience is basically the same across browsers, hardware, and operating systems because it was designed that way – and built with the open standards to support it. Open standards also allow anyone to invent new ways to make your Web experience better. But interoperability is losing ground to closed systems – and we’re losing transparency, participation, and innovation along with it.

How you can support interoperability

  • Go independent

    Innovation can still come from anywhere – especially if we support it. Try out apps and products from companies you don’t already know.

How Mozilla is supporting interoperability

  • Setting the standards

    Working with and even leading open standards bodies, like IETF and W3C.

  • Walking the talk

    Building interoperability into our own products, and empowering web developers through initiatives like the Mozilla Developer Network.

Decentralization means Competition and Choice

The Internet should continue to foster healthy competition among companies, opportunity for entrepreneurs, and meaningful choices for users.

A personalized Internet is an exciting prospect. But more and more, that means opting into a single company’s ecosystem – which streamlines your experience right now, but may seriously limit your choices in the future. Competitors will be reduced to those few companies who can offer the whole enchilada, thus consolidating the power of existing tech giants and making it much harder for entrepreneurs to disrupt the market with great ideas.

How you can influence competition and choice

  • Know the tradeoffs

    Make sure you understand the tradeoffs of that seamless online experience before you opt into a single ecosystem. Support the companies and services that best reflect your needs – and your values.

How Mozilla is influencing competition and choice

  • Opposing gatekeeper power

    Advocating for net neutrality, copyright reform, and other issues all over the world.

  • Championing openness

    Building with open standards and open source in our own products, and supporting openness at every opportunity.

Decentralization means Local Contribution

We should all be able to contribute to the Web, so it reflects and serves all of its users.

Today 3 billion people all over the world use the Internet to learn, work, play, and connect. But not everyone is able to contribute to it equally. Which means the Web doesn’t reflect the full diversity of its users, doesn’t work as well for some people as others, and can even marginalize certain communities and individuals.

How you can support local contribution

  • Start making

    Try your hand at creating Web content you care about, in your language. Thimble is a great way to start.

How Mozilla is supporting local contribution

  • Teaching makers

    Providing the tools and teaching to foster the next generation of Web creators.

  • Teaching localization

    Providing the blueprint for localization, so Web content can be made relevant for people in different languages and locales.

Hungry for more?

Read on about Decentralization in our Internet Health Report.