A healthy Internet is open for innovation

The Internet was built on the promise that any one of us might create the next big thing. But in order to keep creating, imagining, and reinventing our future online, the building blocks of the Web must be open to all. And together, we need to make sure the policies and laws that govern those building blocks are fair and functional. A healthy Internet is created by you.

Open Source: Keeping the building blocks of the Web open for creativity

Open source should continue to be the heart of the Internet, so we can all see, verify, and contribute to its future.

Open source software – technology built with code that is open for view, use, and modification – is the engine that powers a huge amount of the Internet, from servers to operating systems to the bots that fetch your search results. It’s the infrastructure that makes the Web a truly public resource: transparent, trustworthy, and collaborative, so that anyone with an idea can contribute. But much like our IRL infrastructure, we have to commit the attention and resources to maintain it.

How you can support open source

  • Contribute to a project

    Contribute to an existing open source project. Become a Mozillian! Or use OpenHatch to match your skillset to a project.

  • Create something new

    Not sure where to start? Try our Open Innovation Toolkit.

How Mozilla is supporting open source

  • Contributing to the ecosystem

    Contributing directly to the open source ecosystem through our products, build systems, and back end systems, and fostering community through the Mozilla Developer Network.

  • Offering support

    Establishing MOSS, the Mozilla Open Source Support program, to give back to the movement we were born from.

Patents: Building a system that encourages innovation

Our patent system should work with and for open innovation, not against it.

Patents were designed to create incentive for innovation. But the patent system and software development don’t always get along so well. Software patents are often written so broadly that they’re open to misinterpretation, and exclusive rights can far outlive the shelf life of the software itself. All of which creates obstacles and uncertainty for innovators, and leaves the door open for patent trolls and endless litigation.

How you can influence patent policy

  • Use open source software

    Look for open source alternatives to the products you use every day. You can find options here and here.

How Mozilla is influencing patent policy

Hungry for more?

Read on about Open Innovation in our Internet Health Report.