Francisco Ferioli Marco

Open letter to Mozilla

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  • Open letter to Mozilla

    Which is the real official position of Mozilla regarding GAFAM's antitrust and privacy issues?

    I searched Mozilla's blog for posts containing the word "Google" in the headings or in the first paragraph. I've cited them through this post.


    The independent web???

    Out of 5 posts, only 1 talks about Google in a negative way:

    Cynically, according to Mozilla's 2018 annual report, more than 90% of their revenues come from Google Search royalties.

    On the other hand, a Mozilla's spokepersons said:

    "Mozilla's search partnership with Google is ongoing, with Google as the default search provider in the Firefox browser in many places around the world. We've recently extended the partnership, and the relationship isn't changing."

    Mozilla has had Google as a default search provider for the whole world for as much as 16 years (except for 5 countries only).

    "Firefox default search providers in other regions are Yandex in Russia, Turkey, Belarus and Kazakhstan; Baidu in China; and Google in the rest of the world."

    But then they feature an article from their Pocket feed which reads:

    "Google Chrome sucks - here's why you should stop using it"

    Again biting the hand that feeds them?

    However all that hasn't gone through as if nothing had happened:

    "the DOJ referenced Google’s search agreement with Mozilla as one example of Google’s monopolization of the search engine market in the United States."

    The crazy thing is that, there's at least 5 other crawler-based search engines they could make deals with, but they always pigeonhole yourselves with Google.

    At last, they use on their websites Cloudflare, the world monopoly of CDN.

    The fight for privacy???

    They use tracking technologies on their own website, developed by companies which were found to have participated in mass surveillance programs like US DoD's PRISM. These technologies are:

    After all of this evidence, which ironically has been mostly posted by themselves, they still keep marketing themselves as defenders of freedom, privacy, independence, neutrality, etc???

    Which is the reason they have to keep talking about all these principles if they only respect them at own convenience???


    I propose 3 coherent solutions to this situation:

    1. You offer other crawl-based search engines to be the default search engine of Firefox.
    2. You start making money by yourselves (NOT by requesting a 3rd party to mine private user data), offering your software as services.
    3. You continue making business with Google, but please stop marketing yourselves as "users first, proffit last"!!!

    I hope someday these and other options are considered more seriously and the private data mining madness leaves open source in peace.


    Francisco Ferioli Marco.

    A Firefox user.


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