It’s not often I get to invite artists and developers to collaborate together so I’m excited to see how they respond to the Reality Redrawn Challenge from Mozilla which launches today. The boundaries between truth and fiction are becoming harder to define, in part because of the proliferation of fake news and other forms of misinformation. Mozilla wants to shed light on this by sponsoring public demonstrations, using mixed reality and other art media that make the power of misinformation and its potential impacts visible and visceral.

We live in strange times in which legitimate news organizations such as CNN


Today, we are announcing the Mozilla Information Trust Initiative (MITI) — a comprehensive effort to keep the Internet credible and healthy. Mozilla is developing products, research, and communities to battle information pollution and so-called ‘fake news’ online. And we’re seeking partners and allies to help us do so.

Here’s why.

Imagine this: Two news articles are shared simultaneously online.

The first is a deeply reported and thoroughly fact checked story from a credible news-gathering organization. Perhaps Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal, or Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The second is a false or misleading story. But the article is designed to mimic…


Six months ago, we created the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge to add an additional dimension to the important work Mozilla has been leading around the concept of “Equal Rating.” In addition to policy and research, we wanted to push the boundaries and find news ways to provide affordable access to the Internet while preserving net neutrality. An open call for new ideas was the ideal vehicle.

An Open and Engaging Process

The Equal Rating Innovation Challenge was founded on the belief that reaching out to the local expertise of innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from all around the world would be…


Announcing the five innovative concepts that made it to the final round

About three months ago we launched this global Equal Rating Innovation Challenge to help catalyze new thinking and innovation to provide access to the open Internet to those still living without. Clearly the idea resonated. Thanks to the help of numerous digital inclusion initiatives, think tanks, impact hubs and various local communities that supported us, our challenge has spurred global engagement. We received 98 submissions from 27 countries around the world. …


Mozilla is delighted to announce the esteemed judges for the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge

  • Rocio Fonseca (Chile), Executive Director of Start-Up Chile
  • Omobola Johnson (Nigeria), Honorary Chair of the Alliance for Affordable Internet and Partner of TLcom Capital LLP
  • Nikhil Pahwa (India), Founder at MediaNama and Co-founder of savetheinternet.in
  • Marlon Parker (South Africa), Founder of Reconstructed Living Labs

These four leaders will join Mitchell Baker (USA), Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla, on the judging panel for the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge. …


Announcing Mozilla’s Equal Rating Innovation Challenge, a $250,000 contest including expert mentorship to spark new ways to connect everyone to the Internet.

At Mozilla, we believe the Internet is most powerful when anyone — regardless of gender, income, or geography — can participate equally. However the digital divide remains a clear and persistent reality. Today more than 4 billion people are still not online, according to the World Economic Forum. That is greater than 55% of the global population. Some, who live in poor or rural areas, lack the infrastructure. Fast wired and wireless connectivity only reaches 30% of rural…

Katharina Borchert

Chief Innovation Officer at Mozilla. Formerly CEO of SPIEGEL Online. News junkie. Dog owner. Happy member of the YGL family.

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