Mozilla exists to protect and promote the internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. As a critical part of this mission, Mozilla invests in the innovators working to make the internet more open, inclusive, decentralized, and secure. Through Mozilla Awards, we support these leaders and amplify their important work on issues impacting the health of the internet.
From data breaches to troubling centralization, the open internet is undoubtedly facing increasingly urgent and complex challenges for which there are unlikely to be simple solutions. Awards at Mozilla are designed to support diverse approaches to addressing the most pressing threats to Internet health. Awards celebrate a variety of targeted solutions, not a one-size-fits-all silver bullet. They spotlight the technologies, art, and other work being done by leaders across the globe in order to amplify these promising approaches and to help make the internet healthier for all.
Recipients of Mozilla Awards include educators, artists, technologists, and innovators of all types. Though their projects are unique, all Mozilla Awardees share a commitment to making the internet better for their communities and for all of us. Importantly, these leaders receive more than just funding as part of their Mozilla Awards — they gain a platform for sharing their work broadly and a global community of like-minded problem solvers.
SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system that media organizations can install to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. It was originally built by the late Aaron Swartz and is used by newsrooms all over the world, including The Guardian and the Associated Press. The MOSS program has supported this project with $500,000 USD.
The Southern Connected Communities Network is a people-powered solution that models what an affordable, reliable, and community-controlled broadband ISP can be in rural Appalachia and the American South. It consists of a line-of-sight broadband tower that can deliver gigabit speeds wirelessly to anyone in a 25 mile radius, which was built and is maintained by community members. The NSF-WINS Challenges awarded this project $400,000 USD..
Stealing Ur Feelings by Noah Levenson will be an interactive film that reveals how social networks and apps use your face to secretly collect data about your emotions. The documentary will explore how emotion recognition AI determines if you’re happy or sad — and how companies use that information to influence your behavior. The Creative Media Awards awarded this project $50,000 USD.
Real Time Wetland Restoration Mapping and Analysis is a project at Kalapuya High School in Eugene, OR, an alternative high school for at-risk students. As part of the school’s innovative curriculum, it partners with the Army Corps of Engineers, which is currently carrying out wetlands restoration work in the region. Students are paid to catalogue local flora using handheld Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. The Gigabit Community Fund awarded this project a $20,000 USD grant.
The Responsible Computer Science Challenge supports the integration of ethics into undergraduate computer science curricula. Learn more.
The Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program funds technologies in the open-source and free software movement that align with Mozilla’s mission and advance internet health. Learn more.
The Creative Media Awards fund art that explores the impact of artificial intelligence on society. Learn more.