By Solana Larsen | September 30, 2019
People read the Internet Health Report for many reasons, but one of the most important is to discover “what can be done” to make the internet healthier.
This simple finding is the result of dozens of interviews we conducted with readers and contributors about their needs and wants since we published the 2019 report in April.
We’re happy to say that exploring ‘“what can be done” will now be the Internet Health Report’s main purpose.
Worldwide, we’re flooded with bad news about the internet but have few places to turn for clarity about the root causes and possible solutions. Where we previously emphasized measurements of the health of the internet, we will now foreground products, technology, research, governance, activism, and community leadership that could be supported or replicated for positive impact. Our stories will continue to reflect the Mozilla Foundation’s focus on trustworthy AI, and internet health more broadly.
Three other things will be different in 2019/2020:
Why we’re shifting focus
The Internet Health Report has earned praise for its accessible language, wide breadth of issues, narrative storytelling, elegant design, and expansive worldview. It has been instrumental in exploring and articulating what it means for the internet to be ‘healthy’ from year to year.
But we’ve also learned over three reports (2017, 2018, 2019) just how hard it is to “measure” the state of the internet through a series of indicators as we originally set out to do. So many of the issues people worry about the most are not easily quantified in metrics. Even within a single country, the experience and quality of the internet can differ enormously depending on who you are.
By focusing on solutions, we can better surface the promising approaches of big and small communities worldwide, and keep envisioning a healthier internet together.
We’d love to hear your response to any of the above: tweet @ us or send us an email. Does a sharper focus on “solutions” satisfy your needs? Are there other ideas for the next version of the report you would like us to consider? How would like to get involved?