Mozilla Information Trust Initiative
Mozilla is working to surface new ideas that seek to address misinformation, cognitive bias, “belief echos,” and algorithmic “filter bubbles.” The initiative will launch efforts in four areas: products, research, visualization, and literacy. If you would like to help with this initiative, or receive updates as we announce the specifics, just use the sign-up form on the right.
The spread of misinformation violates nearly every tenet of the Mozilla Manifesto, our guiding doctrine. Mozilla has a long history of putting community and principles first, and devoting resources to urgent issues—our Firefox browser is just one example. Mozilla is committed to building tolerance rather than hate, and building technology that can protect individuals and the web.
So we’re drawing on the unique depth and breadth of the Mozilla Network—from journalists and technologists to policymakers and scientists—to build functional products, research, and community-based solutions.
Specifically, we’re advancing work in these areas:
Mozilla’s Open Innovation team will work with like-minded technologists and artists to develop technology that combats misinformation.
Mozilla will partner with global media organizations to do this, and also double down on our existing product work in the space, like Pocket, Focus, and Coral. Coral is a Mozilla project that builds open-source tools to make digital journalism more inclusive and more engaging.
We can’t solve misinformation with technology alone—we also need to educate and empower Internet users, as well as those leading innovative literacy initiatives.
Mozilla will develop a web literacy curriculum that addresses misinformation, and will continue investing in existing projects like the Mission: Information teaching kit.
Misinformation in the digital age is a relatively new phenomenon. To solve such a thorny problem, we first need to fully understand it.
Later this year, Mozilla will be releasing original research on how misinformation impacts users’ experiences online. We will be drawing on a dataset of user-level browsing data gathered during the 2016 U.S. elections.
Mozilla will field and fund pitches from technologists and artists who are combatting misinformation using various mediums, including virtual reality and augmented reality. It’s an opportunity to apply emerging technology to one of today’s most pressing issues.