The Manifesto Mitchell Baker wrote for the free software community Mozilla declared the Internet a global public resource and privacy a fundamental right that "should not be treated as optional."
Twenty years later, as executive chairman and "Chief Lizard Wrangler" of the Mozilla Foundation, Baker says she is on a mission to reaffirm these principles and update her for a time in online privacy, She also works to renew interest in Mozilla's flagship, the Firefox browser.
Baker spoke with The Associated Press on the sidelines of MIT's Solve conference, asking questions and making comments edited for length and clarity.
Q: How did you come up with "Demand better of the internet" as your five-word acceptance speech for the Webby Awards Lifeby Achievement Award?
A: I thought of one that was very ambitious ̵
Question: What do you think about Europe's new, stricter data rules?
A: As a sign that some societies are becoming active, they are extremely helpful. The options are to do nothing and hope things will resolve themselves. Or take action, such as the European Union, knowing that some things work and others do not, but that as a society we need to take a position that makes the current path of commercial companies unacceptable.
Q: What data do Mozilla have?
A: For many years, we tried to collect absolutely nothing because we thought that was the best way to ensure privacy and security. We have moved in the last few years. But the spirit of the (EU) law has always tried Mozilla to fulfill. The data we have is mainly about our own product. We do not sell it. We do not monetize it.
Q: How is Firefox?
A: There is no question that Google (Google) has beaten us for several years. They had the latest generation of technology and that has been shown. Once you have a product, it's hard to change something so deep in the guts. But we have found a way to do it.
Starting in November, we have the technical crown again with our Firefox Quantum version. It's not easy to reach out to consumers about getting used to the browsers you use, but we have some reactions.
Q: How is Mozilla dealing with virtual reality and augmented reality?
A: Our vision is this thing we called the internet. Send a link and everyone can click on it. That seems obvious. But so AR and VR are not today, where to choose (a system). If I want to see that content, I have to move on to the next closed system. We try to make it interoperable so that developers really have a chance to do something new, and consumers like us can find and see what we want.