The open web is in constant peril. Almost a generation ago, everyone worried Microsoft, which had the dominant web browser of the time, could dictate the content people saw and the tools developers use. Its dominance faded, but the rise of mobile prompted new concerns about the role Apple and Google play as gatekeepers to the web. And Facebook’s control over what people see and share online continues growing.
Since its founding in 2003, the Mozilla Foundation has served as a check on the power of tech giants like those. It’s among the few organizations in Silicon Valley that isn’t out to make anyone rich.