Mozilla's Mark Up: Changing the World

For years, Mozilla has worked to provide free and open access on the Web for people around the globe. Even as a non-profit organization, the Mozilla Project (as they call themselves) has provided sound applications without cost to the users - most notably the Firefox web browser.

 In a field where competition and profit-making are so prevalent, how is Mozilla able to operate and compete with other developers? While reading The Mozilla Manifesto, it's clear that their focus is not on making money, but allowing open access to the Web for all:

The Mozilla project is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet. We have worked together since 1998 to ensure that the Internet is developed in a way that benefits everyone.
It's a unique approach to software development and life altogether. Quite often we are worried about what we need as individuals, what will provide us with security, information, and the tools needed to survive in this world. Mozilla's approach is that the Internet is a resource for all people to use. Think of the idea: the sharing of ideas and resources for the improvement of humanity...its a concept that is truly Gospel avant garde.

Mozilla's recent project is called Mark Up. In their own words, they express the idea behind this unique project:

The Web is an integral part of modern life.
It is an educator, a communicator, an entertainer, an inspirer, a collaboration of all our creative efforts.
It sparks movements and enables us to share our ideas, our thoughts, our dreams.

The Web is our creation.
We are all contributors, the ones who use the Web every day.
And all the comments and uploads we make add up to something bigger.
This is why we believe that the Web must remain open and accessible to all.

Mark Up is a celebration of that freedom.
Each person's mark is an individual expression on a continuous line symbolizing solidarity.
It is a declaration and a chance to show your support for a people's Web.
I'm reminded of Einstein's thoughts on the cosmic religious...the indescribable pursuit for oneness with the universe and all Creation. While Mozilla doesn't claim to be a religious group, the pursuit of unifying ideal, be it for the Web or for the Kingdom, gives me endless opportunity to reflect on the nature of technology and how it impacts our lives.

So, being filled with the oneness of the Spirit and the pursuit of the Greater Good, I could think of only one word to add to the Mark Up project:

originally posted at Midwest Capuchins Blog

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