The Internet is becoming an increasingly important part of our lives.

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. We use an open, community-based approach to create open source software and communities of people involved in making the Internet experience better for all of us.

The Mozilla project is best known for creating the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Our community is delivering world class results using our open style and our vision of the Internet as a public resource.

As a result of these efforts, we have distilled a set of principles that we believe are critical for the Internet to continue to benefit both the public good and the commercial aspects of life. We set out these principles in the Mozilla Internet Manifesto presented below.

These principles will not come to life on their own. People are needed to make the Internet open and participatory – people acting as individuals, working together in groups, and leading others. The Mozilla Foundation is committed to advancing the principles set out in the Mozilla Manifesto. We invite others to join us and make the Internet an ever better place for all of us.


  1. The Internet is an integral part of modern life -- a key component in education, communication, collaboration, business, entertainment and society as a whole.
  2. The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
  3. The Internet should enrich the lives of individual human beings.
  4. Individuals' security on the Internet is fundamental and cannot be treated as optional.
  5. Individuals must have the ability to shape their own experiences on the Internet.
  6. The effectiveness of the Internet as a public resource depends upon technological interoperability, innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.
  7. Free and open source software promotes the development of the Internet as a public resource.
  8. Transparent community-based development processes promote participation, accountability, and trust.
  9. Commercial involvement in the development of the Internet brings many benefits; a balance between commercial goals and public benefit is critical.
  10. Magnifying the public benefit aspects of the Internet is an important goal, worthy of time, attention and commitment.

Advancing the Mozilla Manifesto

There are many different ways of supporting the principles of the Mozilla Manifesto. People and organizations can support the Manifesto through activities that match their expertise and interests. For individuals, one very effective way to support the Manifesto is to use Mozilla Firefox and other open source products that embody the principles of the Manifesto.

Mozilla Foundation pledge

The Mozilla Foundation pledges to support the Mozilla Internet Manifesto in its activities. Specifically, we will:

  • build and enable open-source technologies and communities that support the Manifesto's principles
  • build and deliver great consumer products that support the Manifesto's principles
  • use the Mozilla assets (intellectual property, infrastructure, funds and reputation) to keep the Internet an open platform
  • promote models for creating economic value for the public benefit
  • promote the Mozilla Manifesto principles in public discourse and within the Internet industry

Some Foundation activities – in particular the creation, delivery and adoption of consumer products – are conducted primarily through the Mozilla Foundation's wholly owned subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation.


The Mozilla Foundation invites all others who support the principles of the Mozilla Internet Manifesto to join with us, and to find new ways to make these principles a greater part of our lives.


Readers and Mozilla contributors are invited to discuss the Mozilla Manifesto on the Mozilla.Governance mailing list / newsgroup