|Mozilla Looks Into Health of Internet|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Wednesday, 25 January 2017|
Mozilla has released The Internet Health Report v.0.1 covering five key topics: decentralization, digital inclusion, open innovation, privacy and security, and web literacy. It marks the start of an open-source initiative to document the state of the internet.
Mozilla’s goal is to start a constructive discussion about the health of the internet and it has provided fuel for the debate by publishing a 40-page report collating research and statistics from multiple sources that reveals what is currently healthy and unhealthy.
Introducing the report Mozilla (or moz://a as it now styles itself after a rebranding exercise that has banished its Godzilla-derived monster) states:
The Internet is an ecosystem. A living entity that billions of people depend on for knowledge, livelihood, self-expression, love…. The health of this system relies on – and influences – everyone it touches. Signs of poor health in any part impacts the whole. We’re all connected.
This initial version, which is provided as a pdf as well as on its own dedicated website, is described as:
[A] prototype – a snapshot of a moment in time in the life of the Internet – [which] identifies five health markers that we believe are worth paying attention to and offers an initial prognosis for each.
The introduction concludes:
Together, we’ll strengthen this living document into an annual report on Internet health. In the months ahead, we’ll facilitate a gathering of community to collaborate on ideas, research, and ways to measure. This will influence version 1.0 of the report, to be released in late 2017. We hope that it will inspire worldwide action toward an internet that grows healthier as it grows.
The five topics and their fundamental questions are:
Among the healthy findings, Mozilla points out that over three billion people online commenting:
There are now more Internet users in emerging economies than in developed economies, which is a big step towards increasing the diversity of voices online. That’s worth celebrating. Mobile phones have put the Internet within reach of more young people, women and rural areas than ever before.
The unhealthy corollary is that half of the world's population is still offline and that mobile-only access limits what people can do online:
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In addition to charts, many of them maps which show where around the globe the situation is healthy and unhealthy, there are also "featured stories" addressing each of the issues. This means that the report offers a good deal of interesting reading that invites response and is a call to action.
The report includes its own timetable, indicating that that Version 1.0 will be published at the end of the year and that it is seen as an ongoing annual exercise:
Feedback is important for the success of this initiative You can comment via the website and sign up to receive email updates and the report encourages readers to email its editor Solana Larsen.
or email your comment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 January 2017 )|