Mitchell Baker is chairwoman of the Mozilla Corporation and Foundation. She is a strong advocate for the open web and open source applications and is highly regarded as one of the pioneers responsible for designing the web into what it is today. Baker was instrumental in Netscape’s 1998 decision to release its source code to the public. This led to the release of the Firefox browser and the creation of the Mozilla Project as one of the most influential technology organizations in the world. TIME magazine has included Baker in its global list of the 100 most influential people and Bloomberg listed her as one of the 25 most influential people on the web.
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Internet creators ask the FCC to cancel the repeal of net neutrality regulations, stating, “We are the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet, and some of the innovators and business people who, like many others, depend on it for our livelihood. We are writing to respectfully urge you to call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the December 14 vote on the FCC’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order.”
With the repeal of net neutrality regulations, Mitchell Baker argues that blocking content and bundling sites becomes possible.
“So why is the FCC trying to export the flawed and unpopular cable TV business architecture to the realm of internet service? The short answer is that corporate interests are using their extensive influence to promote an ‘internet for the elites.’”
“What we love about the web, or the open internet, as we call it now, is that it was designed not to be owned by any one person.”
Before the repeal, Mitchell Baker wrote, “At Mozilla we believe the current rules provide vital protections to ensure that ISPs don’t act as gatekeepers for online content and services.”
“Those who oppose neutrality claim that government involvement—even to ensure an open and competitive market—is somehow bad for business. This claim is wrong and cannot be left unchallenged. It contradicts the history of the Internet, and threatens its foundations.”
After the 2015 passing of net neutrality regulations, Mitchell Baker thanks all that made this possible
Mitchell Baker talks about the importance of openness for the web, technology, and human experience.