Mozilla Manifesto(excerpt) - The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible. - The Internet should enrich the lives of individual human beings. - Individuals security on the Internet is fundamental and cannot be treated as optional. - Individuals must have the ability to shape their own experiences on the Internet.
Program or be programmed (a book by Douglas Rushkoff)
When humans beings acquiredlanguage, we learned not justto listen but how to speak.When we gained literacy, welearned not how to read buthow to write. And as we moveinto increasingly digital reality,we must learn not just how touse programs but how tomake them.
In the emerging, highlyprogrammed landscape ahead,you will either create the softwareor you will be the software. It’sreally that simple: program, or beprogrammed. Choose the former,and you gain access to thecontrol panel of civilization.Choose the latter, and it could bethe last real choice you get tomake.
In a PC world- You have to pick a platform (Windows, Mac OS, GNU/Linux)- You create or buy or download software- You use software- Unhappy? - Use some other software - Patch it (if it’s Open Source / Free Software)
In a Web world- Create/buy/install the software you want on you server OR use existing service- Use it in any browser, any device, from everywhere- No need to ask permission from anyone for writing, deploying and using software! (Unless you use someone else’s service)
In a Smartphoneworld- Pick a device (that comes with an OS and an AppStore)- Buy (or not) software that was allowed to be featured in the AppStore. (Signiﬁcant censorship issues there)- Want to patch? You’re out of luck. (Generativity/ participation issue there).- Switching platform? Out of luck too. (Vendor lock-in)
2012 is the year whenthe smartphones will outsell PCs
We’re entering aworld where:- The end-users have less control than with PCs and the Web- Tinkering / hacking / programming / creating is discouraged- Vendor lock-in is more important- Censorship is more powerful