Introducing Season 3 of IRL, Mozilla’s Original Podcast
"It’s clear: our world is more connected today than ever before. It’s not all good, and it’s not all bad. But it’s all new, and it’s changing our human experience. We log on to find love. To do business. To join communities. But every time we access the Web, we enter into agreements with big tech. What are these agreements? What do we gain, and what do we lose? Season 3 of IRL is all about exploring those tradeoffs."
"The Bookmarks Library window gives you a tidy place to sort, file, rearrange and otherwise manage the shortcuts to your favorite places on the web."
"These are issues that always carry a sense of urgency. But this month’s graduation feels like it’s happening at a real crescendo. In 2018 and especially the past few months, the internet’s bearing on opportunity, expression and discourse has never been more obvious."
"If you have heard of blockchain, you likely associate it with bitcoin, speculation, and maybe the Winklevoss twins. But make no mistake, despite all the explainers and opinion pieces on Medium, most people have never heard the words “block” and “chain” morphed into one."
“The Amish use us as an experiment,” says Jameson Wetmore, an engineer turned social researcher at the Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. “They watch what happens when we adopt new technology, and then they decide whether that’s something they want to adopt themselves.”
“As of 2015, Hamilton was broke, homeless, and sleeping on the floor of the San Francisco International Airport. By day, she pitched investors across the Bay Area. Her dream: To change the face of Silicon Valley by creating a venture capital fund that invests in “underestimated” founders”
"Still, why would you replace the stock browser on any of your company’s machines? So you can be an IT hero, of course."
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“He was writing in the service of building his own brand, which is about rebranding other people’s brands.”
"It’s important for quality content like this to thrive—and a critical way it’s funded is through advertising. But unfortunately, today, this advertising model is broken. It doesn’t respect user privacy, it’s not transparent, and it lacks control, all the while starting to move us toward low quality, clickbait content."
“The Mozilla Corporation is a public benefit company. We do not have a set of stock holders that we need to maximize revenue for. I think that’s a critical component to, in the end, why we make the decisions that we make,” Mr. Erwin told MPs. “We also have a user base that really cares about privacy and a set of developers that work with us that also care a lot about their privacy, and that factor really influences our decisions.”
“Nobody thinks Facebook, YouTube, and the like are going away. But now, it’s becoming clear that they can’t replace the whole internet either, as once seemed their destiny — and, indeed, that no executive in their right mind would want to swallow it whole.”
"One reporter’s reaction after using the tool: “Yikes.” Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and alt-right provocateurs recommend giving it a whirl."
"Often, these companies are building robust pictures of your habits, sometimes across devices, which can ultimately be used to sell ads."