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Regarding Firefox and Mozilla

Mozilla, maker of Firefox, is a non-profit company that is very dear to my heart.

Without Mozilla's efforts to support an open Internet that respects standards and users' privacy it is extremely likely that we would have wound up with a Microsoft-dominated Internet in the 2000s or a Google-dominated Internet in the current decade.

Additionally, Mozilla releases source code to all of its software, allowing all of us to participate in its development or modify it for our own purposes. They do much good.

Recently Mozilla named a new CEO, Brendan Eich, who donated $1,000 to an anti gay-marriage organization in 2008. This is unacceptable. Marriage is one of the many basic rights that all humans should have, and one of the many rights frequently denied to same-sex couples.

It is unacceptable even though Mozilla has an inclusive culture and mission statement and puts its money where its mouth is by extending benefits to same-sex partners of all employees. One wrong and one right don't make two rights, and many rights don't erase a single wrong.

However, I don't believe that blindly switching browsers away from Firefox to Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, or Chrome (as OK Cupid has advised its users) is a ethically a step forward. Those for-profit companies have many questionable practices that dwarf a $1,000 donation to a shitty cause.

Instead, we should pressure Mozilla to reconsider its choice of CEO: here or on Twitter or on Facebook or anywhere else we can.

PS: If you must switch away from Firefox, I would recommend Chromium as a least-bad alternative. Chromium is the basis of Google's Chrome, but using it does not financially support Google in any way that I am aware of.

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