Why we bother : a perspective from Mozilla

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard responds to Microsoft’s news that they will drop Edge and adopt a Chromium base for a new browser.

From a social, civic and individual empowerment perspective ceding control of fundamental online infrastructure to a single company is terrible. This is why Mozilla exists. We compete with Google not because it’s a good business opportunity. We compete with Google because the health of the internet and online life depend on competition and choice. They depend on consumers being able to decide we want something better and to take action.

I think this also puts the case for /e/ quite well. Why take on Google? Crazy idea. But we are compelled to do so, because to step back is to say we’re OK with one company taking over everything.

(Thanks to an article by Matt Hughes for bringing this to my attention)