With the end of a fiscal year, Mozilla recently released an annual report that includes the financial status and overall situation. Mozilla, founded in 1998, currently consists of two organizations: the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation. The former aims to mobilize global citizens to launch Internet health campaigns; the latter creates products and explores new technologies.
The report states that Mozilla Corporation’s revenue and contributions received by the Mozilla Foundation will be reinvested to advance Mozilla’s continued protection of the Internet’s health. Mozilla Corporation derives most of its revenue from global browser search partnerships, including Google, Baidu, and Yandex. In FY 2018, Mozilla Corporation generated $435.7 million in revenue from royalties, subscriptions, and advertising. In fiscal 2017, it was $542 million, but it was a special case of “outliers” due to changes in the search revenue transactions negotiated that year.
The keyword of the overall report inherits Mozilla’s usual philosophy: “Privacy and Internet Security”. To this end, Mozilla has made such efforts in terms of products in the past two years:
- Brings a key privacy feature to the flagship Firefox browser-tracking protection is enabled by default
- Added Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) as a default feature for desktop and Android browsers in 2019. Since July 2019, the Firefox browser with ETP enabled by default has blocked more than 10 billion trackers
- Launched the free service Firefox Monitor in 2018 for people to check if their email account passwords have been leaked, this year the service has been further optimized
- Launched Password Manager Lockwise
- Provide security agent function for US users
- Launched Firefox Lite 2.0 in Taiwan, India, and Indonesia, which focuses on fast browsing and privacy, blocking ads and trackers by default
- Encrypt traffic with a new HTTPS-based standard DNS (DoH)
In addition to addressing privacy and security issues at the product level, Mozilla has been committed to driving ecosystem-level change over the past two years, “by seeking strong privacy and security standards and corporate accountability in the industry and public policy defend the user. ” This includes urging other companies and blocking work on privacy, security, and actively participating in relevant policy development and activities.