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Posted on 04/04/2014 6:26:53 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
Under the heading Brendan Eich steps down as CEO, Mozilla has posted the following statement in the name of executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker. Eich has stepped down from his position at Mozilla days after his appointment, following the revelation that he contributed $1,000 to the campaign supporting the passage of Prop 8 in California six years ago. The Wall Street Journal covers the story here.
Bakers statement is must reading, though it requires some translation. It is not exactly straightforward. Using the mandatory shibboleths, the statement refers to a corporate culture of diversity and inclusiveness. If youve read 1984, you can probably handle the translation without help from me:
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didnt live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: its because we havent stayed true to ourselves.
We didnt act like youd expect Mozilla to act. We didnt move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. Were sorry. We must do better.
Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. Hes made this decision for Mozilla and our community.
Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.
We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.
While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.
We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.
Whats next for Mozillas leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: thats what it means to protect the open Web.
We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved.
Thank you for sticking with us.
Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman
“We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public.”
Amazing, isn’t it?
They just better be the “correct” beliefs and opinions.
Thanks for that. was wondering what browzer to use.
Gaystapo and the lavender mafia claim another win.
And, let Mozilla know who their customer base is.
Opera is the best. Hands down. And it can be used on computers, tablets and phones.
And no way to respond to this? Where’s an e-mail contact address to this Mitchell guy? I’d like to send him my comments about “diversity”. Does this “wide diversity of views” not include Eich’s right to have his own views?
And signed Mitchell Baker, Executive ChairWOMAN
Now that’s a title you don’t see everyday especially with such a male sounding name. Who wants to lay bets that “Mitchell” is LGBT friendly?
Thanks. Downloading now. :)
What’s Orwellian about that? I don’t think it means what you think it means.
It is a good statement in my opinion, but they should have fought back aganst the gaystapo nazi’s
Chick-fil-A would not have fired their CEO over this.
Any company that engages in this type of newthink rightthinking blather does not deserve to stay in business. Leftist militancy must be combatted with militant defense for heterosexual marriage and traditional values. Mozilla must suffer the economic consequences of their actions.
Or do Safari!
Have you ever read 1984? “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength” and all that?
For Mozilla to say that “Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public” when they just forced out their CEO precisely because he had shared his beliefs and opinions in public is exactly the same sort of blatant propagandistic lying nonsense.
Wow! Opera has improved tremendously from the ad-sponsored version of 8 years or so ago when I last tried it. Fast! What Firefox used to be.
I would like to do that, I installed Opera last night, but found no way to import bookmarks of which I have many, and also my Reminder Fox Calendar has schedules out to beyond a year.
I have used nothing but Firefox for many years, never thought I would want to dump it, anyone know how to import bookmarks and calendar from firefox?
I did last night already, and I’m passing word on to those I know.
Opera for the Android is fantastic too! Incredibly fast.
Know anything about SRWare?
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