Choosing Security

Originally posted on on June 11, 2011

Some of the most common reasons I hear from people for coming to Mozilla are “I want to have an impact”, “I want to work on things that matter” and “I want my work to touch lots of people”. Many of us have worked on projects independently and struggled to get anyone to notice, much less care.

Mozilla is a huge platform, a megaphone, for getting noticed. It is due to the trust in the Mozilla brand itself as well as direct access to hundreds of millions of users through our established products. As such its an incredibly appealing avenue to having the impact we desire.

However, with that great power comes great responsibility. Utilizing Mozilla’s brand and reach comes with the duty of ensuring that we are not putting our users at risk and undermining trust in our brand and existing products. That duty is reflected in additional scrutiny and reviews that you would not be subject to if you were doing something completely independently.

Our goal during each project lifecycle is trying to help each team have the impact they want. The best way to do so is to engage us early and often in your project, and listen to our feedback. We can help you understand the concerns and challenges you could face not just from Mozilla as an organization, but also from our users, web developers, website admins and the security community. Engaging us proactively maximizes your chances of shipping what you want, when you want to.

Conversely, ignoring recommendations, trying to delay or barrel through the review process or simply bypassing it entirely by releasing stuff through novel channels will likely end in an outcome very different from what you desire.

Please choose wisely!

Author: Lucas Adamski

20+ years in the bay area, with a diverse experience of leading hybrid software/hardware products, security, web platforms, devops and helping drive product. Diverse background from tiny startups to large corporations, lots of experience with distributed teams and building high trust cultures (and occasionally, failing to).

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