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The Mozilla Foundation is driven by a mission to help keep the Internet an open, global, public resource accessible to all. With a mission like that, it is perhaps unsurprising that Mozilla is constantly cooking up things that might be of interest to a nonprofit like yours. The following are a couple we think you might find intriguing and useful.
Project Common Voice is a Mozilla effort to build an open-source voice recognition engine that anyone can use to make innovative apps for devices and the web. The more people who donate recordings of their voice, the more useful the system will be. Would you be willing to donate a recording of yours?
Voice recognition makes working with and navigating the web more accessible. It also requires thousands of voice samples and data points. Most of the data that drives common voice applications is not open or accessible to those who might want to build useful tech for their communities.
If you think voice recognition could do more for your constituency or people you know, consider taking a few seconds to give Mozilla a shout-out (literally) at Project Common Voice.
Keeping your organization's data and constituents secure is no small feat. Though there are numerous security tools available to nonprofits, many nonprofits haven't encrypted their sites. Encrypting your site with HTTPS helps keep visitors safe and is increasingly required by web browsers in order for your site to simply show up in search results.
Let's Encrypt is a free, automated, easy-to-use, and open certificate authority you can use to get started with HTTPS. If you don't see https:// before your URL, you might want to check it out. Implementing HTTPS means your site keeps showing up in search results and visitors don't get warning signs when they visit for the first time.
There are more than 4 billion people who don't have access to the Internet. That's 4 billion people who can't access services they need, or get all the good news, information, insight, or distraction they want. If you work with people who might not always have easy access to the Internet, and think they could use it, check out the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) Challenges.
WINS is a challenge and a campaign to source and support wireless innovations to connect underserved communities. Winning ideas will share $2 million in prize money to build solutions. You can pitch an idea of your own or offer feedback on the solutions your community could use.
Finally, the recently concluded Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge yielded a ton of great ideas for better connecting the unconnected. Solutions for free public Wi-Fi and rural broadband need organizations like yours that might use them or get the word out. Check them out! Perhaps there's one that might be good for your community.
See more on the Mozilla Foundation and all it gets up to on the Mozilla Foundation website.
I really enjoyed your practical approach to security. Kudos for avoiding the fear trap and providing easy to follow and useful advice. Thanks Chris!
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