Is the internet a public resource worth protecting for the next generation?

A Q&A with Mark Surman, executive director of Mozilla

Why It Matters

There’s a lot of talk, about protecting resources like water, forests, and languages for future generations. Is the internet worth protecting in the same way? Future of Good publisher Vinod Rajasekaran sits down with Mark Surman, executive director of Mozilla to talk about what a web worth protecting looks like, and how it needs to change to get there. Part of Future of Good’s Tech and Philanthropy series.

What does the internet have in common with the natural environment? According to Mozilla Executive Director Mark Surman, quite a bit. It can be exploited, power over its offerings is concentrated, and, ultimately, it’s a public resource that we all have a responsibility to protect and strengthen for future generations. 

In this installment of our series looking at tech and philanthropy, Future of Good publisher Vinod Rajasekaran dives into the future of an ethical, democratized digital world with a world-renowned leader in this space. 

Vinod Rajasekaran: How would you characterize the information age we’re living in?

Mark Surman: There are two things I would think about in this information age. One is the obvious — a tremendous amount of global connectivity and personal connectivity. We’re closer to each other through the internet than w

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