Mozilla, the community behind the Firefox web browser, is now accepting bitcoin donations. Several Bitcoiners- both internal and external to the community- had been pushing for the move.
Coinbase is facilitating the bitcoin payment integration. As for all nonprofits, Coinbase will not be charging Mozilla any fees for the service.
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More than just a browser, the community states to “promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Internet” through several projects. As pointed out in the Coinbase blog:
“Firefox is Mozilla’s most well known project, but the Foundation is responsible for many initiatives designed to make the Internet a better place. Donations to the Foundation support education projects such as Mozilla Webmaker, and advocacy initiatives such as stopwatching.us and the fight for net neutrality.“
Indeed, Mozilla reportedly started working on its Polaris initiative with the Tor Project, which will aim to bring new privacy features to its products. The initiative launched shortly after the height of the “Onymous” operation, which saw several hundred Tor domains seized and multiple arrests. Investigators successfully overcame Tor’s existing privacy safeguards, although it remains to be clarified how.