open the past, create the future

Mozilla and I

I am an employee of the Mozilla Foundation. My colleagues at the Foundation and the broader community we support are an extraordinary group of people aligned around a mission for an open and inclusive web. We work tirelessly to create the conditions for everyone to thrive in an age defined by the web. My colleagues spend their lives actively and vocally advocating for open, inclusive societies through the web.

I can’t walk away from these people nor the cause I share with them nor the potential for Mozilla to once again be known as the champion to all but neither can I continue to earn my living from Mozilla while it is seen to exclude and alienate anyone. So as of today, I am on unpaid leave. Hardly a brave act but one that I can take that doesn’t break my heart at the thought of permanently severing my connection to an organisation that I hope will very soon find its way back to the core values that I hold so dear. I will continue to work next to my colleagues for an open, inclusive web, continue to help Mozilla through these difficult days but I will do so as a volunteer for as long as I can.


Update: 28th March 2014

Under UK employment law I am not able to take unpaid leave and continue to work substantively for Mozilla. Given that, I have elected to stay in a paid role but will be donating my salary to Mozilla’s Webmaker programme –


Update: 30th March 2014

I am delighted that Mozilla has issued such a strong, positive statement on our position on equality


About these ads

Filed under: Uncategorized

7 Responses

  1. Schlukitz says:

    Thank you for placing yourself on the right side of history. Those of us who support your values and your mission for an open and inclusive web are solidly behind you.

  2. Thank you. I join Schlukitz in her/his sentiment.

  3. Rob G says:

    Nice to see someone with true convictions. I applaud you

  4. […] Le Dieu, a senior director at Mozilla, went one step further: In a short post to her personal blog, Le Dieu said she was taking an unpaid […]

  5. Don Keho says:

    You know that Brendan is the CEO of a completely different company than the Foundation you work for, right? By US tax law Firefox money earned by the taxable corporation isn’t shared back with the non-profit foundation so you’re not even indirectly profiting from his work.

  6. […] to work under him. While this may be true, what would I do if he declined? Would I be able to take the same stance as my colleague Paula and walk away? Much as I would like to say yes, I know deep down that this […]

  7. […] of them called for Mr. Eich’s resignation. One employee in Britain, Paula Le Dieu, put herself on “unpaid leave” in protest. Others stopped short of calling for Mr. Eich’s ouster but expressed frustration that […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Archiville shorts

  • RT @matlock: Congrats to @makielab on your BAFTA nomination! <- \o/ 1 hour ago
  • #LFF2014 Done! Fave: Whiplash One to watch: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Special mentions: The New Girlfriend & all the prod designers 1 day ago
  • Kill Me Three Times Paid assassins in small town coastal Australia + Beautiful Western Australian coastline #LFF2014 1 day ago
  • A Little Chaos Madame De Barra is one of the King’s gardeners at Versaille + Kate Winslet & the character of De Barra. Stylish #LFF2014 1 day ago
  • The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom Classic chinese tale of magic, political intrigue, love, kick arse witchy warriors & war #LFF2014 2 days ago
  • RT @joroach: What does it say about our democracy that an artist and journalist is unable to travel without fear to the UK? #citizenfour 2 days ago
  • Citizenfour Great docu - Ed Snowden’s days in Hong Kong + unique access to Snowden at critical time in his story. Timely reminder. #LFF2014 2 days ago
  • Serena Period melodrama set in the Smoky Mountains + Jennifer Lawrence, Smoky Mountains - ambivalent about this story at this time #LFF2014 2 days ago
  • Hungry Hearts Disturbing story of obsessed parenting lingers after you are done + Alba Rohrwacher, Adam Driver & Roberta Maxwell. #LFF2014 2 days ago
  • A 3 film day yesterday. Highlight was seeing Hungry Hearts & then congratulating Alba Rohrwacher for an extraordinary performance #LFF2014 2 days ago
  • #LFF2014 Whiplash really was an extraordinary film. Favourite so far. Miles Teller & JK Simmons completely owning student/mentor roles 5 days ago
  • Whiplash Thrilling journey to the moment of true jazz improv + JK Simmons, Miles Teller & drumming! Standing O at the UK Premiere #LFF2014 5 days ago
  • Testament of Youth Thoughtful dramatisation of Vera Brittain’s WW1 autobiography + Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington & costumes #LFF2014 6 days ago
  • Rosewater Warm, understated story of Maziar Bahari’s experience surviving Iran’s Revolutionary Guard prison + Gael García Bernal #LFF2014 6 days ago
  • Stray Dog Intimate documentary of the life of a great American known as Stray Dog + insightful, character led - getting started #LFF2014 1 week ago

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: