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Sharing your deepest emotions online: Did 2020 change the future of therapy?

Amid the COVID-19 lockdowns of early 2020, millions of Americans found themselves trapped at home with a backlog of unaddressed mental-health issues. As with so many other things, computer screens and video calls became the only portals out of lockdown—for work, entertainment and, ultimately, real psychological help.

How to actually enjoy being online again

COVID-19 accelerated changes in our behaviors that drove our lives increasingly online. Screens became our almost exclusive discovery point to the world. There were some benefits to this rapid shift. For many people, work was able to continue relatively uninterrupted at home, almost anything could be ordered online and delivered, and we were able to […]

Class of Zoom: The reality of virtual graduation, prom & college orientation

Last spring, Norah W. took note of how former President Barack Obama, Beyoncé and K-Pop band BTS broadcasted impassioned commencement speeches to the graduating class of 2020. Now that it’s her turn to mark the end of high school, she can’t help but feel disregarded. “It felt like the entire world mourned the class of […]

Detroit’s digital divide reminds us how far America has to go for internet equity

The need for equitable broadband internet access has been a problem since the term “digital divide” was first coined in the mid-1990s, but these conversations are getting renewed attention as a result of COVID-19 forcing lives online more rapidly in 2020 than ever before. At Mozilla, we are committed to building an internet that includes […]

You’ve been scraped, the Facebook data leak explained

In early April, it was reported that there had been a Facebook data leak, raising alarms among Facebook account holders. Half a billion Facebook accounts were impacted. The dataset is from 2019, so it had been out there, but not widely circulated. Over the weekend, the data started popping up on popular hacking forums for […]

Love lockdown: Four people reveal how they stay privacy-aware while using dating apps

Dating during a global pandemic is the definition of “it’s complicated”. Between the screen fatigue and social distancing, meeting someone in today’s world feels impossible. Yet, people are still finding ways to connect through dating apps.  Like lots of apps, what users might not realize is the amount of personal information revealed when using these […]

Four ways to protect your data privacy and still be online

Today is Data Privacy Day, which is a good reminder that data privacy is a thing, and you’re in charge of it. The simple truth: your personal data is very valuable, which is why companies are always looking for ways to collect it. Once your data is collected, it’s often impossible to know what it’s […]

Jessica Rosenworcel’s appointment is good for the internet

With a new year comes change, and one change we’re glad to see in 2021 is new leadership at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). On Thursday, Jan. 21, Jessica Rosenworcel, a longtime FCC commissioner, was appointed as acting chair. It’s an important role that will drive policy discussions affecting the internet and all of us […]

Twitter and Facebook: unfck the algorithms

Our socially distant reality is pretty damn weird, let’s be honest. Social networks shouldn’t make it any weirder — or more dangerous. And yet they are making it more dangerous while promising to “bring the world closer together.” Extremists are finding each other in Facebook groups to plan insurrections and other not-very-good-for-civic life things. Facebook […]

Get ready for virtual Halloween with Mozilla Hubs

Halloween is around the corner and like everything in 2020, it’s probably going to be different this year. Meeting up with friends is fraught, dunking for apples is right out, and going door-to-door for candy? Maybe not. The good news is you have a fun new option: virtual Halloween parties with Mozilla Hubs. What is […]