I’m back, and rather tiredly working through the large backlog of almost 1000 non-spam Mozilla-related emails.
As you all will be aware, the big news during my absence was the formation of a new taxable subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, called the Mozilla Corporation. When it became clear that continuing with our current structure could jeopardise the Foundation’s non-profit tax-exempt status, several options were examined and this was seen as the best way forward. I was honoured to be invited to be part of the Advisory Committee which helped the Mozilla Foundation board to steer its way through the complicated legal, organisational, financial, ownership, communication and other issues involved.
As Frank Hecker’s blogpost mentioned, he is the new Director of Policy for the Foundation, and I am staying with the Foundation rather than moving to the subsidiary with the rest of the current Foundation employees. In fact, I was hired by the Foundation last month with exactly this in mind. We are joined by Zak Greant, who I believe I met briefly at EuroFoo 2004; all three of us currently work part-time.
Some of you may not bet too familiar with Frank’s previous work for the project, which has been rather behind the scenes. He and I have collaborated in the past on the CA certificate policy and other security and policy issues, and I have great respect for his clarity of analysis. He is exactly the right person for the job, and I’m very excited to be working for him.
Frank is currently offline for personal reasons, so I don’t want to start making grand statements about the future activities of the Foundation. However, one area we hope to turn our attention to sooner rather than later is the issue of governance. Now that the Foundation and the Corporation are separate, it gives those of us in the Foundation a chance to step back and look at things such as the role of mozilla.org staff. In the near future, we hope to establish a mechanism within the community for having those very important discussions.
It seems that most of the questions about the formation of MozCo have been answered over the past few days; however, if any still remain that you think I can answer, feel free to ask them here.