The European Commission recently published 2 documents:
* the Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union (English version; 20 pages)
* the Proposed Directive on Network and Information Security (English version; 27 pages + 2 annexes)
Mozilla is trying to work out whether we need to have a position on these documents and, if so, what that position should be. How might this affect the open web? Are there any actions we could or should take in response?
This is part of the work of the new Public Policy module. Particularly if you live in the EU, we would appreciate it if you would read one or the other and indicate any parts of it which are particularly of interest to you and to Mozilla.
The first document, the Strategy, sets forth the EU’s vision of cybersecurity. The second one, the proposed NIS Directive, if enacted, would require all Member States, and key “Internet enablers” such as e-commerce platforms, social networks, plus critical infrastructure companies (energy, transport, banking, and healthcare) to take action to ensure “a secure and trustworthy digital environment throughout the EU”. This might mean, for example, requiring them to adopt risk management practices and report major security incidents on their core services.
(I would expect these documents to be available in other EU languages but, although the press release is, I can’t see where the documents are. Pointers gratefully received.)
Summer of Code 2013 is on! The Mozilla Project is hoping to be involved again, so in the next five weeks we need to produce a list of suitable projects to support our application.
Can you think of an 8-week task you might be able to guide a student through? It doesn’t matter where in Mozilla you contribute. We are collecting project ideas for every part of the project – Firefox, Firefox OS, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Bugzilla, L10n, NSS, IT, Documentation and many more.
If you have an idea, put it on the Brainstorming page, which is our idea development scratchpad. Please read the instructions at the top – following them vastly increases your chances of your idea getting added to the formal Ideas page.
 For those who are not familiar with it, Summer of Code is where Google pays students to work on free software projects – as long as those projects can provide support and a mentor for the particular task the student is undertaking. This is a great opportunity for us as a project to introduce new people to Mozilla, and for you as an individual to get new people involved in your team :-) In the past, it has been the source of major features of our flagship products. For example, the 3D web page debugging tool Tilt started life as a SoC project.
The secret to being an effective community leader is to genuinely care about the health and well-being of your project, your community members, and your fellow human beings.
— Leslie Hawthorn, from her FOSDEM 2013 closing keynote