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Dear Mozilla,

Just wanted to give my thoughts on a video you made.

I am referring to the video with the people walking around with the 'text bubbles' above their head - it's about privacy.

2 key points to start with

1. The video is well made, funny, professional, good flow, good quality 2. I'd like to offer some food for thought

The tag is #YOUBEYOU

Which I like.

however some of the points don't work in this contect. For example, the contruction worker wants to hide the fact he's bought Justin Beiber tickets - then that's a form of guilt / shame - that's not 'You being You'.

It's important that whilst we reinforce privacy, we don't crumble into shameful, non communicative humans that hide away our true selves.

Each scene you had in the video, whilst highlighting privacy, also fails to address the core issue:


1. No baby – this is social values and cultural issues. I personally live between the UK and China so I know everything about parents giving their children pressure to get married. I also know that whilst this is tradition, in this modern age in China it's not how young modern women think. Women still struggle here to compete as equals with men, and the added pressure from parents makes it doubley hard. I met one girl who was literally shaking in tears as she had to go to her home town to her traditional family who would give her the silent treatment and scowl at her for not even having a boyfriend.

2. Blue poop – health information should not be embarrassing and be open. This begs the question: if we were as a society with strong moral values and discipline and a healthy mind balance - then we should not be ashamed of anything being public knowledge. I appreciate if someone has genital warts then they don't want this as public knowledge, but then we also need to address (in that particular case) our society towards sex education, censorship of sex in media etc - is this about privacy or about the fact that as a world we are not open enough because we're all a bunch of depressed perverts? (lol)

3. Justin Beiber – society judging people. Why be ashamed of buying Justin Beiber tickets? Someone would call this guy a 'fag'? 'Oh you fag, you're listening to Justin Beiber' - so we let people be private so they can enjoy their guilty pleasures? Isn't true happiness about sharing?

4. Job satisfaction – better employers and internal happiness. Hapiness comes from the person, not from their job, their boss, their environment. What happened to this woman's life that she doesn't have the confidence to get the job that's right for her? Was it her education? Did kids call her fat at school? Instead of addressing the core issues, she wants to hide away in her own privacy... and to be honest, if you don't like your job - search for a new one at home on the evening or weekend - not whilst you're actually working in the job. final point is that she chose this job also, she accepted the terms and she signed the contract - people should take ownership. (once again, these points aren't about 'poo pooing' the video, they're just points for reflection)

5. Worlds best boss – that needs to be earnt. If he wants that mug, then he needs to earn it. He's got staff outside who are unsatisfied, but alls he's doing is messaging about getting his mug. Instead of being open and doing this the hard (but significantly more rewarding way) - he's hiding away and taking the short term easy route of just buying the mug!

  1. youbeyou – this contradicts the above points made.

you can read these points and think;

1. Don't do anything, who cares 2. feel annoyed that some random person is bringing up lots of bad points that are totally missing the point 3. Take these points constructively and positively (as they are intended) and see this as working progress

Why do I care to spend my valuable time to do this?

I admire and respect what you are doing a lot, and I know the time and effort it takes to pioneer things like this. So I wanted to add some points for reflection.

Conclusion

I feel privacy is a double edged sword, whilst it frees us from judgement in a predominantly sick society, it restricts us from addressing core issues that prolong our sickness.

Now this is a big debate, which is best done over a beer - but the world is sick, it's oppressed by corrupt laws, negative media, incomplete education, poor social standards, poor role models for children (Mylie Cyrus!!!)

Privacy is essential, but that's just half the battle.

Best,

Max

My email is max@xxxxxxxx.cn


moderator obfuscated the email address to hide it from spyders and protect your privacy

Modified by the-edmeister

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Thanks for the clarification Ed. At the moment on Mozilla DE if I open about:home I get merely a minimal static thumbnail with a link to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/?utm_source=snippet&utm_medium=snippet&utm_campaign=addons and all that is is the addons page with a pick of the month.

maxwell84 Sorry that standard home page is not something I normally see or use. I guess we (Mozilla) have been putting snippets or some other promotional stuff on the page.

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I can not even figure out from the original post what video Mozilla allegedly produced.

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I think he means the new one on about:home.

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Thanks for the clarification Ed. At the moment on Mozilla DE if I open about:home I get merely a minimal static thumbnail with a link to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/?utm_source=snippet&utm_medium=snippet&utm_campaign=addons and all that is is the addons page with a pick of the month.

maxwell84 Sorry that standard home page is not something I normally see or use. I guess we (Mozilla) have been putting snippets or some other promotional stuff on the page.

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That Privacy snippet isn't appearing for me currently - USA localization and midwest location. Now I I am getting a promo snippet for Firefox for iOS 2.0.

I need to open my default out-of-the-box Profile installation of the current Firefox Release version to even view the standard about:home page. I block the snippets from appearing via one or another UserStyle in the 2 Profiles where I still use about:home for the homepage. https://userstyles.org/styles/104618/about-home-hide-snippets https://userstyles.org/styles/104673/about-home-hide-snippets-and-hide-brand-logo