Calling for Antitrust Reform

 Antitrust Reform, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA). The time for change is now.

It’s the ideal opportunity for states to address the truth that five tech organizations — not regular shoppers — control our web-based encounters today. Refreshed rivalry regulations are fundamental for the web to be private, secure, interoperable, open, open, straightforward, and a harmony between business benefit and public advantage. This is Mozilla’s vision for the web. For various years, we have shared our perspectives supporting government contest endeavors universally to accomplish it.

One such proposition now being talked about in the US Congress is the American Advancement and Decision Online Demonstration (AICOA). This bill is a significant stage in revising twenty years of computerized centralization by making a level battleground for more modest, free programming organizations to contend. We support this bipartisan exertion drove by Congresspersons Amy Klobuchar and Hurl Grassley and Agents David Cicilline and Ken Buck.

We accept that AICOA will work with advancement and buyer decision by guaranteeing that huge tech organizations can’t give inclination to their own items and administrations over the rich variety of serious choices presented by others. Mozilla — and numerous other autonomous organizations — can’t actually contend without this antitrust regulation. We are distraught by the way that current and future Firefox clients, a large number of whom are protection and security centered, can only with significant effort introduce and keep Firefox as their favored program in view of confounding working framework messages and settings. We are additionally tested by application store rules intended to keep out Gecko, our autonomous program motor that powers Firefox, Peak and different programs. We are stuck when huge tech organizations don’t offer us, and different designers open APIs and other usefulness required for genuine interoperability.

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A level playing field is essential to ensuring Mozilla and other independent businesses can continue to act as a check on big tech and influence the development of a more private and secure internet. We know that the bill’s sponsors want AICOA to manage only gatekeeper businesses and the items they control. The agreements or product offerings of independent, unregulated businesses like Mozilla that collaborate with gatekeepers for essential services are not meant to be regulated or affected. Additionally, it does not call for sacrificing security and privacy in order to foster competitiveness.

We disagree with the argument made by AICOA’s opponents that legislation governing competition will jeopardize privacy and security. It is accurate to say that organizations like Apple and Google provide vital security and privacy measures that safeguard millions of people, such as Apple’s App Tracking Transparency (ATT) strategy and Google’s Safe browsing service. Mozilla pushed Apple to adopt ATT, and Firefox (like with all other major browsers) makes use of Safe browsing. We don’t think AICOA would have an effect on these technologies because they can be offered without participating in improper self-preferencing behavior and because the legislation clearly outlines privacy and security safeguards.

In our opinion, self-preferencing keeps the internet from being more private and safer than it is right now. Mozilla, for instance, was a pioneer in the development of technology to prevent cross-site tracking. On iOS, however, we have never made this technology available to Firefox users due to App Store policies that favor Apple’s own browser engine over alternatives. Another illustration is the lack of anti-tracking functionality in Chrome, the browser that is associated with Android. As a result, the vast majority of people on earth lack efficient privacy protections. Millions of people could pick freely if there was true browser competition.

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The Mozilla Manifesto’s fifteenth anniversary and our twenty-year campaign for a better internet are being celebrated this year. Many things have advanced, but now is the moment for government intervention. It’s been far too long (15 years) for every major platform to decide for you that you should use their software. Allowing independent options, a level playing field is beneficial for consumers’ online experiences, for innovation and the economy, and ultimately for a strong, open internet. We salute people who are pushing for antitrust reform in the US and around the world. The time has come for change.

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