The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. It originally appears each week on Global Voices Advocacy. Ellery Roberts Biddle, Lisa Ferguson, Sam Kellogg, Hae-in Lim, and Sarah Myers West contributed to this report.
When technology companies leave their code open and visible to the public, they are essentially allowing tech experts, regardless of who they are or where they’re from, to examine it first hand, identify flaws, and propose solutions. Companies like Mozilla allow experts to see and borrow their code; they also rely on user feedback to keep their products strong in the constantly evolving ecosystem of online security. These kinds of systems can work really well when companies recognize their value. But not all companies think alike.