— Mozilla (@mozilla) January 6, 2022
However, Mozilla isn’t completely distancing itself from decentralized technologies like cryptocurrency, saying that “decentralized web technology continues to be an important area for us to explore.”
“I’m glad Mozilla reversed course here,” Linss said in a Twitter DM to The Verge after we first published this article. “They play a crucial role in keeping the web open and free. I’m also grateful for the support of all the fans of Mozilla helping to keep them accountable to the ideals they were founded under.”
Zawinski responded to Mozilla’s decision in a blog posted Thursday evening, where he kept up his sharp criticism.
Because while at this point Mozilla is a largely rudderless privacy-focused advocacy organization instead of a software project, the Long Now Foundation is putatively all about long-term thinking.”
He added that there was “literally nothing in the modern tech ecosystem more short-sighted than the gambling instrument and ecological disaster that we know as cryptocurrencies.”
We’ve asked Mozilla for comment. ®
Updated to add
Following this article, Mozilla tweeted it’s pondering a U-turn on its cryptocurrency donations: “We are reviewing if and how our current policy on crypto donations fits with our climate goals.
Mozilla founder slams mozilla for cryptocurrency
While all cryptocurrencies — and all computing — use electricity and have an associated carbon impact, the level and impact is varied. The two main approaches to securely verifying cryptocurrency transactions on the blockchain have very different energy use patterns:
Proof-of-work: Proof-of-work cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are energy-intensive by design.
Validators (aka miners) use specialized hardware to verify transactions, essentially trading energy used by their hardware for tokens. “It’s a process called “proof of work,” in which the energy used is sort of the price paid to verify transactions. The process is deliberately energy-intensive as a safety measure.
2. Mozilla will accept cryptocurrencies that use technologies like proof-of-stake that are designed to use less energy.
Related Mozilla climate commitment: Mozilla will explore approaches to develop, design, and improve products from a sustainability perspective, including seeking collaborations to further amplify impact.
In addition to making the above commitment to ourselves, and within our own products, we encourage others in the technology industry to develop more sustainable products.
We see increasing use of less energy intensive methods of verifying blockchain transactions such as proof-of-stake as a positive development.
Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that makes the Firefox web browser, announced Thursday that it would be pausing the ability to accept cryptocurrency donations following significant backlash spurred in part by a Mozilla founder, Jamie Zawinski (via Business Insider).
Zawinski, who stopped working for mozilla.org in 1999, tweeted scathing criticism to a December 31st Mozilla tweet promoting that it accepted cryptocurrency donations. Mozilla began accepting bitcoin for donations in 2014.
“Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters,” Zawinski said on January 3rd.
Mozilla has current crypto-coin donations for years, most seemingly as section of its long-ongoing efforts to alienate its beget customers: it is only the payment supplier that modified no longer too long within the past, it seems.
After we approached Zawinski for observation, he acknowledged he become “essentially a long way more dejected on the truth that the Prolonged Now Foundation and Web Archive beget sold into this rip-off [cryptocurrencies – ed.] than that Mozilla has.
As fair no longer too long within the past as September, Moz’s web-standards lead Tantek Çelik slammed cryptocurrencies as being unsustainable, pointing out:
The Bitcoin-loving laser-behold brigade beget been predictably discouraged with Çelik’s observations.
Zawinski, aka JWZ, who named the CADT mannequin of instrument vogue and has a Dunning-Krugerrands ticket on his weblog for crypto-cash-related posts, is a legitimate source of insight and pithy quotes, akin to: “Another folks, when confronted with a issue, dispute ‘I know, I race to make employ of exceptional expressions.’ Now they beget got two complications.”
One other gem? “[Perl] combines the full worst aspects of C and Allege: one thousand million different sublanguages in one monolithic executable.
Not mincing words, he said that the organization should be ashamed of supporting “planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters” in a tweet that has accrued over 20,000 likes:
Hi, I’m sure that whoever runs this account has no idea who I am, but I founded @mozilla and I’m here to say f*ck you and f*ck this. Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters.
Due to the extremely negative response, Mozilla announced that it had paused cryptocurrency donations on Thursday, acknowledging the adverse impact of cryptocurrencies on climate.
Ironically, Mozilla had been accepting cryptocurrency donations for years, unbeknownst to crypto critics.
It partnered with the Coinbase exchange all the way back in 2014 to start receiving contributions in Bitcoin.
Coupling that with the increased volatility, we’ve made the decision to continue to hold on accepting any cryptocurrencies until further notice.
MoCo is continuing to explore opportunities in this space broadly, and this doesn’t preclude us from keeping the door open to greener cryptocurrency projects in the future. But, for now, our donations policy is not the place to do it.
Last edited: June 27, 2022
Q1 2022 Update
As of April 2022, the Mozilla Foundation are updating our donation policy to:
- no longer accept proof-of-work cryptocurrencies, as their design requires increasing amounts of energy over time;
- accept cryptocurrencies that use technologies like proof-of-stake that are designed to use less energy.
We will develop an implementation plan including a list of cryptocurrencies we will accept by the end of Q2 2022.
We also are making the documentation of the process open and transparent to the public.
The scope of the review is to inform a decision, to be made by the Mozilla Foundation’s Executive Director, about Mozilla’s cryptocurrency donations policy in light of our climate commitments. If significant deliberation is needed, then it will be discussed with the Board.
We plan to publish the findings from our research as well as a summary of our analysis so that others may better understand the decision and build upon this work.
This cryptocurrency donation review is not scoped to cover other topics related to Mozilla product developments or policy decisions.
Tantek Çelik slammed cryptocurrencies as being unsustainable, stating:
Proof-of-work methods (eg, blockchains) are harmful for sustainability… the more such methods are adopted, the more their energy requirements grow, without any discernible upper bound, which is grossly irresponsible given the global environmental crisis.
The Bitcoin-loving laser-eye brigade were predictably unhappy with Çelik’s observations.
Zawinski, aka JWZ, who named the CADT model of software development and has a Dunning-Krugerrands tag on his blog for crypto-cash-related posts, is a reliable source of insight and pithy quotes, such as: “Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I’ll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems.”
Another gem? “[Perl] combines all the worst aspects of C and Lisp: a billion different sublanguages in one monolithic executable.