This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending February 9, 2007.

Projects for the week

Here’s a partial listing of what I and others at the Foundation did this past week:

  • Grants and related activities. Same as last week: I worked on grant proposals already received, and also prepared for our Mozilla Foundation presence at the 2007 CSUN conference.

    Next action(s): Have the board consider a new accessibility-related grant proposal.

  • CA certificates. Gerv Markham continued working on processing CA requests. We also had a public discussion in the newsgroup on the merits of including CAs for regional government CAs (i.e., below the country level).

    Next action(s): I need to help Gerv out with publishing an expended set of information on CAs (bug 333272).

  • Legal issues. We’re looking at the possibility of creating a standard contributors agreement for use by corporations interested in contributing code to the Mozilla project (bug 369879). Separately Gerv Markham has proposed revisions to the existing CVS contributors form to bring it up to date and make it more general (e.g., remove CVS-specific references) (bug 342029).

    Next actions: Decide on the preferred approach to creating a corporate contributors agreement and revising the CVS form.

Upcoming activities

  • I’ll be in New York City on February 23.
  • Gerv will be attending Mozilla-related activities at the FOSDEM conference in Brussels February 24–25.
  • I’ll be at the Mozilla offices in Mountain View on March 13 and 14.
  • I’ll be attending the CSUN accessibility conference in Los Angeles on March 21 and 22.
  • Along with Aaron Leventhal I’ll be attending a United Nations event in New York City on March 26 to discuss Mozilla accessibility-related topics; this is in association with the Global Initiative on Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies (G3ICT).

Random notes

As I’ve previously mentioned, I have an interesting in science writing. I recently subscribed to Seed magazine, sort of an attempt to do for science what the original Wired magazine did for technology. It’s interesting enough, but even more interesting is Seed’s ScienceBlogs collections of science-related blogs; definitely recommended for those with a scientific bent, although it’s too much material to do anything but dip into occasionally.