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October 01, 2014

New Mozilla Fellowship Steers Tech Geeks to Nonprofit Work

Mozilla, the nonprofit maker of the Firefox Web browser, is teaming up with the Ford Foundation on a fellowship program to boost the number of young engineers going to work for nonprofits and in government, The Washington Post writes. The project is starting with a $4-million budget and plans to hire five fellows who will work for public-interest groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International.

Research by Mozilla and the foundation show only 10 percent of computer science students pursue careers in government or the nonprofit sector, while 70 percent go to work for major tech firms. "To grapple with this big social issue called the future of the Internet, we need experts in the social and democratic issues and people who are experts in the technology," said Mark Surman, Mozilla's executive director.