1 title: The Mozilla Foundation On A Healthy Internet 2 author: Daniel Moch 3 copyright: 2018, Daniel Moch 4 date: 2018-04-11 06:40:06 UTC-04:00 5 category: technology 6 description: Mozilla's report calls out Web illiteracy as a major problem 7 8 Sean Gallagher over at Ars Technica 9 [reported](https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/04/mozilla-foundation-report-details-decline-in-health-of-internet) 10 yesterday on the 2018 [Internet Health 11 Report](https://internethealthreport.org/2018/), which Mozilla puts 12 together. I'm linking the article in addition to the report itself 13 because Sean does such a great job summarizing it. Of course I also 14 think the Report itself is important, and I particularly like the 15 metrics it uses to gauge how healthy the Internet is. 16 17 Gallagher summarizes the report's concerns this way: 18 19 Of particular concern were three issues: 20 21 - Consolidation of power over the Internet, particularly by Facebook, 22 Google, Tencent, and Amazon. 23 - The spread of "fake news," which the report attributes in part to 24 the "broken online advertising economy" that provides financial 25 incentive for fraud, misinformation, and abuse. 26 - The threat to privacy posed by the poor security of the Internet of 27 Things. 28 29 I'd point out that the Report itself alludes to another concern, and 30 it's one that I hope to give a lot of attention to in my writing here, 31 and that's the topic of Web literacy. As I hope to explain in future 32 posts, I think there's a reciprocal relationship between the problems 33 above and Web literacy, which is to say the problems above are both made 34 worse by Web *illiteracy*, and at the same time make Web illiteracy 35 worse. 36 37 For now I'll put that out there as food for thought.