If you really care about online privacy, you can’t use Google’s Chrome browser. Google is an advertising company. Everything else they do is in support of that core business. If you want a secure, fast browser that is actually focused on protecting your privacy, you want to be using Mozilla’s Firefox browser. Today I’ll be speaking with Mozilla’s Chief Security Officer, Marshall Erwin. We’ll trace Firefox’s heritage back to the stalwart Netscape Navigator and then dive into the ugly world of ubiquitous web tracking, by both governments and corporations. Are we really going dark? Why is privacy important? Are targeted ads really worth that much more than “dumb” ads?
Marshall Erwin is the Chief Security Officer at the Mozilla Corporation, where he leads teams responsible for protecting Mozilla and its users. He also drives policy initiatives on encryption, government vulnerability disclosure, malicious online content, and online political advertising, as well as product initiatives to protect people from pervasive web tracking. Prior to joining Mozilla, Marshall worked in a variety of positions related to technology policy, cybersecurity, and national security more broadly. He began his career in national security, an analyst covering counterterrorism and cybersecurity. He also served as the counterterrorism and intelligence adviser on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and as the intelligence specialist at the Congressional Research Service, focusing on National Security Agency surveillance programs and legislative changes to FISA statute. Marshall is a current Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society.