Mozilla knows what's up. The non-profit is aware that the vast majority of its users think that privacy on the internet is falling apart, so it's launching a new strategic privacy initiative called Polaris. And you'll never guess who's on board. Just kidding, it's totally obvious: the Tor Project.
Along with the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), the Tor Project is advising Mozilla "on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations," says Tor's Andrew Lewman. The first project, currently underway, involves Mozilla engineers raking through their own code to see how they can make Tor work better. This is especially significant, since the Tor Browser is based on Firefox code. The next stage will involve Mozilla hosting its own high-capacity Tor middle relays. This would speed up Tor connections worldwide, since middle relays carry traffic from anonymous uses to exit relays.