[FSFE PR][EN] Document Freedom Day 2010 - Free your documents, save your information!

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 == Document Freedom Day 2010 ==
 == Free your documents, save your information! ==
 [Permanent URL: http://fsfe.org/news/2010/news-20100302-01.en.html]
 02 March 2010, 14:30, Berlin, Germany
 Will you be able to read your documents 20 years from now? Every day, 
 millions of computer users like you edit text and spreadsheets, take 
 pictures and record audio and video. What if you couldn't read your 
 private letters anymore, or even open that album with pictures from your 
 honeymoon? What if you couldn't exchange those files with friends, 
 because the software used by each one of you can't talk to each other? 
 To help you make your documents future-proof, we celebrate Document 
 Freedom Day on March 31.
 Any person or software can save documents in open document formats, which
 are based on Open Standards, and be sure that people will be able to read
 those files, independently of the software they use. Anyone can build
 applications that read and write files in these formats. The Internet was
 built upon Open Standards, and that's why you see so much innovation
 On Document Freedom Day, we will raise awareness for Open Document
 Formats and Open Standards by organizing activities all over the world
 together with partner organizations and volunteers.
 During the whole month of March, we will spread the word on open document
 formats and Open Standards. We will publish information, talk to the
 press, tell our friends about it, and spread the DFD logo all over the
 There are many ways to take part on this campaign, so pick one and join 
    * Put a banner in your website, linking to DFD website. You
      can find banners in our Artwork Website [1].
    * Publish a blog post on Document Freedom Day, or Open
      Standards, and spread the word about the campaign. Send us
      a link, and we'll include it in the DFD website.
    * Use your microblog to spread DFD news and articles! Tag them
      using !dfd or #dfd2010
    * Organize an activity in your city on March 31st. For ideas
      on activities, check the Document Freedom Day website.
    * Donate money to DFD [2]. Your contribution
      makes Document Freedom Day possible!
    * Become a partner organization. Contact our Campaign Team [3] on
      how to do that.
 Want to find out more about Open Standards [4]?
 Document Freedom Day is about helping you to really own your data. You 
 shouldn't be tied to particular applications for living your life in the 
 digital world, and you shouldn't have to use any specific software to 
 deal with your government, your school or anyone else.
 For more information on Document Freedom Day, visit our website: 
 [1] http://documentfreedom.org/Artwork
 [2] http://documentfreedom.org/Support
 [3] http://documentfreedom.org/About#Coordination_Team
 [4] http://documentfreedom.org/Open_Standards
 == Contact ==
 Fernanda Weiden
 DFD Campaign Coordinator
 Email: weiden at fsfeurope.org
 Tel:   +41 76 4021866
 == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==
   The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
   non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
   involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
   participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
   the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
   Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
   furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
   modify and copy.  Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
   issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
   people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central
   issues of the FSFE.

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