[FSFE PR][EN] Document Freedom Day delivers messages of interoperability around the world

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Tue Mar 25 14:51:54 CET 2014

 = Document Freedom Day delivers messages of interoperability around the world =

[Read online: http://fsfe.org/news/2014/news-20140326-01.en.html]

Over the following 24 hours Open Standards will be celebrated to the
ends of the earth. The Document Freedom Day campaign for
interoperability is being enacted from Tokyo to Rio[1], and Birmingham
to Taipei[2]. 41 Events are taking place in 18 countries so far.

Open Standards provide the means for apps and computers to communicate
together using common formats that everyone can use. This year two
Document Freedom Day events have been organised by Government bodies:
the Brazilian Federal Government CISL Committee[3], and the Nepalese
Department[4] of Information Technology. Events in the European
Parliament[5] are today exploring Open Standards used for encryption,
while the OpenStreetMap Foundation on Saturday received the Document
Freedom Day UK award[6] in Birmingham.

"Spying revelations of the last year have proven the value of Open
Standards for security as well for documents" says Sam Tuke, Campaign
Manager. "Encrypted messages and network connections using Open
Standards provide world-class privacy, used by Edward Snowden[7] and the
NSA alike."

Supporting organisations have marked the occasion in their own style,
with a series of articles[8] on SVG by Libre Graphics Magazine, a new
whitepaper by The Document Foundation later this week, and a standards
infographic by PHPList.

"This year, teams are using a broad range of multilingual educational
resources to introduce Open Standards to the public" says Erik Albers,
Community Manager. "Thousands of Cartoons, leaflets and posters have
already been dispatched, and online editions[9] have been printed in
Turkey and Japan. New groups can still participate by locally
distributing materials and registering[10] their event."

Document Freedom Day 2014 is facilitated by the Free Software Foundation
Europe, and made possible by support from Google, Commons Machinery, and
Freiheit Technologies. A report of all events will be published in
April, collecting highlights and media from participating groups.

  1. http://documentfreedom.org/events/events.html
  2. http://documentfreedom.org/events/events.html
  3. http://www.softwarelivre.gov.br/eventos/dfd-document-freedom-day
  4. http://www.ku.edu.np/cse/kucc/?event=one-day-workshop-on-open-standards
  5. http://www.greens-efa.eu/greensefa-4th-document-freedom-day-in-the-european-parliament-open-standards-in-the-field-of-encryption-11942.html
  6. http://documentfreedom.org/news/2014/news-20140324-01.en.html
  7. http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/17/encrypting-your-email-works-says-nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden/
  8. http://libregraphicsmag.com/blog/
  9. http://documentfreedom.org/artwork.html
 10. http://documentfreedom.org/registerevent.html

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