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Document Freedom Day 2009

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| Tomorrow, 25th of March 2009 will be the 2nd global Document Freedom 
| Day; “but what exactly is Document Freedom Day?” I hear you ask, I did 
| myself. Well, here’s how they describe it on their own website:  


Back from Document Freedom Day event in Hamburg


Document Freedom Day 2009



Gearing up for Document Freedom Day

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| Document Freedom Day (DFD) was launched in 2008 as a global day for the
| promotion and awareness of Document Freedom in particular, as well as Open
| Standards and interoperability in general. 205 teams from around the world
| registered for the first edition of Document Freedom Day. The things they did
| ranged from mini-conferences and hands-on lessons for applications supporting
| ODF, such as OpenOffice.org, over creation of awareness by taking to the
| streets and engaging people in discussions about Document Freedom, to
| awarding a special prize to the Foreign Ministry in Germany for its exemplary
| support for Open Standards and Free Software.


First the Standards, Then the Solution

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| In the last issue of my eJournal, Standards Today, titled A Standards Agenda
| for the Obama Administration, I described the standards-based dependencies of
| the technology agenda earlier announced by president-elect Obama. That agenda
| provides for the creative use of technology to advance a number of important
| policy goals, such as achieving transparent government, equal access to the
| Internet, and reducing costs of healthcare. In this issue, I focus more
| closely on the significant role that standards will play in achieving one of
| (now) President Obama's greatest challenges — lowering healthcare costs,
| while at the same time keeping a campaign promise to provide universal health
| coverage.



Introducing Document Freedom Day

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| The Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for Document Liberation with
| grassroots action for promotion of Free Document Formats and Open Standards
| in general. The DFD was initiated and is supported by a group of
| organisations and companies, including, but not limited to the Free Software
| Foundation Europe, ODF Alliance, OpenForum Europe, IBM, Red Hat and Sun
| Microsystems, Inc.    


[FSFE PR][EN] 26 March 2008: Today is Document Freedom Day

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| Today is Document Freedom Day: Roughly 200 teams from more than 60
| countries worldwide are organising local activities to raise awareness
| for Document Freedom and Open Standards. To support the initiatives
| surrounding the first day to celebrate document liberation, DFD
| starter packs containing a DFD flag, t-shirts and leaflets have been
| sent to the first 100 registered teams over the past weeks.


Bid Adieu To Format Chaos. Raise A Flag For Document Freedom Day.

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| The inaugural DFD is purported to span some 60 countries around the world,
| including Argentina, France, Germany, India, United States, and Australia. A
| post published this morning on The Official Google Blog claims “more than 200
| teams…are spending (the day) raising awareness about document freedom by
| hosting speakers, events.”    


[Google:] Today is Document Freedom Day

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| Today, the world is celebrating the first-ever Document Freedom Day.


[Red Hat:] Document Freedom Day

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| In 60 countries around the world, 200 teams have organized activities for
| today, the first Document Freedom Day. It’s a day of grassroots effort (based
| on the model of Software Freedom Day) to promote and build awareness for the
| relevance of free document formats and open standards.  


Porn Site technique used to promote OOXML

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| In March 26, 2008, was celebrated around the world the first Document Freedom
| Day (documentfreedom.org/). Notice the site's name: Document
| Freedom dot org.
| While refusing all around the world to participate in a celebration towards
| the promotion and usage of open standards, Microsoft even goes to the point
| of issuing a press release in Portugal against ANSOL's Document Freedom Day
| announcement.
| Meanwhile, anonymous supporters of OOXML use Domains by Proxy registar in
| order to register a site with a very similar address of Document Freedom
| Day's. The OOXML support site is Document Freedom Day **dot com** and
| redirects to a well known astroturf site which pretends to be a community of
| OOXML supporters.

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