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27 March 2013, 12:31

Document Freedom Day 2013 celebrated in 30 countries

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The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is running its annual Document Freedom Day campaign today to raise awareness of the importance of open standards. This year's Document Freedom Day involves over 50 groups from 30 countries and focuses on open standards in web-based streaming technologies, especially on increasing the awareness and usage of HTML5. This year's campaign is sponsored by Google and openSUSE.

As part of the campaign, activists are reporting Flash-only web sites and are donating to help send "educational packs" to the administrators of these web sites in an effort to increase the use of standards-based HTML5 in its stead. Document Freedom Day was founded in 2008 and is held on the last Wednesday in March every year. The participation in Document Freedom Day is growing steadily: last year's campaign brought together people at 54 events across 23 different countries.

As part of Document Freedom Day 2013, the European Green Party is running a conference at the European Parliament that includes several Green Party MEPs, Amelia Andersdotter of the Swedish Pirate Party, and FSFE President Karsten Gerloff as speakers. Two consecutive panels cover data portability combined with the need for patient privacy in the health sector as well as open infrastructures in regional and national governments.

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