Since 2001 the FSFE has been enhancing users' rights by abolishing barriers for software freedom. For 20 years we have been helping individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.

For the next two decades we need your help. We want everyone to be able to control their technology. Free Software and its freedoms to use, study, share, and improve are the key to that goal.

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More than 30 events already registered in South-America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania

This year's DFD is approaching fast, and we can already say that we will have had a good year: More than 30 events have been registered in South-America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. However, both we and you could do a lot better, and there is still time to register and organise an event. North-America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia desperately need more events. Also, while Central Europe is well covered, Europe's western, eastern, and northern parts could do with additional events. To organise an event, you can gather ideas from the highlighted events below, or take a look at our events page.

DFD conference in European Parliament

The Greens/EFA parliamentary group is organising a DFD conference with speakers from the European Commission, FSFE, April, Calibre, Communia, and Bookeen on the 28th of March. The conference will focus on Open Standards in the e-book market.

DFD prizes

On the 26th of March, FSFE will award the Slovak Committee for Standardization of Information Systems of Public Administration to recognize adoption of Open Standards for the entire Slovak public administration. On the 31st of March, the city administration of Arezzo, Italy will be awarded by the FSFE for their adoption of Open Standards within the administration services and their communications with the citizens.

Installation parties

Several events include LibreOffice installation parties. We would recommend all event organisers to make GNU/Linux and LibreOffice installation media available along with technical support. However, if the event you plan to attend does not include an installation party, you can always ask one of the attendees using Free Software for help with the installation: They are usually really nice people.

Other possible activities

It is also possible to post posters across your town or city, hand out materials about Open Standards in your local library or school, give talks on Open Standards and Free Software, write a piece about the DFD for your local newspaper, or simply support DFD by attending an event.

Should you now have a nice idea about what to organise on the DFD, contact the DFD team, and we can offer you advice, limited financial support, and add your event to the list.