The details for Document Freedom Day 2010 have been announced – it’s on March 31st and there will be events all over the world. This should be a year of celebration as well as campaigning, as we have made enormous strides in promoting liberty.
Usage of ODF is more common than ever, and new Microsoft Office users now get the opportunity to select it as the default format. We still need to campaign and remain vigilant, however. The network effects that drive people to ignore their freedoms are as strong as ever, and institutional biases against tools like OpenOffice.org remain.
True open standards are the key to deployer liberty. ‘Libre’ implementations of open standards – evolved in the open with every willing voice respected – are already at the heart of the new digital society and Document Freedom Day is to be welcomed as a celebration of the liberties we all need for our networked future.