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<title>FSFE convinces 1125 public administrations to remove
proprietary software advertisements</title>
<h1>FSFE convinces 1125 public administrations to remove proprietary
software advertisements</h1>
<p>After six years of activity, the
<a href="/activities/pdfreaders/pdfreaders.html">PDFreaders campaign</a>
is coming to a close this month as one of our most successful campaigns.</p>
<p>The campaign began in 2009 with the intent of removing advertisements
for proprietary PDF reader software from public institutions' websites.
To start it all off, volunteers submitted 2104 "bugs", or instances of
proprietary PDF software being directly promoted by public authorities,
and the FSFE <a href="/activities/pdfreaders/buglist.html">listed</a> them
online. Since then, hundreds of Free Software activists took action by
writing to the relevant public institutions and calling for changes to
their websites. We received a lot of positive feedback from the institutions
thanking us for our letters, and to date, 1125 out of the 2104 websites
(53%) edited their websites by removing links to proprietary PDF readers,
or adding links to Free Software PDF readers.</p>
In addition to writing letters, FSFE also collected signatures for a
<a href="/activities/pdfreaders/petition.html">petition
calling for an end to advertisement for proprietary software products on government
websites</a>. 90 organizations, 63 businesses, and 2731 individuals
signed this petition.</p>
<p>Furthermore, we were able to push for change at both national and
international levels.</p>
<ul><li> In Germany,
<a href="">national parties</a>
gave statements in favor of free PDF readers and the German Government
itself has recommended the usage of our text snippet in their
<a href="">migration guide</a>.
FSFE's coordinator for Germany, Max Mehl, <a href="">covers it</a>
in more detail on his blog.</li>
<li> In the EU: the European Parliament
<a href="/activities/pdfreaders/parliamentary-questions-eu.html">directly asked</a>
the European Commission what were the reasons for advertising a
specific software and which steps were taken to solve this problem.</li>
<li>In 2011 one of our coordinators,
<a href="">Hannes Hauswedell,
was in contact with Google</a>, asking them to release the PDF reader included in
their Chrome browser as Free Software. Finally, in May 2014, the
<a href="">
pdfium sources were published openly</a>, and while FSFE's enquiry
might not have been the only reason they were released, it marks an
important change for the widespread adoption of Free Software PDF readers.</li>
<p>"This success would not have been possible without the help
and hard work from our volunteers and the support from our donors.
<strong>Thank you!</strong> While many public and private web-sites still promote
proprietary readers, the level of awareness has changed significantly during
our campaign and now it should be much easier for you to approach the
remaining web-site administrators. Also most internet users today already use
Free Software when they open a PDF file in their browser -- a huge difference
from 2009!" says Hannes Hauswedell who started the campaign. "Of course work
still remains and we invite you to keep on reminding (public) administrators
to use Open Standards and not recommend proprietary software. And with your
support, we too, will continue to fight for a web that respects its users'
privacy and freedom!"</p></blockquote>
<p>To <a href="/activities/pdfreaders/follow-up.html">get involved</a>
you can use our <a href="/activities/pdfreaders/letter.html">sample letter</a>
to send to the relevant public administration, or you can write one of your own.
Just make sure to include where to find a list of
<a href="">Free Software PDF readers</a> that could
replace the link from their website.</p>
<p>A special thanks again to the activists, volunteers, and donors who
helped make this campaign a success!</p>
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