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<title>1&amp;1 Internet AG receives German Document Freedom Award </title>
<h1>1&amp;1 Internet AG receives German Document Freedom Award </h1>
<p newsteaser="yes">Karlsruhe, 28 March 2012 - 1&amp;1, GMX and WEB.DE
receive the German Document Freedom Award for the use of Open Standards.
The prize is awarded by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V. (FFII). 1&amp;1 is
awarded for automatically adding XMPP for all customers of their mail
services. The Document Freedom Award is awarded annually on the occasion
of Document Freedom Day - the international day for Open Standards. Last
years winners include <a
href="/news/2011/news-20110330-01.html"></a>, <a
href="/news/2010/news-20100324-01.html">Deutschland Radio</a>, and the <a
<p>In Karlsruhe FSFE and FFII handed over a certificate and the Document
Freedom Award-cake to Jan Oetjen, CEO 1&amp;1 Internet Portals, and Tino Anic
with his team, who are responsible for this functionality. The Extensible
Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP, previously called Jabber) is an <a
href="/projects/os/os.html"> Open Standard</a> communication protocol
used for chatting. A <a href="">
variety of chat programs support this protocol</a>, and it is also used
in VoIP applications.
Every e-mail users of 1&amp;1, GMX and WEB.DE get such an XMPP account by
default, which has the same name as the e-mail address.</p>
<p>"Unlike closed services such as Facebook and Skype, 1&amp;1 has provided
open connectivity with the rest of the Jabber/XMPP network for many years.
They are to be commended for supporting truly free communication using
Internet standards." says Peter Saint-Andre, Executive Director of the XMPP
<p>Like 1&amp;1, everyone can set up an XMPP server and enable it to
connect with other XMPP standard compliant servers around the world. People
having an account from 1&amp;1 are able to chat with other contacts, within
or outside the 1&amp;1 network, using any XMPP supporting client they want.
They can chat with customers from other XMPP supporting companies like
Google (with Google Talk), with people who set up their own Free Software
XMPP server, and with all of FSFE's supporters, which also automatically
get an XMPP account. When using Skype, ICQ, Facebook, Yahoo! Messenger or
Microsoft Network (MSN), all the people who want to chat with each other
have to use the same provider.</p>
<p>"Facebook and Microsoft Network (MSN) also use XMPP for their chat
functionality. But they disabled the XMPP server feature to connect with
other XMPP servers. This way Facebook and MSN are restricting their users
to their own service: You are only allowed to talk with people who also
have an account at their service and surrendered their data. By using XMPP
servers which connect with other XMPP servers, you give your friends the
freedom to decide which software and which provider they want to use and
trust!", says Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's German Coordinator.</p>
<p>"We are very honoured to receive this award. It confirms our decision to
use the open standard XMPP for our online chat within WEB.DE, GMX and
1&amp;1 mailboxes. It allows our users to chat without technical barriers
across the web.", says Jan Oetjen, CEO 1&amp;1 Internet Portals.</p>
<p>Stephan Uhlmann, FFII board member, adds: "We're inspired by companies
like 1&amp;1 Internet AG who not only base their business on Internet open
standards, like email and the web, but also keep these services
interoperable and do not rely on lock-in effects to convince their
<p>Background information:</p>
<li>Press pictures of the award ceremony <a
href="">are available on a seperated page.</a></li>
DRadio Wissen interview</a> with Deputy German Coordinator Torsten
Grote about XMPP (in German) explaining the importance of XMPP. (<a
unfortunately only mp3). </li>
<li>Until 30th March - <a href="/news/2012/news-20120321-01.html">You
suggest, we send handcuffs: Who needs education about
<p>Other activities and events in Germany during Document Freedom Day 2012:</p>
<li><a href="">FSFE: Information booth about Open Standards and Free Software in the public library in Offenburg</a> </li>
<li><a href="">FSFE: Lectures and dicussions about open standards and their usefullness in the Chaosdorf in Düsseldorf</a> </li>
<li><a href="">Green Federal Party: Document Freedom Day: Questions about advertisement for Adobe Reader in parliament</a></li>
<li><a href="">Green Party Berlin: Awarding a DFD-cake for the city of Vienna to the ambassador in Berlin by the Green parliamentary group</a> </li>
<li><a href="">Pirate Party Baden-Württemberg: Countdown to Document Freedom Day by the Piratenpartei Baden-Württemberg</a> </li>
<li><a href="">All other activities during DFD around the globe</a></li>
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