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If you are

a human being, you may be assuming one or more of the roles below. Whatever be your role in the society, you can do your bit to build a good society where sharing knowledge becomes a virtue and not a vice. We are living in a society where sharing is discouraged, often called by derogatory names, such as for example 'piracy'. This campaign is to create a ready reckoner for any person who intends to promote free knowledge and free software. Please edit this page to add new roles, make it comprehensive, but try to keep it simple. Add few links here and there, pointing to pages on the Internet, where readers can get more information on each point. --Gnowgi 12:13, 7 January 2007 (UTC)


  • create your lessons in free standards*
  • teach the values of self-reliance and freedom
  • encourage your students to share software
  • do not use proprietary software
  • if you want to teach spreadsheet call it spreadsheet and not Excel (every photocopying machine is not Xerox)
  • if you want to teach word processor do not call it Word
  • don't call any presentation by the name 'Powerpoint'
  • encourage self learning of students


  • hacking is the best way to learn the art of programming
  • refuse to learn branded software
  • join a free software club and enjoy the culture of sharing


  • wherever syllabus doesn't prescribe a brand, choose free software
  • support a club or cell for free software (keep it informal)
  • do not buy any new proprietary software
  • when you buy new machines, ask for preinstalled free software
  • make sure your college/school website is w3c ( compatible
  • identify a few student friendly faculty
  • train teachers in free software
  • establish links with local free software hackers and advocates
  • do not call a lecture as a power point presentation
  • do not call a LCD projector a power point projector
  • ask for justification when your colleagues ask your permission to buy a proprietary software


  • do not ask questions that are too specific to a branded software application

head of the dept

  • ask for strong justification when your colleagues ask your permission to buy a proprietary software, and make this an exception and not a norm

syllabus committee member

  • eliminate proprietary brand names from syllabus
  • include publically owned standards*
  • languages that are not supported by other operating systems should not be included in the syllabus

prime minister

minister of trade and commerce

  • do not permit the sale of hardware for which free software drivers do not exist
  • do not permit the sale of software that forces users to save documents in proprietary format
  • do not confuse copyright, patents, and trademarks with the term intellectual property
  • treat software on par with mathematics, I.e no patents for software
  • DRM is digital restrictions managements, not rights managements

minister of culture

minister of local self-governance

minister of education

minister of human resources

minister of agriculture

minister of finance

president of a country

  • freedom to encode and decode be added as a fundamental right


  • keep it up, way to go


  • use your creativity in constructive work, consider becoming a hacker


  • program contains procedural and formal knowledge, publish it like any other knowledge
  • keep it simple
  • make it reusable
  • add good documentation, to let other programmers understand the logic

owner of a software firm

  • employ hackers to power your software needs
  • encourage your programmers to share programs

chief justice

  • right to information is meaningless without preserving the right to decode and encode knowledge resources



dictator of a country

president of america


Elected Member


  • scientists were the first hackers, continue sharing your knowledge to understand the world, keep up the good work
  • publish your papers in a journal that does not restrict access, consider joining the Public Library of Science group
  • do not publish with those journals that ask you to remove your paper from your home page
  • you are the author of your work, do not loose your right to express and publish, and sell your rights to publishers who are restricting the access of your work to every one











  • use cracker if you meant an intruder
  • use hacker if you meant someone who explores creative possibilities
  • say linux only if it is about the kernel, ans say GNU + Linux if it the OS
  • carefully distinguish os from free software

film maker

  • consider copyleft your film licensing after recovering and earned sufficient profit


member of planning commission

member of knowledge commission


Bank Manager

Web Engineer

  • use w3c standards
  • make it accessible to all browsers
  • reduce dependency of special tools to view, such as flash

own a proprietary software company

  • dont use technology to restrict, i.e. avoid DRM
  • program contains procedural and formal knowledge, publish it like any other knowledge
  • preserve and uphold the conditions that produce knowledge, of which the most important is sharing

Bill Gates

  • fix the file system of your OS and save the world from virus menace
  • release your software under a free software license, and continue to rule the world, we will make you our hero.
  • use technical innovation to let more people access and create knowledge effortlessly, and not to restrict access. That is to say avoid DRM.

Steve Jobs

  • release the rest of the code under APL, and get more support from hackers around the world
  • use technical innovation to let more people access and create knowledge effortlessly, and not to restrict access i.e. avoid DRM