Farewell to Aaron Swartz, an extraordinary hacker and activist Yesterday Aaron Swartz, a close friend and collaborator of ours, committed suicide. This is a tragic end to a brief and extraordinary life. Aaron did more than almost anyone to make the Internet a thriving ecosystem for open knowledge, and to keep it that way. His contributions were numerous, and some of them were indispensable. When we asked him in late 2010 for help in stopping COICA, the predecessor to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills, he founded an organization called Demand Progress, which mobilized over a million online activists and proved to be an invaluable ally in winning that campaign.
Researchers honor Swartz's memory with PDF protest In a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide Friday, researchers have begun posting PDFs to Twitter to honor his campaign for open access. Swartz, 26, had faced the possibility of $4 million in fines and more than 50 years in prison for allegedly stealing 4 million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jstor, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers. The authorities claimed that he broke into a restricted-access computer wiring closet at MIT and accessed that network without authorization. The PDF campaign was born out of a desire to honor Swartz's memory and his battle for open access to documents on the Internet, said Micah Allen, a researcher in the fields of brain plasticity, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive science. "A fitting tribute to Aaron might be a mass protest uploading of copyright-protected research articles," Allen wrote yesterday on Reddit.
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M1 Home: M1 Med Beauty Berlin Academics share copyrighted journal articles on Twitter to honor Aaron Swartz This morning, hundreds of links to copyright-protected journal articles have appeared on Twitter in remembrance of Aaron Swartz, posted by members of the academic community. The call to the protest appears to have started on Reddit, where researcher Micah Allen said, "a fitting tribute to Aaron might be a mass protest uploading of copyright-protected research articles. Dump them on Gdocs, tweet the link. Think of the great blu-ray encoding protest but on a bigger scale for research articles." Early this morning the Anonymous Twitter account also announced its support for the action. Please share: Academics posting their papers online in tribute to Aaron Swartz using hashtag #pdftribute #ICYMI — Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) January 13, 2013
Researchers begin posting article PDFs to twitter in #pdftribute to Aaron Swartz « Neuroconscience Yesterday, as I was completing my morning coffee and internet ritual, @le_feufollet broke the sad news to me of Aaron Swartz’s death. Aaron was a leader online, a brilliant coder and developer, and sadly a casualty in the fight for freedom of information. He was essential in the development of two tools I use every day (RSS and Reddit), and though his guerilla attempt to upload all papers on JSTOR was perhaps unstrategic, it was certainly noble enough in cause. Before his death Aaron was facing nearly 35 years in prison for his role in the JSTOR debacle, an insane penalty for attempting to share information. We don’t know why Aaron chose to take his life, but when @la_feufollet and I tried to brainstorm a tribute to him, my first thought was a guerilla PDF uploading campaign in honor of his fight for open access. I’m not much of an organizer, so I posted in one of the many rising reddit threads and hoped for the best:
Twitter Campaign '#pdftribute' Roars to Life In Tribute to Aaron Swartz As mourning turns to frustration following the untimely death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz Friday, a number of researchers and supporters – activists in their own right – are taking to Twitter to participate in a large protest as a reaction to Swartz's suicide. The online event, running under the hashtag #pdftribute, has thousands of users contributing links to academic papers – regardless of whether they technically have permission due to the papers' copyrights – as a virtual representation of Swartz's beliefs in the availability of information in the academic world. "Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out.
The inspiring heroism of Aaron Swartz (updated below)Aaron Swartz, the computer programmer and internet freedom activist, committed suicide on Friday in New York at the age of 26. As the incredibly moving remembrances from his friends such as Cory Doctorow and Larry Lessig attest, he was unquestionably brilliant but also - like most everyone - a complex human being plagued by demons and flaws. For many reasons, I don't believe in whitewashing someone's life or beatifying them upon death. But, to me, much of Swartz's tragically short life was filled with acts that are genuinely and, in the most literal and noble sense, heroic. I think that's really worth thinking about today. At the age of 14, Swartz played a key role in developing the RSS software that is still widely used to enable people to manage what they read on the internet.
MIT to release redacted Aaron Swartz documents The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will release documents related to the case against activist Aaron Swartz but it will edit out names and other information, according to a letter from MIT president Rafael Reif to the MIT community. That will probably not be enough to satisfy Swartz’s legal team and other supporters who say MIT and overzealous prosecutors contributed to Swartz’s death. Whiteboard set up at MIT Media Lab for Aaron Swartz memorial. Late last week, lawyers for Swartz, the 26-year old programmer and civic activist who killed himself in January, requested that these documents be released to the public. Swartz’s father Robert Swartz, his partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman and his lawyers maintain that Swartz was railroaded by both MIT and the U.S. Attorney’s office, which prosecuted him on criminal charges for downloading too many articles from JSTOR, a database of academic articles.
'The Internet's Own Boy,' 'Virunga' make Academy Awards short list Two films that premiered on digital platforms are on the short list for Oscar nominations in the Documentary Feature category. Virunga, from Grain Media, premiered on Netflix in November. Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, the film follows a group of park rangers who are trying to protect endangered mountain gorillas from poachers, militiamen, and other dangerous forces in Africa’s oldest national park. Prior to the film’s release, Netflix partnered with Leonardo DiCaprio to promote the film and the issue it documents. As a result, the actor received executive producer credit. The other documentary on Oscar’s short list is The Internet’s Own Boy, from Luminant Media.