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The inspiring heroism of Aaron Swartz

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. But rather obviously, Swartz had little interest in devoting his life to his own material enrichment, despite how easy it would have been for him. Suicide is an incredibly complicated phenomenon.

Remember Aaron Swartz by working for open society and against government abuses | Dan Gillmor As we mourn Aaron Swartz, let’s save energy for some anger — and activism. Aaron, whose work was entirely about making our world a better place, died by his own hand. He was 26, and he had a history of depression. But the demons that carried him over the edge surely got a boost from the United States government, which was prosecuting Aaron in a manner that demonstrated contempt for the facts, fairness, and the justice system itself. The case against Aaron, an object lesson of what happens when authority is cynically abused by the people in power, threatened more than Aaron’s liberty and his great work. So amid my grief for Aaron, I’m angry — and committed to working for honorable enforcement of rational laws, and for values Aaron exemplified in his short life. Aaron had made his presence known early. I didn’t meet Aaron until 2002, at a World Wide Web conference in Hawaii, though I’d heard of him and his work. His contributions were numerous, and some of them were indispensable.

Steinbeis Das Familienunternehmen Bussmann besteht seit 1898 und wird heute in dritter Generation geführt. Das Stammunternehmen, die Hermann Bussmann GmbH, begreift sich als Speditions- und Logistikdienstleister, operiert von seinem Stammsitz Vreden in Westfalen aus und bedient Kunden europaweit. Als mittelgroße Kapitalgesellschaft befindet es sich auf stetigem Wachstumskurs. 2012 beschäftigte die Hermann Bussmann GmbH 160 Mitarbeiter und verfügte über eine Flotte von 90 eigenen Lkw-Zügen. Am Beispiel der Hermann Bussmann GmbH hat Markus Bussmann eruiert, wie die Instrumente des ERM in einem KMU eingesetzt werden können, welche Hürden eine Implementierung zu nehmen hat und ob neben operativen Fragestellungen auch strategische Fragestellungen wirkungsvoll unterstützt werden können. Die Projektarbeit von Markus Bussmann lieferte für das Familienunternehmen Hermann Bussmann GmbH einen hohen Nutzwert, indem u.a. erstmalig ein fundierter Risikokatalog erstellt wurde.

The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s “Crime” « Unhandled Exception I did not know Aaron Swartz, unless you count having copies of a person’s entire digital life on your forensics server as knowing him. I did once meet his father, an intelligent and dedicated man who was clearly pouring his life into defending his son. My deepest condolences go out to him and the rest of Aaron’s family during what must be the hardest time of their lives. If the good that men do is oft interred with their bones, so be it, but in the meantime I feel a responsibility to correct some of the erroneous information being posted as comments to otherwise informative discussions at Reddit, Hacker News and Boing Boing. Apparently some people feel the need to self-aggrandize by opining on the guilt of the recently departed, and I wanted to take this chance to speak on behalf of a man who can no longer defend himself. I was the expert witness on Aaron’s side of US vs Swartz, engaged by his attorneys last year to help prepare a defense for his April trial. The facts: Like this:

Social Proof Is The New Marketing Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Aileen Lee, Partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she focuses on investing in consumer internet ventures. Full disclosure: some of the companies mentioned below are KPCB-backed companies, including One Kings Lane, Klout and Plum District (both of which count Lee as a board member). You can read more about Lee at and follow her on twitter at @aileenlee. As I’ve written about before, we’re in an amazing period of the consumer Internet. One challenge, which isn’t new, is the battle for consumer attention. What is social proof? Wikipedia describes social proof as “a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others reflect the correct behavior for a given situation… driven by the assumption that the surrounding people possess more information about the situation.” Consider the social proof of a line of people standing behind a velvet rope, waiting to get into a club. Five Types of Social Proof

Strongbox and Aaron Swartz Aaron Swartz was not yet a legend when, almost two years ago, I asked him to build an open-source, anonymous in-box. His achievements were real and varied, but the events that would come to define him to the public were still in his future: his federal criminal indictment; his leadership organizing against the censorious Stop Online Piracy Act; his suicide in a Brooklyn apartment. I knew him as a programmer and an activist, a member of a fairly small tribe with the skills to turn ideas into code—another word for action—and the sensibility to understand instantly what I was looking for: a slightly safer way for journalists and their anonymous sources to communicate. There’s a growing technology gap: phone records, e-mail, computer forensics, and outright hacking are valuable weapons for anyone looking to identify a journalist’s source.

"Weil Österreich die feigsten aller Politiker hat" - Konsum Heinz Kammerer (63) hat mit Teppichen und Fliesen ("Ikera") gehandelt, bevor er 1993 die Weinhandelskette Wein & Co gründete. Der Vater zweier Kinder hat die Getränkesteuer erfolgreich bekämpft, gilt als Vorkämpfer längerer Öffnungszeiten im Handel. Das heimische Rauchergesetz hält er für so "dumm und undurchdacht, wie nichts auf der Welt." Draußen an der Bar stehen Aschenbecher. Heinz Kammerer: Ich habe gestern auf der Mariahilferstraße (Anm: Hier befindet sich der Wein&Co-Flagshipstore) wieder gesehen, wie zwei Kundinnen um drei Uhr Nachmittag gekommen sind. Wieso wird das Thema Rauchen in Österreich so emotional abgehandelt? Kammerer: Weil Österreich die feigsten aller Politiker hat. Was wäre Ihrer Ansicht nach eine gescheite Lösung? Kammerer: In vernünftigen Ländern gibt es radikal ein "Ja" oder "Nein". Sie haben offenbar keine große Freude mit der heimischen Politik? Kammerer: Das Weingeschäft ist wunderbar.

MIT Moves to Intervene in Release of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File | Threat Level Lawyers representing MIT are filing a motion to intervene in my FOIA lawsuit over thousands of pages of Secret Service documents about the late activist and coder Aaron Swartz. I am the plaintiff in this lawsuit. In February, the Secret Service denied in full my request for any files it held on Swartz, citing a FOIA exemption that covers sensitive law enforcement records that are part of an ongoing proceeding. Other requestors reported receiving the same response. When the agency ignored my administrative appeal, I enlisted David Sobel, a top DC-based FOIA litigator, and we filed suit. Based upon an off-the-record conference call with the parties’ counsel and counsel for non-party Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”), the Court understands that MIT intends to file a motion to intervene later today, which will include a request for relief relating to the Government’s production of certain documents to Plaintiff. I’ll post MIT’s motion here once it’s filed.

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