Remembering Aaron Swartz

A collection devoted to the impact of the Internet activist, hacker, and programmer 


Thoughts Following the Death of Aaron Swartz

A meditation


I didn’t know Aaron and I have no special knowledge of his life or death. We were only fellow travelers, but I admired him a great deal and still do. Like he surely was for many people, in many ways he was the sort of person I hoped I could be but could not. I am writing this because, first, I feel I know…


Schools Kill Curiosity

A confession


I realized this late but I never really enjoyed the “study” part of the school. I love sports and I played pretty good Football…


“The wound heals, but the mark remains”

On being beholden to Aaron Swartz


“Ah, it must be desolate and sad to outlive one’s own heart,” wrote the author of a handful of ground-breaking works published early in the 19th century, shortly before he joined a recent acquaintance in a meticulously planned suicide pact and carried it out, by all accounts, to the letter.


Aaron Swartz & Bradley Manning: Are free information icons a good thing?


“…and dimness would darken the entire sky of our freedom…”
-Anders Chydenius, 18th century free information…


Information doesn’t want to be free. People do.


On the same day the New York Times ran a story about how a faceless squad of hackers on the other side of the world has gone unchecked in…


Among the Summer Founders


I only met Aaron Swartz once, in the summer of 2005, when I visited Cambridge to write a feature for Inc. Magazine on the first season of Y Combinator’s Summer…


Listen for the Wisdom. Remember our Humanity.


Saturday morning I woke up, and the first thing I read was Cory Doctorow's obituary for Aaron Swartz. As I read the early words from Lessig


Confession


It wasn’t until a few days ago that I had ever heard the name of Aaron Swartz. And I have no excuse, save that the Internet is a big place. I should have known who he was. And now…


Learning the true value of content from Aaron Swartz


I must confess that at first I did not understand what the pioneers of rethinking content’s value—Lawrence Lessig, Joi Ito, Cory…

Remembering Aaron Swartz
Remembering Aaron Swartz

A collection devoted to the impact of the Internet activist, hacker, and programmer 

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