Aaron Swartz

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How Aaron Swartz Helped Inspire The Super PAC To End All Super PACs

Sam Gustin | Motherboard | June 30, 2014

Several years ago, the late internet activist Aaron Swartz had a conversation with one of his mentors, Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, that would change Lessig’s future...Swartz challenged Lessig to reevaluate his life's mission...

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How Aaron Swartz's Cause Wins In The End

Eric Posner | Slate | January 22, 2013

[... The] facts no longer matter: By becoming a martyr to open access, Swartz has, for better or worse, dealt a blow to government efforts to delegitimize hackers and their values. Read More »

In The Wake Of Aaron Swartz's Death, Let's Fix Draconian Computer Crime Law

Marcia Hoffman | Electronic Frontier Foundation | January 14, 2013

Aaron was one of our community's best and brightest, and he acheived great things in his short life. He was a coder, a political activist, an entrepreneur, a contributor to major technological developments (like RSS), and an all-around Internet freedom rock star. As Wired noted, the world will miss out on decades of magnificent things Aaron would have accomplished had his time not been cut short. Read More »

Internet Activist Death Places Spotlight On More Open Access To Information

Michael Geist | The Star | January 20, 2013

The Internet community has been reeling for the past week as it grapples with the suicide of Aaron Swartz, a prominent digital rights activist who left a remarkable legacy for a 26-year old. [...] Read More »

Introducing Aaron’s Law, A Desperately Needed Reform Of The Computer Fraud And Abuse Act

Zoe Lofgren and Ron Wyden | Wired | June 20, 2013

The Internet is up for grabs. [...] We need an informed public debate to ensure lawmakers make the right choices that fully preserve the vital openness of the Internet and the privacy and civil liberties of its users. Reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) should be a part of that debate. Read More »

Is Justice Served When Prosecutors Pile On Charges To Ensure A Conviction?

Michael Miner | The Bleader | July 8, 2014

The Internet’s Own Boy: the Story of Aaron Swartz isn’t a movie designed to leave audiences ambivalent about its subject. We mourn our martyrs, and we shake a fist at the powers-that-be that drive them to martyrdom...

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Judge Orders U.S. To Release Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File

Kevin Poulsen | Wired | July 8, 2013

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Friday ordered the government to promptly start releasing thousands of pages of Secret Service documents about the late activist and coder Aaron Swartz, following months of roadblocks and delays. Read More »

Judge Tells Homeland Security To Shut Up And Release Aaron Swartz's File

Mike Masnick | Techdirt | July 9, 2013

After Aaron Swartz's suicide, Kevin Poulsen filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security, asking for the Secret Service's file on Aaron Swartz, since it was the Secret Service that handled the bulk of the investigation. Read More »

Justice System "Overreach" Blamed In Suicide Of Open-Access Technology Activist

Declan Butler | Scientific American | January 15, 2013

Aaron Swartz faced an imminent trial for having downloaded some four million articles from a not-for-profit scholarly archive, and a possible penalty of 35 years in prison and a $1-million fine, which some call disproportionate to his actions Read More »

Late Digital Rights Activist, International Access To Knowledge Advocate, And NSA Spying Journalists Win EFF Pioneer Awards

Press Release | Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) | August 21, 2013

EFF to Honor Aaron Swartz, James Love, and Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras Next Month in San Francisco Ceremony Read More »

Law for All: Free Law Project’s Radical Approach to Legal Transparency

What does open access look like for the law? Through free access to primary legal sources, the Free Law Project provides an important service to advocates, journalists, researchers, and the public. Joining with an international movement for Free Access to Law, the US-based organization helps people know their rights in an increasingly uncertain and rapidly changing legal era. The Free Law Project is an umbrella organization for a variety of projects, including Court Listener for millions of pieces of legal data, the RECAP project (begun by Aaron Swartz in 2009) to freely open the PACER archive of legal data, a complete repository of Supreme Court Data, a repository of judicial opinions and seals, and a Free Law Reporters Database...

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Lawrence Lessig Lecture On Aaron Swartz, Law And Justice In The Digital Age

D.S. Wright | FDL | February 21, 2013

Lawrence Lessig marked his appointment as Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School with a lecture titled “Aaron’s Laws: Law and Justice in a Digital Age.” Read More »

Let’s Start Talking About Open Access

Sean Guillory | Sean's Russia Blog | January 13, 2013

[...] We academics rarely think about our work as a commodity, the mechanisms through which the public is denied access, and the profits corporations make by selling that access to mostly cash strapped public universities at exorbitant prices. But Swartz’s death is an indication that academic work is a high stakes game that can leave many of us with blood on our hands. Read More »

MIT Delays The Release Of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File

Abby Ohlheiser | The Atlantic Wire | July 18, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, it looked like the federal government would (finally) start releasing what amounts to thousands of pages of documents pertaining to the Secret Service's investigation into Aaron Swartz. [...] Read More »

MIT Moves To Intervene In Release Of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File

Kevin Poulson | Wired | July 18, 2013

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. Read More »