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'The Internet's Own Boy' Is A Powerful Homage To Aaron Swartz

Samantha Murphy Kelly | Mashable | January 21, 2014

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz received a standing ovation at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this week just a few days after the one-year anniversary of the web pioneer's death rattled the Internet. Read More »

Aaron Swartz's Work, Computer Crime Law, And "The Internet's Own Boy"

April Glaser | Electronic Frontier Foundation | August 27, 2014

It’s been more than a year since Aaron Swartz’s tragic death, and now Aaron’s life is the subject of a new documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy, directed by Brian Knappenberger. The documentary has received much acclaim and deservedly so...

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Brian Knappenberger On Capturing The Life And Death Of Aaron Swartz In The Internet’s Own Boy

Jon Dekel | National Post | April 24, 2014

In 1986, the U.S. Congress, spooked by the fictional film War Games — in which a hacker unwittingly almost kicks off the Third World War by breaking into NORAD’s supercomputer — enacted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Nearly three decades later, that same anachronistic law became the basis of the overzealous prosecution and ultimate suicide of one of the online world’s most prodigious sons.

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Death Of A Hacktivist

Patricia Aufderheide | In These Times | May 19, 2014

Aaron Swartz was an Internet prodigy and a trouble-maker. The new documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is not only about Swartz, but about why we should care about the issues he cared about, and the trouble that triggered his suicide...

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Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

Evan Osnos | The New Yorker | January 30, 2017

Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery. He underwent the procedure not for the sake of convenience or appearance but, rather, for a reason he doesn’t usually talk much about: he hopes that it will improve his odds of surviving a disaster, whether natural or man-made. “If the world ends—and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble—getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass,” he told me recently...

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Google Is Making It Harder For The Goverment To Spy On Your Emails

Emma Roller | Nextgov.com | June 6, 2014

...The Personal Democracy Forum, hosted in New York City by the digital privacy crusaders at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, marked the one-year anniversary of Snowden's NSA leaks. The event also served to promote the Reset the Net campaign, which is trying to get Internet denizens to protect themselves and fellow Web users against surveillance...

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How The Legacy Entertainment Industry Poisoned The Well For The Innovation It Desperately Needs

Mike Masnick | techdirt | October 25, 2013

Soon after the death of SOPA, we wrote about a great post from entrepreneur Tyler Crowley (which, sadly, seems to have disappeared from the internet) discussing his reactions to some entertainment industry execs trying to "make peace" with entrepreneurs. He does a great job discussing different "islands of opportunity" for entrepreneurs, noting that certain "islands" are very welcoming for enterpreneurs and developers: [...] But, of course, when it comes to "music biz island" the "natives" are not particularly welcoming.

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NASA Takes To Reddit To Spur ‘Grand’ Ideas For Finding Asteroids

Cory Bennett | FedScoop | June 25, 2013

NASA is going to put a man on an asteroid in the next dozen years, and, like Uncle Sam, it wants you to help. Read More »

Open Source And Linux In 2014

Jim Lynch | IT World | December 29, 2014

In today's open source roundup: Looking back at open source and Linux in 2014. Plus: Switching from Apple laptops to Chromebooks, and the best gaming mouse for Linux?...

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Openly Streamlining Peer Review

James Rosindell and William D. Pearse | PLOS.org | August 3, 2012

We are delighted to host our first guest post on Biologue  by James Rosindell and William D. Pearse  from Silwood Park, Imperial College London. They share their view on how we might improve peer review. Read More »

The Day We Fought Back

Rainey Reitman | Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) | February 11, 2014

[...] The groups that organized this action have long been pushing hard for real surveillance reform. But we knew that the time was ripe—that the Snowden leaks, unrelenting media pressure, grassroots activism, and even pressure from within Congress—were creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the public—worldwide—the chance to voice its opposition to mass spying. [...] Read More »

The Internet's Anti-NSA Revolt Starts Tuesday

Dustin Volz | Nextgov | February 6, 2014

Thousands of civil-liberty and online-freedom groups and websites will take to the digital streets next week to wage a coordinated war against the National Security Agency's spying powers, a battle strike reminiscent of a virtual protest that two years ago killed an online piracy bill. Read More »

The Internet’s Own Boy Review: Remembering—And Honoring—Aaron Swartz

Sam Machkovech | Ars Technica | July 19, 2014

Documentary overcomes bias to tell reddit co-founder's tragic, remarkable story...

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The New Aaron Swartz Documentary At Sundance

Tim Wu | The New Yorker | January 21, 2014

“The Internet’s Own Boy,” a documentary about the life and death of Aaron Swartz, premièred on Monday at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation. The life of Swartz as a coder and an Internet thinker is well known. [...] The documentary, shot in the course of that year, gives us relatively little new information about the legal controversy, but it is deeply revealing about who Swartz was. Read More »

The Power of Many: How Does Open Source Journalism Affect PR?

Juliana Allen | Business2Community | July 2, 2014

...Crowdsourcing is proof that “more is better.” And given that information is gold to journalists, it shouldn’t be a surprise that so called “open source journalism” has been on the rise...

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