Archiv: Aaron Swartz


08.05.2022 - 16:20 [ New York Times ]

The Banality of Systemic Evil

(September 15, 2013)

In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolf Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system, following prescribed conduct with respect to that system, while remaining blind to the moral consequences of what the system was doing — or at least compartmentalizing and ignoring those consequences.

08.05.2022 - 16:09 [ Frankfurter Rundschau ]

Die Macht steht immer auf der Seite der Macht

(Erstellt: 20.01.2013Aktualisiert: 17.01.2019)

In einer Welt, in der die Architekten der Finanzkrise regelmäßig im Weißen Haus zu Abend essen“, schreibt Lawrence Lessig, Jura-Professor in Harvard und Autor der Zeitschrift The Nation, „in einer solchen Welt erscheint es lächerlich, dass Aaron Swartz ein Schwerverbrecher gewesen sein soll.“ Doch den 26 Jahre alten Internetaktivisten Aaron Swartz erwartete tatsächlich ein Prozess, der mit einer drakonischen Höchststrafe von 35 Jahren Gefängnis hätte enden können, dazu eine Geldstrafe in Millionenhöhe. Sein Vergehen: Er hat über das Netzwerk einer Universität mehr als vier Millionen wissenschaftliche Artikel heruntergeladen, die kostenpflichtig waren.

08.05.2022 - 15:38 [ GoodReads.com ]

The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz

(2016)

Here for the first time in print is revealed the quintessential Aaron Swartz: besides being a technical genius and a passionate activist, he was also an insightful, compelling, and cutting essayist. With a technical understanding of the Internet and of intellectual property law surpassing that of many seasoned professionals, he wrote thoughtfully and humorously about intellectual property, copyright, and the architecture of the Internet. He wrote as well about unexpected topics such as pop culture, politics both electoral and idealistic, dieting, and lifehacking. Including three in-depth and previously unpublished essays about education, governance, and cities, The Boy Who Could Change the World contains the life’s work of one of the most original minds of our time.

08.05.2022 - 15:31 [ Techdirt ]

Why Did The Secret Service Take Over Aaron Swartz’s Case Two Days Before He Was Arrested

(14.01.2013)

The same filing shows that MIT allowed all of this to happen despite no warrant, court order, or subpoena — just handing over all sorts of info.

08.05.2022 - 15:26 [ CNN ]

How Aaron Swartz helped build the Internet

(15.01.2013)

„Aaron was an embodiment of the Web, and a contributor to many of the aspects that made it great,“ said Matt Mullenweg, who founded the blogging platform WordPress, in a statement. „When I was young and getting into technology Aaron was even younger and literally setting the standards for the Web with contributions to RSS 1.0 and Creative Commons. He inspired a generation to share online, to move to (San Francisco), to not be afraid to start things, and to break down barriers.“
Swartz died Friday of an apparent suicide in his apartment in Brooklyn, New York. He was 26.

08.05.2022 - 15:12 [ Harvard Magazine ]

RSS Creator Aaron Swartz Dead at 26

(14.01.2013)

Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old computer genius, activist, and technology innovator known as a hero of the open-access movement—which promotes use of the Internet to provide free and easy access to the world’s knowledge—committed suicide last Friday in New York City, according to authorities and various media outlets. He was a Safra fellow studying ethics at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society in July 2011 when a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of gaining illegal access to JSTOR, a subscription-only service for distributing scientific and literary journals, and downloading five million articles and documents—nearly the entire library, according to Insidehighered.com.

09.11.2018 - 04:22 [ Radio Utopie ]

6. Aaron Swartz-Tag 2018: Freier und sicherer Zugang zu Informationen

Sichere Verbindungen und Datenbanken, Erkennen und Abwehr von Spionage-Software, freier Zugang zu Daten von mit staatlich finanzierten Publikationen: in San Francisco treffen sich ab heute über das Wochende Programmierer und Aktivisten zum „6th Annual Aaron Swartz Day 2018“

26.12.2017 - 14:35 [ Radio Utopie ]

„The Internet’s Own Boy“- Doku über Aaron Swartz auf halben Weg zum Oscar

(2014) Das Thema ist nach wie vor hochbrisant, setzen doch Politik und gewisse Wirtschaftszweige alles dafür ein, das Internet als Kommunikationsmittel, besonders hier das World Wide Web, Chat-Pogramme, den E-Mailverkehr, Messanger-Dienste und die Netzneutralität zu kontrollieren, zu reglementieren um mit den privaten Daten finanziellen Gewinn zu erwirtschaften oder die Privatsphären auszuspähen.

15.01.2017 - 02:25 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

“Everyone Made Themselves the Hero.” Remembering Aaron Swartz

On January 18, 2012, the Internet went dark. Hundreds of websites went black in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). The bills would have created a “blacklist” of censored websites based on accusations of copyright infringement. SOPA was en route to quietly passing. But when millions of Americans complained to their members of Congress, support for the bill quickly vanished. We called it the Internet at its best.

05.11.2016 - 03:07 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Support Whistleblowers at the Aaron Swartz Hackathon This Weekend

The 2016 Aaron Swartz International Hackathon—held in honor of the late Internet and political activist—will take place during the day Saturday and Sunday at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. The hackathon will focus on whistleblower submission system SecureDrop, which was created by Swartz and Kevin Poulsen to connect media organizations and anonymous sources and is managed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

05.11.2016 - 03:06 [ Radio Utopie ]

Zwei Tage vor Veranstaltung zum Gedenken an Aaron Swartz Grossfeuer im Internet Archive in San Francisco

(8.11.13) Am heutigen Freitag, den 8. November 2013, hätte Aaron Swartz, der sich für ein freies Internet ohne Zensur und kostenlosen Zugang zu Wissen für die Öffentlichkeit einsetzte, seinen siebenundzwanzigsten Geburtstag gefeiert. Zur ehrenden Erinnerung an den Internet-Aktivisten, der sich im Januar diesen Jahres das Leben nahm, hat das Internet Archive in San Francisco für heute zu einem Empfang, Vorträgen und Hackathon in sein Quartier in der 300 Funston Ave eingeladen.

13.04.2016 - 05:14 [ Techdirt ]

Techdirt Podcast Episode 69: Free Culture And Aaron Swartz (Part Two)

Last week we were joined by Justin Peters, author of the new book The Idealist all about Aaron Swartz, free culture and digital activism. The first half of the discussion focused on that broader context, and this week we continue with a closer look at Aaron himself.

02.02.2016 - 12:17 [ Techdirt ]

DOJ Lies To ‚FOIA Terrorist‘ Jason Leopold; Claim They Have No Documents On Aaron Swartz

Jason Leopold, who uses FOIA requests so frequently and so effectively that the DOJ once labeled him a „FOIA Terrorist,“ submitted a similar request with the Justice Department — specifically targeting the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts — which is the office out of which Swartz’s case was prosecuted. Obviously, they have plenty of such documents. In fact, in Poulsen’s DHS Swartz files there are emails between DHS and DOJ folks. But, an astounding three years and 11 days after Leopold submitted his FOIA request, the DOJ has told him it has no responsive documents.

That’s obviously bullshit. There’s simply no way that the office that was prosecuting Swartz has no responsive documents on the case.

16.01.2016 - 17:00 [ The Real News Network ]

Aaron Swartz – a Fighter Against the Privatization of Knowledge

Two colleagues and friends of Aaron Swartz talk about his activism and vision of technology in the service of a more democratic and just society

11.01.2016 - 21:44 [ Ben Wikler / Medium ]

How to honor Aaron Swartz’s life

(2015) Don’t be surprised if at some point in your life, maybe at many points, you find yourself submerged in a darkness that seems infinite and eternal. It might seem to you like it’s always been that way, it will always be that way, and there’s only one way out.

You’re wrong. It will get better. But it will only get better if you find some way to survive.

Aaron constantly asked himself how he could do more to change the world, but on one terrible day, he ended his ability to contribute forever. Don’t do that.

We need you. We need all of us. There’s a lot of work to be done.

14.07.2015 - 07:16 [ Zeit ]

Aaron Swartz: Ein schwieriger Mensch, der viele berührt hat

(14.Januar 2013) Es ist nicht unwahrscheinlich, dass wir die Auseinandersetzungen um das Urheberrecht in Zukunft einteilen werden in „die Zeit vor Aaron Swartz‘ Tod“ und die danach. Die Urheberrechtsextremisten haben mit ihm jemanden zum Opfer gemacht, der in seinem Leben sehr viele Menschen berührt hat. Diese werden seinen Tod nicht als Ende und nicht als Niederlage akzeptieren.

10.01.2015 - 01:50 [ Demand Progress ]

White House Responds to Calls to Fire U.S. Attorney Responsible for Aaron Swartz Prosecution

According to Demand Progress executive director David Segal, “Aaron, the tens of thousands who signed this petition, and the countless more who cared about his cause deserve much better than this meaningless rhetoric.

10.11.2014 - 14:38 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Join Us This Weekend in Honoring Aaron Swartz’s Legacy by Hacking for a Better World

Aaron Swartz fought for an Internet grounded in community, creativity, and human rights. By co-creating platforms like RSS, reddit, Creative Commons, and the technology that became SecureDrop, he helped build the tools that make information accessible to all, and in the process, called truth to power while putting power in the hands of the users.

05.11.2014 - 15:38 [ Youtube ]

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman on Aaron Swartz

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Founder and Executive Director of SumOfUs.org, speaks on Aaron Swartz memorial at the Cooper Union Hall, New York City on January 19, 2013.

20.07.2014 - 18:44 [ TruthDig ]

Aaron Swartz Can’t Fight the New Cybersecurity Bill, So We Must Do It

Now, a year and a half after Swartz killed himself, there is the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. CISA is a lot like CISPA, but could end up being even worse. Privacy and civil rights groups including the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are standing up to fight it. In an article about the bill, the ACLU’s Sandra Fulton wrote: CISA “poses serious threats to our privacy, gives the government extraordinary powers to silence potential whistleblowers, and exempts these dangerous new powers from transparency laws.” The bill has been approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and will move to the Senate soon.

20.07.2014 - 18:37 [ Ars Technica ]

The Internet’s Own Boy review: Remembering—and honoring—Aaron Swartz

Every element of Aaron Swartz’s brief, remarkable life exemplifies the stuff we cover all the time on Ars. His tech-filled upbringing, his teenage rise to geek royalty, his hand in reddit’s genesis, and his online political activism made him a worthy subject of Ars conversation well before he became a household name

28.06.2014 - 03:33 [ Radio Utopie ]

“The Internet’s Own Boy – The Story of Aaron Swartz” – jetzt öffentlich im Kino und Internet

Das Vermächtnis des Internetaktivisten ist der Kampf um ein von den Regierungen unzensiertes Internet mit freien kostenlosen Zugang zu Informationen und Wissen für alle Menschen. Wir alle wissen, mit welcher Verzweiflung diese weltverändernde Basis der nie zuvor existierenden unabhängigen Vernetzung zerstört werden soll. Es ist der grösste Krieg in der Geschichte der Menschheit.

28.06.2014 - 00:45 [ TechCrunch ]

Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever

Aaron Swartz was a young, bright genius who believed in the open Internet. A self-made millionaire by the age of 19, he co-founded Reddit, was part of the creation of RSS and became a political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was instrumental in the fight against SOPA.

28.06.2014 - 00:45 [ takepart ]

The Internet’s Own Boy – The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

22.06.2014 - 18:00 [ Boing Boing ]

Aaron Swartz documentary „The Internet’s Own Boy“ is available for CC-licensed preorder today

Starting today, „The Internet’s Own Boy,“ Brian Knappenberger’s award-winning, acclaimed documentary about Aaron Swartz, is available to pre-order as a Creative Commons-licensed (CC-BY-NC-SA) video download.

13.06.2014 - 03:36 [ ROXIE ]

DOCFEST: THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

04.05.2014 - 09:59 [ Hot Docs ]

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

As we hear from those closest to Aaron, this incredibly inspirational and moving story shows how one of the most promising minds of a generation found himself staring down a government prosecuting him under the very laws he was fighting against.

30.04.2014 - 06:42 [ Yahoo ]

‚The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz‘ Trailer

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

12.04.2014 - 01:40 [ WIRED ]

Booking Video: Aaron Swartz Jokes, Jousts With Cops After MIT Bust

Most people aren’t at their best when being booked by police. Swartz was exactly at his best: asserting his rights in a casual, shlumpy posture that disarms his opponents without insulting them. Able to defy authority one minute, and joke around with it the next, the booking video is an exhibit in miniature of the qualities that made Swartz such an effective activist, and makes his loss such an enduring shame.

“You seem like a good kid, man,” the booking officer remarks, near the end of the process.

“I think I am,” says Swartz.

31.03.2014 - 17:35 [ Techdirt ]

Details Show MIT Employees Gleefully Helped With Prosecution And Persecution Of Aaron Swartz

Last summer, MIT tried (weakly) to defend what it called its „neutral“ stance on Aaron Swartz, allowing the case to proceed even though the only party that had a legitimate claim to „harm,“ JSTOR, had come out almost immediately after Swartz’s indictment to say that it did not support the prosecution. Around the same time, we noted that MIT was in the midst of a legal fight to block the release of Swartz’s Secret Service file. Some found this effort a bit odd — but the reasons are now becoming clear. An investigative report by the Boston Globe, scouring 7,000 pages of discovery documents in the case, found that some employees at MIT appeared to gleefully support going after Swartz with all of the powers of the DOJ.

17.02.2014 - 13:19 [ Techdirt ]

NY Times Unimpressed With Any Online Protest That Doesn’t Rattle The Earth’s Very Core

As we recently announced and participated in, a group of websites, companies, consumer advocacy groups and digital rights organizations all joined forces for a day of action last Tuesday against mass surveillance. That protest, dedicated to the memory of Aaron Swartz, involved participants and websites running banners that urged visitors to head over to the protest website and contact their representatives. An underlying goal was to harness some of the outrage against SOPA/PIPA and direct it toward the NSA’s ongoing surveillance abuses, since online protest have been proven to help move the needle, even if they can’t all be on the scale of SOPA.

Not everybody was impressed. Because the NSA and friends didn’t immediately admit fault and declare an end to all surveillance before crying a lot, launching balloons and committing coordinated seppuku on the steps of the Capitol building, Nicole Perlroth at the NY Times took to penning a slightly-snotty article strongly suggesting the effort was a waste of time and „barely registered“:

13.02.2014 - 01:15 [ RT / Youtube ]

RT-TV – Palast on the Kochs and Aaron Swartz

Abby speaks to investigative journalist and best-selling author, Greg Palast about a document left behind at a Koch Brothers political fundraiser that reveals the dark money behind many right wing legislative campaigns in the US.

12.02.2014 - 09:00 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

The Day We Fought Back

(11.02.2014) In one day, over 71,000 concerned Americans picked up the phone and told their Congress to rein in the NSA. Far more sent emails to their members of Congress. Around the world over 200,000 put their name to a set of founding principles against suspicionless surveillance: by the NSA, by their own governments, by anyone who dares to violate our human rights.

We’ve done more in this single day to pressure the U.S. Congress to reform surveillance law than what months or even years of lobbying to date have accomplished.

We’ve demonstrated our strength. We’ve shown those who want to watch us that the whole world is watching them. (..)

Of course, the battle isn’t over. In some ways it’s just beginning. We’ve proven to lawmakers that we are powerful, united yet diverse, and that we are going to use everything within our means to combat surveillance abuses. But defending freedom online is a marathon, not a sprint. We’ll need to show them, day after day, that we won’t compromise or accept reforms that fall short. And we’ll continue to make every day a day we fight back against mass surveillance—in the courts, in the legislature, and on the Internet.

The late Internet activist Aaron Swartz famously said, when describing how the Internet defeated the SOPA blacklist bill, that: “We won this fight because everyone made themselves the hero of their own story. Everyone took it as their job to save this crucial freedom.”

Aaron’s legacy of fighting for a technological world that supports, rather than undermines, human rights inspired us today. Together, the hundreds of thousands of us that took action in the last twenty four hours, can live up to that legacy. Today, we began to win.

09.02.2014 - 20:30 [ Boing Boing ]

Join Boing Boing, Reddit, and websites all over the world on the 11th to fight mass surveillance

In two days, the Internet will erupt in a protest to rival the uprising against SOPA: in Aaron Swartz’s memory, websites everywhere will add code from TheDayWeFightBack.org to their templates, helping to flood Congress — and the world’s legislative bodies — with calls for an end to mass surveillance.

22.01.2014 - 03:29 [ Reuters ]

A year after his death, film explores Aaron Swartz’s online activism

„The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz“ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday and director Brian Knappenberger was joined by Swartz’s father Robert and two brothers, Noah and Ben, all of whom received a standing ovation.

21.01.2014 - 16:14 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

February 11th: The Day We Fight Back Against NSA Surveillance

In January 2006, EFF filed our first lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of NSA mass surveillance.

In January 2012, the Internet rose up to protest and defeat SOPA, legislation that sought to censor the Internet in the name of copyright enforcement.

And in January of last year, we lost a dear friend and fierce digital rights advocate, Aaron Swartz. We vowed to defend the rights of Internet users everywhere in his memory.

21.01.2014 - 16:08 [ ]

Transcription: Taren at Aaron Swartz’s Memorial – 2013 January 19

„You can do magic!“ he told them with a snap of his fingers and a picture of Harry Potter. For each anecdote he told about how programming can make the world a better place. „You can do magic,“ he said. Aaron really could do magic.

15.01.2014 - 08:20 [ Techdirt ]

Aaron Swartz Explains Why The NSA Needs To Be Stopped

Last week, when we wrote about the big „day of action“ against the NSA in memory of Aaron Swartz, to be held February 11th, a few folks questioned whether this was an appropriate issue, since they were unaware of Aaron being all that concerned about the NSA. Obviously, Aaron died months before the Snowden leaks, but as many folks who knew Aaron knew, the NSA was absolutely an issue he was quite concerned about even prior to the Snowden leaks. Brian Knappenberger, who has been working to put the finishing touches on his new documentary about Aaron, The Internet’s Own Boy, in order to debut it at Sundance, has released an astounding trailer of the film (which looks amazing).

12.01.2014 - 22:41 [ Motherboard ]

Internet Activists Look Back at Aaron Swartz’s Life as ‚The Day We Fight Back‘ Approaches

On January 11, 2013, federal prosecutors, in an aggressive campaign to bring high-profile convictions against hackers, finally broke the spirit of talented internet activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. Faced with 35 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, not to mention a long battle with depression, Swartz committed suicide. And with that, one of the great voices of internet activism fell silent.

12.01.2014 - 22:37 [ Huffington Post ]

Eric Holder Criticized On Anniversary Of Aaron Swartz Death

Members of the House and Senate are pressing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about the „aggressive“ prosecution and „tragic“ death of internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide a year ago Saturday while facing federal hacking charges.

Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) sent Holder a letter Friday, following up on an initial request for answers about the prosecution that Cornyn sent a year ago.

12.01.2014 - 16:48 [ Guardian ]

The inspiring heroism of Aaron Swartz

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.

12.01.2014 - 02:30 [ Youtube ]

Aaron Swartz – SOPA and The Day We Fight Back

These are clips and excerpts from interviews featured in the upcoming documentary about Aaron Swartz called „The Internet’s Own Boy.“ Sadly, Aaron took his own life on January 11th, 2013 after a two year legal battle. These clips show some of his work on SOPA, and his thoughts on the NSA.

11.01.2014 - 11:01 [ John Cornyn, U.S. Senator ]

Cornyn, Colleagues Demand Answers from DOJ on Aaron Swartz Case

Ahead of the one year anniversary of technologist Aaron Swartz’s death, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined with colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seeking responses to the still unanswered questions about the aggressive prosecution Mr. Swartz was facing at the time of his death.

In addition to Sen. Cornyn, the letter is signed by U.S. Sens. Wyden (D-OR) and Flake (R-AZ), and U.S. Reps. Issa (R-CA), Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Grayson (D-FL), Lofgren (D-CA), and Polis (D-CO).

11.01.2014 - 10:52 [ Lawrence Lessig / the Atlantic ]

Why We’re Marching Across New Hampshire to Honor Aaron Swartz

Forever, all of us close to him will wonder whether there was more we could have done to keep him. We hadn’t worked hard enough to help him. He was alone, surrounded by a million friends. And now, even now, forever it will be this now, a million friends are forever alone, having lost him.

I wanted to find a way to mark this day.

11.01.2014 - 10:50 [ Techdirt ]

Members Of Congress Ask Eric Holder To Try Again In His Explanation Of The Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz

(10.01.) Tomorrow is the anniversary of the unfortunate passing of Aaron Swartz. Senators John Cornyn and Al Franken, along with Rep. Darryl Issa, have now sent Attorney General Eric Holder yet another request for an explanation concerning the investigation and prosecution of Swartz. This follows on a similar request from last year, but these elected officials note both that the DOJ’s response was inadequate, and that it was also contradicted by the eventual report on the prosecution that came out of MIT.

11.01.2014 - 02:35 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Remembering Aaron

One year ago, we lost Aaron Swartz, a dear friend and a leader in the fight for a free and open Internet. The shock was, and remains, a profound one. It’s a testament to the power of his commitments and ideals that both in life and in death he has inspired millions around the world, including all of us at EFF, to redouble our own efforts to advance the causes that he believed in, and to untangle the twisted and brutal computer crime laws that were used to persecute him…. Aaron was an idealist who dreamed of opening up information far beyond just the law, though. The public deserves unfettered access to the products of publicly funded research and our shared culture, and he saw how the Open Access movement could play a part in that. He may have been heartened to see the great strides that movement has made in the past year. Aaron didn’t get to see the White House come out strongly in support of Open Access for research funded by the federal government, or the FASTR bill, which you should tell your lawmakers to support, but we can hope he would have been pleased.

10.01.2014 - 22:59 [ The Hill ]

Lawmakers press DOJ for Aaron Swartz files

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding answers from Attorney General Eric Holder about the Justice Department’s treatment of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz.

Eight lawmakers from both chambers wrote to Holder on Friday ahead of the anniversary of the programmer’s death and charged that the department has not been forthcoming about its treatment of Swartz.

They called the late programmer a “brilliant technologist and activist” and demanded that Holder explain how the department’s conduct toward Swartz was “appropriate,” as a U.S. attorney’s office has described it.

10.01.2014 - 19:07 [ Techdirt ]

In Memory Of Aaron Swartz, A Day Of Action Against The NSA

A bunch of websites and organizations are teaming up today to announce a day of action against mass surveillance in honor of the passing of Aaron Swartz. It calls out to those who fought back against SOPA to now join in this effort as well — as Aaron was deeply involved in both issues.

10.01.2014 - 19:02 [ February 11th 2014 is The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance ]

DEAR USERS OF THE INTERNET,

In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. A year ago this month one of that movement’s leaders, Aaron Swartz, tragically passed away.

Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.

If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines, fighting against a world in which governments observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action.

10.01.2014 - 12:45 [ Techdirt ]

Senator Leahy Tries To Sneak Through Plans To Make Merely Talking About Computer Hacking A Serious Crime

You may have heard about the recent high-profile, malicious hack of Target’s point of sale systems, giving the attackers access to the details of at least 40 million credit cards. Senator Patrick Leahy is, incredibly cynically, using this news event to try to sneak through a change to the „anti-hacking“ law, the CFAA, which was used to prosecute Aaron Swartz and many others. And it’s not a change to improve that law, but to broaden it, extending massively how the DOJ can charge just about anyone they want with serious computer crimes.

27.11.2013 - 02:10 [ New York Times ]

‘Why Care About the N.S.A.?’

I created this Op-Doc with excerpts from interviews that I filmed for an ongoing documentary about the programmer and online activist Aaron Swartz, who was concerned about surveillance issues long before Mr. Snowden’s disclosures.

09.11.2013 - 05:54 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Computer Fraud And Abuse Act Reform

After the tragic death of programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz, EFF calls to reform the infamously problematic Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). In June 2013, Aaron’s Law, a bipartisan bill to make common sense changes to the CFAA was introduced by Reps. Lofgren and Sensenbrenner. You can help right now by emailing your Senator and Representative to reform the draconian computer crime law.

08.11.2013 - 04:49 [ Radio Utopie ]

Zwei Tage vor Veranstaltung zum Gedenken an Aaron Swartz Grossfeuer im Internet Archive in San Francisco

Die Einladung “Please Come: Aaron Swartz Reception at the Internet Archive Fri Nov 8th in SF” wurde am 5. November im Netz veröffentlicht.

Nur wenige Stunden später, gegen 3.30 Uhr morgens am 6. November 2013 brach auf dem Gelände ein Grossfeuer aus (Foto) und zerstörte das Scanning Center. Dabei entstand grosser Sachschaden an hochwertigen technischen Geräten und digitalen Speichermedien.

08.11.2013 - 04:31 [ Boing Boing ]

Aaron Swartz celebration/hackathon kickoff, Nov 8

Lisa Rein writes, „Noisebridge and the Internet Archive are hosting a big event on Nov 8 (1830h-2100h) to celebrate Aaron Swartz’s life and accomplishments, and kick off an international series of hackathons that will be taking place all over the world in his honor, during what would have been his 27th birthday weekend, November 8-10, 2013. (Confirmed locations include, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Berlin, Boston, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Houston, Kathmandu, Magdeburg, New York, Santiago, Chile, Seattle and San Francisco.)“

17.10.2013 - 00:13 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Creative Commons Policy Statement Supports Real Copyright Reform

Without a doubt, Creative Commons, also frequently known as CC, has long been an ally in restoring sanity to copyright systems. Today’s statement makes that role more explicit. At EFF, we’ve long admired the organization’s work; as one token of that, we invited co-founder Lawrence Lessig to give a keynote at this year’s Pioneer Awards, and have given the award to founding board member James Boyle, and to Aaron Swartz who helped design the code layer of the licenses.

16.10.2013 - 17:35 [ Russia Today ]

Freedom of the Press Foundation takes over Aaron Swartz’s whistleblower project

Whistleblowers, rejoice! The Freedom of the Press Foundation is taking the helm of a secure document-submission service co-created by late computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, and wants to make it more accessible than ever.

The foundation — launched less than a year ago “to crowd-source funding for cutting-edge, independent journalism and publishing outlets” lacking mainstream support — announced early Tuesday that it has taken charge of the DeadDrop project, an endeavor announced earlier this year after the death of Swartz, a transparency advocate who co-created the system with Wired journalist Kevin Poulsen.

16.10.2013 - 07:08 [ Techdirt ]

Aaron Swartz’s Final Project: Secure Whistleblower Submission Platform Gets New Support

Today it was announced that the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an offshoot of the EFF which we’ve covered before, has taken over the project, now dubbed SecureDrop. Besides having the support of the Foundation to help with development and deployment of the platform, they’ve also announced that the system has gone through a significant security audit by some of the most respected names in the business, leading to a few additional improvements:

16.09.2013 - 14:33 [ New York Times ]

The Banality of Systemic Evil

In recent months there has been a visible struggle in the media to come to grips with the leaking, whistle-blowing and hacktivism that has vexed the United States military and the private and government intelligence communities. This response has run the gamut. It has involved attempts to condemn, support, demonize, psychoanalyze and in some cases canonize figures like Aaron Swartz, Jeremy Hammond, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

13.08.2013 - 20:09 [ Netzpolitik ]

Aaron Swartz: erster Teil geheimer Ermittlungsdokumente veröffentlicht

Die veröffentlichten Ermittlungsdokumente, welche zum Teil stark zensiert sind, belegen das Interesse des Secret Services am sogenannten “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto“, welches von Aaron Swartz im Jahr 2008 veröffentlicht wurde. In dem Manifest ruft Swartz dazu auf, auch urheberrechtlich geschützte akademische Papiere frei verfügbar zu machen, um Wissen allen Menschen verfügbar zu machen.

13.08.2013 - 13:03 [ golem ]

Wired erzwingt Veröffentlichung von Ermittlungsunterlagen

Das US-Technikmagazin Wired hat vor Gericht die Freigabe der Ermittlungsunterlagen zu Aaron Swartz erstritten. Der US-Geheimdienst Secret Service muss die Akten nach und nach herausgeben. Die ersten 104 Seiten sind veröffentlicht worden.

13.08.2013 - 06:14 [ Techdirt ]

DOJ Decided To Ratchet Up Case Against Aaron Swartz Because He Spoke Out Publicly About Being Innocent

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the MIT report concerning the case against Aaron Swartz. A number of people have picked up on some really questionable things in the report. One incredible claim made in it was that Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann, who was running the prosecution against Swartz, apparently admitted that he really only ramped up his efforts against Swartz to punish Swartz and the organization he founded, Demand Progress, for having the audacity to discuss the case publicly and explain why Swartz believed he didn’t do anything wrong. Here’s the passage from the report:

12.08.2013 - 22:42 [ WIRED ]

First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File Released

After half-a-year of delays and roadblocks, the U.S Secret Service today released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz’s suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial.

08.08.2013 - 06:58 [ Netzpolitik ]

Aaron Swartz: MIT hat nach eigener Einschätzung keine Fehler gemacht

Aaron Swartz, der zwar selbst kein Student oder Mitarbeiter am MIT war, aber enge (u.a. familiäre) Kontakte zu verschiedenen Fakultäten des MIT hatte, lud zwischen September und Dezember 2010 rund 500.000 wissenschaftliche Artikel von der JSTOR Datenbank herunter. (..) Im Januar 2011 wurde er festgenommen und angeklagt – zu diesem Zeitpunkt drohten ihm bis zu 35 Jahre haft und 1Mio USD Strafe.

31.07.2013 - 06:49 [ techdirt ]

MIT Defends Its ‚Neutral‘ Stance On Aaron Swartz As ‚Reasonable‘ Even As It Failed To Understand Importance Of The Case

The „bottom line“ is that it argues that MIT did its best to „stay neutral“ throughout the entire process, and that this was a perfectly reasonable legal strategy, though, possibly not the best ethical strategy.

10.07.2013 - 12:08 [ techdirt ]

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

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.

18.06.2013 - 05:51 [ techdirt ]

Retired Federal Judge Explains Why The FISA Court Should Not Be Trusted

Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner, who has appeared in stories here for years (she was the original judge in the Tenenbaum trial, and also spoke out about how US attorney Carmen Ortiz handled the Aaron Swartz case), has now highlighted a very important point about all of the NSA surveillance stories: at the heart of much of it is the secretive FISA court, and that court should not be trusted.

06.06.2013 - 07:40 [ Demand Progress ]

Tell Senate allies: Thank you for fighting for my son Aaron Swartz

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my son was destroyed by a system and prosecutors who still don’t understand the nature of what they did.

They destroyed my son by their callousness and inflexibility.

And the work of changing that system — of getting answers to our unanswered questions about Aaron’s prosecution — remains before us. For now, it’s important that those lawmakers who’ve already joined our cause know that we are thankful, and that we will continue to stand with them as they use their power to hold DOJ to account and seek justice for Aaron.

16.05.2013 - 15:06 [ Kevin Poulson / New Yorker ]

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.

16.05.2013 - 15:04 [ New Yorker ]

Introducing Strongbox

This morning, The New Yorker launched Strongbox, an online place where people can send documents and messages to the magazine, and we, in turn, can offer them a reasonable amount of anonymity. It was put together by Aaron Swartz, who died in January, and Kevin Poulsen. Kevin explains some of the background in his own post, including Swartz’s role and his survivors’ feelings about the project. (

01.05.2013 - 00:48 [ Truthout ]

If Bangladesh Can Hold Their Corporate Fatcats Accountable – Then So Can We!

In the United States, we have basically two different justice systems. There’s one for corporate executives and rich people, and one for everyone else.

Here in the United States, we hold people like Aaron Swartz and Bradley Manning accountable for their actions, but let people like JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs‘ Lloyd Blankfein, who have caused real damage to America, get off with barely a slap on the wrist. Just this week, JP Morgan avoided another court case that could have led to criminal charges by paying a small fine.

09.04.2013 - 20:27 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Calling All Engineers and Technologists: We Need Your Help to Reform the CFAA

We need you to help fix the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—the law used to prosecute the late activist and Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz. Specifically, we need you to start a conversation within your company about supporting CFAA reform.

09.04.2013 - 20:20 [ reddit ]

We are activists and academics who support reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

We are Demand Progress, Aaron Swartz’s partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Free Press, Orin Kerr, Jennifer Granick, Lawrence Lessig, Marvin Ammori, Tim Berners Lee.

Some of us will be on throughout, others will pop in and out over the course of the afternoon. (Lessig, TBL, etc won’t be able to answer every single question, but will probably get to those voted up to the top.)

08.04.2013 - 17:05 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Help Us Remember Aaron Swartz By Participating in Our Week-of-Action, Demanding Congress Reform the CFAA

Today, EFF and a host of organizations across the political spectrum are launching a week-of-action imploring Congress to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—the expansive law used to prosecute the late activist and Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz.

04.04.2013 - 09:24 [ Radio Utopie ]

U.S.A.: Gründung der Rechtsanwaltsgruppe ‘Whistleblower Defense League’

In den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika haben sich Strafverteidiger zu einer schlagkräftigen Verteidigungsallianz für Whistleblower gegen die Verfolgung durch die U.S.-Regierung zusammengeschlossen. Der Selbstmord von Aaron Swartz, die Inhaftierung von Bradley Manning, der C.I.A.-Whistleblower John Kiriakou oder der N.S.A.-Whistleblower Thomas Drake und weitere Opfer der Justiz bringen das Fass der Geduld in den Reihen der Rechtsanwälte zum Überlaufen.

30.03.2013 - 20:15 [ Demand Progress ]

No Harsher CFAA! Support Aaron’s Law Instead

The whole Internet is clamoring for reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because it stifles innovation and even imprisons activists and innovators like Aaron Swartz. (And could easily have been used against Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and countless others.)

So what are some Republicans in the House thinking about doing? Expanding it, and instituting even harsher penalties.

25.03.2013 - 19:31 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is broken

The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old coder and social activist, has shone a light on the sad truth about America’s misguided computer crime law. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has vague language that broadly criminalizes accessing a computer without „authorization,“ but doesn’t explain what that actually means.

21.03.2013 - 14:05 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Secret Service Reopens Aaron Swartz Freedom of Information Act Requests

The U.S. Secret Service is reopening all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests it had previously denied regarding the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz. The news was first broken via twitter by Truthout journalist Jason Leopold, who was one of the first reporters to request files from the Secret Service following Swartz’s death. EFF independently confirmed the decision with the Secret Service, which had been investigating Swartz’ mass downloading of scholarly texts from MIT.

14.03.2013 - 15:13 [ techdirt ]

Details Come Out On US Attorneys Withholding Evidence In Aaron Swartz Case

Last week, we wrote about Aaron Swartz’s girlfriend, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, releasing a statement accusing the DOJ of a variety of things that hadn’t really been covered before, including lying, seizing evidence without a warrant and withholding exculpatory evidence. That resulted in an interesting discussion in the comments, in which a few DOJ defenders suggested that since there were no details, we were probably making this up (as if we don’t have better things to do). Now, however, the details have come out. In a letter that was sent at the end of January (but just now leaked to the press), Swartz’s lawyers highlight how Assistant US Attorney Steve Heymann was responsible for the charges above.

08.03.2013 - 21:13 [ Techdirt ]

Aaron Swartz’s Partner Accuses DOJ Of Lying, Seizing Evidence Without A Warrant & Withholding Exculpatory Evidence

Yesterday we wrote about Attorney General Eric Holder’s ridiculous claims defending the prosecution of Aaron Swartz. We noted two key things that were ridiculous. First, Holder insisted that Swartz was only facing a few months in jail (he implied 5 months, tops) and scolded the media for claiming it was 35 years. As we noted it was the US Attorneys‘ own press release that trumpeted the 35 years. More importantly, the few months in prison was only if he agreed to plead guilty.

07.03.2013 - 16:16 [ Wired ]

Attorney General: Aaron Swartz Case Was a ‘Good Use of Prosecutorial Discretion’

Holder, the nation’s top prosecutor, is the highest-ranking member of the President Barack Obama administration to defend the indictment and prosecution of the former director of Demand Progress, who committed suicide in January as his April trial approached. Holder’s comments come seven weeks after Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, whose office was prosecuting Swartz, said the authorities’ actions were “appropriate in bringing and handling this case.”

01.03.2013 - 14:34 [ Main Justice ]

Aaron Swartz Partner: Prosecution was ‘Political’

The partner of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz has called his prosecution “political,” after reading a report in the Huffington Post of a briefing last week for congressional staffers given by a Department of Justice official.

28.02.2013 - 15:34 [ Youtube ]

Lessig on `Aaron’s Laws – Law and Justice in a Digital Age`

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.“ The lecture honored the memory and work of Aaron Swartz, the programmer and activist who took his own life on Jan. 11, 2013 at the age of 26.

20.02.2013 - 07:23 [ Daniel Wright / Firedoglake ]

Aaron Swartz’s FBI File

Two of the 23 pages were not released, according to the FBI, due to; privacy (U.S.C Section 552 (b)(7)(C)), sources and methods (U.S.C Section 552 (b)(7)(E)) and, curiously, putting someone’s life in danger (U.S.C Section 552 (b)(7)(F)).

Putting someone’s life in danger?

08.02.2013 - 12:37 [ Petitionen / Weißes Haus ]

we petition the obama administration to: Fire Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann’s overzealous prosecution of an allegedly minor and non-violent electronic crime led to the suicide of Aaron Swartz. President Obama recently said, as repeated by Vice President Biden, „if our actions result in saving only one life, they’re worth taking.“ We should not destroy the lives of human beings for crimes against computer systems that harm no one and provide no benefit to the perpetrator. Such actions should be treated as forms of protest and civil disobedience. To prosecute these actions the same as rapes and murders is a savage abuse of the criminal justice system which continues to destroy the lives of peaceful, productive members of society.

30.01.2013 - 18:36 [ VICE ]

Aaron Swartz Died for Piers Morgan’s Sins

By Greg Palast
Who is the rightful owner of this information? A document called The Constitution says, “We, The People.” (The Bill of Rights is now available on JSTOR free of charge.)

27.01.2013 - 20:37 [ The Nation ]

Government Persecution, From Aaron Swartz to Bradley Manning

The death of Aaron Swartz has rallied a small counterattack against the know-nothing state: mild law professors are spitting nails about bullying prosecutors, and the US attorney overseeing the case, Carmen Ortiz, no longer has a bright future in Massachusetts politics. “Aaron’s Law,” a bill proposed by Representative Zoe Lofgren, would prune the overreaching Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and even right-wing Senator John Cornyn is asking whether the case against Swartz was retaliation for the activist’s assertive use of Freedom of Information Act requests.

27.01.2013 - 14:44 [ Rolling Stone ]

Why Did the Justice System Target Aaron Swartz?

26-year-old Internet activist’s tragic suicide raises questions about prosecutorial overreach

27.01.2013 - 14:43 [ Technorati ]

U.S. Congress Proposes „Aaron Swartz Law“

A new law called „Aaron Law“ to make some changes in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) may soon become a reality as the said law is being proposed by Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a lawmaker who has been in the forefront of Internet freedom issues in Congress for years.

26.01.2013 - 18:30 [ Weißes Haus / Petitionen ]

We petition the Obama Administration to: Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.

It is too late to do anything for Aaron Swartz, but the who used the powers granted to them by their office to hound him into a position where he was facing a ruinous trial, life in prison and the ignominy and shame of being a convicted felon; for an alleged crime that the supposed victims did not wish to prosecute.

A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her path.

26.01.2013 - 18:28 [ Cnet ]

Swartz didn’t face prison until feds took over case, report says

State prosecutors who investigated the late Aaron Swartz had planned to let him off with a stern warning, but federal prosecutor Carmen Ortiz took over and chose to make an example of the Internet activist, according to a report in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

26.01.2013 - 08:23 [ Techdirt ]

Aaron Swartz Unlikely To Face Jail Or Conviction… Until Feds Decided To ´Send A Message´

Things just keep looking worse and worse in the Carmen Ortiz/Stephen Heymann vendetta against Aaron Swartz. Now it’s come out that state prosecutors, who were originally looking into the case had no interest in pursuing felony charges or prison time…

until Carmen Ortiz and her team showed up.

25.01.2013 - 18:11 [ Huffington Post ]

John Kiriakou Hopes Aaron Swartz’s Death Sparks Discussion Of Prosecutorial Overreach

„I’m frankly surprised that more people haven’t committed suicide because of the way the Justice Department overreaches on these cases,“ said John Kiriakou, a 14-year CIA veteran who pleaded guilty to leaking the identity of another officer involved in the agency’s terrorist interrogation program. „In my view, the Aaron Swartz prosecution is very typical of the Justice Department’s policy of going after people in such a big way that the point is not necessarily to prosecute them, but it is to destroy them personally.“

24.01.2013 - 04:46 [ Cryptome ]

Alleged Downloads by Aaron Swartz Series

23 January 2013. Excerpt from USA court filing:

23.01.2013 - 22:36 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Part 2: EFF’s Additional Improvements to Aaron’s Law

In our first post, we presented some initial thinking about how to fix the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and wire fraud law in light of the tragic prosecution of Aaron Swartz.

23.01.2013 - 07:53 [ techdirt ]

Aaron Swartz’s Death Leads To Public Attention Towards Prosecutorial Overreach

Perhaps one good thing coming out of all of this however, is that more and more press outlets are suddenly paying attention to the wider issue of prosecutorial overreaction:

23.01.2013 - 01:50 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Memorial for Aaron Swartz at the Internet Archive

Please join us as we gather to remember Aaron Swartz. Reception at 7:00pm, memorial at 8:00pm.

21.01.2013 - 21:39 [ Counterpunch ]

Hounded by America’s Javerts: Did the Government Drive Aaron Swartz to Suicide?

In Les Misérables, an obsessed French police officer, Javert, relentlessly pursues Jean Valjean, a man who represents no danger to society but whose minor infraction brought down the wrath of the brutal government, including 19 years of hard labor and a lifetime of parole.

21.01.2013 - 18:19 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

3. We have strong reasons to believe, but cannot prove, that Aaron Swartz was a WikiLeaks source

#aaronswartz

21.01.2013 - 18:18 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

2. Aaron Swartz was in communication with Julian Assange, including during 2010 and 2011

21.01.2013 - 18:17 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Due to the investigation into the Secret Service involvement with #AaronSwartz we have decided to disclose the following facts (1-3)

21.01.2013 - 15:57 [ Crikey ]

Online activists and exemplary punishment

Across the world, authorities are wildly overreacting to the threat posed by online activism. History says it won’t work. Expect more Aaron Swartzs, Bradley Mannings and Kim Dotcomes in coming years.

21.01.2013 - 10:22 [ Süddeutsche ]

Debatte um Internetgesetze: „Verhindern, was Aaron passiert ist“

„Aarons Gesetz“ soll den aus dem Jahr 1984 stammenden Computer Fraud And Abuse Act revidieren, auf den sich die Anklage im Fall Swartz stützte, und, so Lofgren, „verhindern, dass anderen Nutzern, das widerfährt, was Aaron passiert ist“. Ein reiner Verstoß gegen Nutzungsbedingungen dürfte demnach nicht mehr als kriminell gewertet werden.

21.01.2013 - 10:21 [ Frankfurter Rundschau ]

Aaron Swartz: Die Macht steht immer auf der Seite der Macht

Die Erfolgsaussichten schätzt Ryan Singel auf Wired.com in beiden Fällen eher gering ein: „Die Macht steht immer auf der Seite der Macht. Das heißt: Die Macht wird sich niemals schuldig bekennen.“

20.01.2013 - 12:29 [ Radio Utopie ]

Swartz, Aaron Swartz

Aus der gestrigen Gedenkveranstaltung für Aaron Swartz in der Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, einer in gewissen zurückgebliebenen finstren Tälern der Ahnungslosen des Planeten Erde undenkbaren Einrichtung, die Rede von Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman.

20.01.2013 - 11:18 [ New York Times ]

At a Memorial, Love for an Internet Activist and Anger Over His Death

Not a seat sat empty on Saturday evening in the Great Hall at Cooper Union, where approximately 1,000 people gathered to remember Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist and programmer who pressed doggedly for the free flow of ideas.

20.01.2013 - 11:14 [ Guardian ]

Aaron Swartz: cannon fodder in the war against internet freedom

Governments are determined to control the internet, and if hackers like Swartz get in the way, they will be crushed

20.01.2013 - 11:13 [ you tube ]

F2C2012: Aaron Swartz keynote – „How we stopped SOPA“

Aaron Swartz keynote – „How we stopped SOPA“ at F2C:Freedom to Connect 2012, Washington DC on May 21 2012.

20.01.2013 - 11:12 [ you tube ]

‚Aaron was killed by the government‘ – Robert Swartz on his son’s death

On Tuesday, the funeral services of Aaron Swartz took place outside of Chicago, Illinois.

20.01.2013 - 11:08 [ you tube ]

Aaron Swartz – a Fighter Against the Privatization of Knowledge

Two colleagues and friends of Aaron Swartz talk about his activism and vision of technology in the service of a more democratic and just society

20.01.2013 - 11:04 [ you tube ]

Feds Spied On and Terrified Aaron Swartz

David Segal, friend of recently deceased Aaron Swartz gave a speech at a memorial service at the great hall of Copper Union in NYC on January 19th 2013. David Segal is the executive director of Demand Progress. David talks about discovering FOIA documents with Aaron, that detailed the spying of Aaron and his family.

20.01.2013 - 09:50 [ techdirt ]

A Week Later: Reflecting On Aaron Swartz

I have a big list of people who I’ve asked to do the weekly Techdirt favorites — along with many people who I want to ask, and each week I pick people off of that list. Aaron’s been on that list for a long, long time, and I never got around to asking him. And now I never will.

This week, instead of our usual „favorites of the week“ post from the community, I wanted to bring together some of the posts we had about Aaron, and ask people to reflect, and think about how to help continue to build out the legacy of some of what Aaron started.

19.01.2013 - 01:07 [ Chicago ist ]

Listen: Aaron Swartz On Chicago Public Radio In 2001

In 2001, Chicago Public Radio’s Lew Koch interviewed a clever 14-year-old boy for the „Eight Forty-Eight“ morning news show. Aaron Swartz’s voice sounds incredibly young while he discusses intricate theories and trends, making predictions of what he and the web would grow up to be.

16.01.2013 - 21:44 [ Boston Globe ]

On humanity, a big failure in Aaron Swartz case

If it was beyond scandalous that Aaron Swartz was facing 35 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines for downloading a bunch of obscure academic treatises without a subscription, it is beyond tragic that he is now dead.

16.01.2013 - 21:43 [ Unhandled.com ]

The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s “Crime”

I have confirmed with Aaron’s attorneys that I am free to discuss these issues now that the criminal case is moot.

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.

16.01.2013 - 21:42 [ Golem ]

Aaron Swartz: US-Kongressabgeordnete fordert „Aaron’s Law“

Die Strafverfolger hätten die eher vagen Formulierungen der Gesetze genutzt, um eine Verletzung der Nutzungsbedingungen als Verstoß gegen den Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) auszulegen. Diese Auslegung des Gesetzes sei geeignet, um viele Internetnutzer zu kriminalisieren und haarsträubend schwere Strafen zu verhängen, erklärte Lofgren auf der von Swartz mitgegründeten Website Reddit.

16.01.2013 - 16:00 [ Deutsche Wirtschafts-Nachrichten ]

Aaron Swartz: Trieben US-Behörden Internet-Aktivisten in den Tod?

Der Selbstmord des Internet-Aktivisten Aaron Swartz sorgt in den USA für Aufsehen: Bis zu seinem Tod war der Mitbegründer der RSS-Feeds von den US-Strafbehörden eingeschüchtert und unter Druck gesetzt worden. Swartz war einer der Mitbegründer der Bürgerinitiative gegen Internet-Zensur.

15.01.2013 - 11:00 [ New Yorker ]

How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz—And Us

We can rightly judge a society by how it treats its eccentrics and deviant geniuses—and by that measure, we have utterly failed.

15.01.2013 - 10:56 [ techdirt ]

Why Did The Secret Service Take Over Aaron Swartz’s Case Two Days Before He Was Arrested

Many have noted that the US Attorneys had made a new filing on the day that Aaron Swartz committed suicide. While the filing may look like just a standard procedural filing, some are pointing out that it highlights some highly unusual activity in the case.

14.01.2013 - 22:36 [ Russia Today ]

US court drops charges on Aaron Swartz days after his suicide

A federal court in Massachusetts has dismissed the hacking case against Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide on January 11 while facing decades behind bars and a $1 million fine.

14.01.2013 - 20:14 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

In the Wake of Aaron Swartz’s Death, Let’s Fix Draconian Computer Crime Law

Aaron was a powerful force for change, and he would still be working toward that goal if he were here. His memory should challenge us to make the Internet, the law, and the world better. One place to start is the CFAA.

14.01.2013 - 15:33 [ Think Progress ]

Aaron Swartz Faced A More Severe Prison Term Than Killers, Slave Dealers And Bank Robbers

Indeed, if Swartz’s story reveals anything, it is the power of prosecutors to pressure defendants into plea bargains by stringing multiple criminal charges together and threatening outlandish prison sentences. Whatever one thinks of Swartz’s actions, which were likely illegal and probably should be illegal, it is difficult to justify treating him as if he were a more dangerous criminal than someone who flies into a rage and kills their own brother.

14.01.2013 - 12:12 [ Radio Utopie ]

Offizielles Statement der Familie und Partner von Aaron Swartz

„Aarons unersättliche Neugier, Kreativität und Brillanz, seine reflexive Empathie und Fähigkeit zur selbstlosen, grenzenlose Liebe, seine Weigerung, Unrecht zu akzeptieren – diese Gaben machte die Welt und unser Leben, viel heller. Wir sind dankbar für unsere Zeit mit ihm, für diejenigen, die ihn liebten und zu ihm standen und all denjenigen, die seine Arbeit für eine bessere Welt fortsetzen.“

14.01.2013 - 01:48 [ Youtube ]

Video: Aaron Swartz on WikiLeaks vs. the New York Times

06.05.2011 Wall Street Journal, owned by Rupert Murdoch has launched their own leaking website, Safe House. But in their terms of conditions, those leakers who choose to remain anonymous must first enter into a confidentiality agreement that basically says they hold the right to disclose any information about the leaker to law enforcement authorities, without notice, in order to comply with laws. Aaron Swartz, Executive Director of DemandProgress.org, weighs in.

13.01.2013 - 23:20 [ Golem ]

Aaron Swartz: Vorwürfe gegen Staatsanwalt und MIT

Familie und Partnerin von Aaron Swartz haben nach dessen Selbstmord Vorwürfe gegen die Strafverfolgungsbehörden in Massachusetts und gegen das MIT erhoben.

12.01.2013 - 23:30 [ Radio Utopie ]

Computerexperte und Open Source-Aktivist Aaron Swartz beging Selbstmord

Öffentliche Dokumente gehören ins Öffentliche Netz – ein weiterer sinnloser Tod, den die US-Regierung mit ihrem Cyberwar- und Security-Wahn auf dem Gewissen hat

12.01.2013 - 23:24 [ Quinn Norton ]

My Aaron Swartz, whom I loved

We were destroyed by the investigation, and by enduring so much together in the five years of the difficult love affair of difficult people. In the end he told me he needed to get away from me. I let him go, and waited for the day he’d come back. I knew that one day we’d have a day to be together again, though probably not as lovers. Together, as something that doesn’t have a word. He went on to another relationship, and I know he touched her like he did me, because that’s how he touched people.

A part of me died with him. A part will always be with him.

12.01.2013 - 23:17 [ Neue Züricher Zeitung ]

Aaron Swartz begeht Selbstmord

Im Februar hätte das Verfahren gegen ihn beginnen sollen.

12.01.2013 - 23:17 [ New York Times ]

Aaron Swartz, Precocious Programmer and Internet Activist, Dies at 26

in July 2011, he was indicted on federal charges of gaining illegal access to JSTOR, a subscription-only service for distributing scientific and literary journals, and downloading 4.8 million articles and documents, nearly the entire library.
Charges in the case, including wire fraud and computer fraud, were pending at the time of Mr. Swartz’s death, carrying potential penalties of up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

20.07.2011 - 13:56 [ Demand Progress ]

More Than 35,000 Sign Petition In Support Of Aaron Swartz

More than 35,000 people have now signed Demand Progress’s petition in support of Aaron Swartz, hosted at www.DemandProgress.org. Mainstream media coverage has also turned in Swartz’s favor. Here’s what people are saying:

20.07.2011 - 13:15 [ DEMAND PROGRESS! ]

Show Your Support For Aaron

James Jacobs, the Government Documents Librarian at Stanford University — where Aaron did undergraduate work — denounced the arrest: „Aaron’s prosecution undermines academic inquiry and democratic principles,“ Jacobs said. „It’s incredible that the government would try to lock someone up for allegedly looking up articles at a library.“

Please demonstrate your support for Aaron by signing onto this statement:

PETiTION OF SUPPORT FOR AARON SWARTZ: We stand with Aaron Swartz and his lifetime of work on ethics in government and academics.