Aaron Swartz

Born November 8th 1986

Died January 11th 2013


Was being charged with illegally downloading academic articles from MIT when he died

Charges dropped after found dead

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The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it.
You have a duty to share it with the world.
Sharing isn't immoral — it's a moral imperative.
We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access. With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we'll make it a thing of the past.
It's time to come into the light.

——Aaron Swartz July 2008, Eremo, Italy

The Internet's Own Boy

This is the FULL MOVIE, depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.


Creative Commons

Wanna Work Together? Pays tribute to the people around the world using CC licenses to build a better, more vibrant creative culture.


Cory Doctorow: Aaron Swartz and Hacktivism

Cory Doctorow, a friend of Aaron's, sits down with Steve Paikin to talk about the life, work, and hopes of Aaron Swartz, and the bigger battle that his death underscores: those that see the potential of a free and open internet to transform society for the better and those that seek to regulate it.


How We Stopped SOPA

Aaron speaking at ThoughtWorks August 16, 2012, tells how a tiny number of online activists managed to defeat SOPA, the Internet censoring bill, pushed by the entertainment industry, which had spent hundreds of millions of dollars per year trying to get it passed.


Aaron Swartz Excerpts

Some unedited excerpts of Aaron's insights, in which he discusses growing up in the age of the Internet, the importance of the freedom of speech and access to information, and how we as individuals are responsible for the future of the Internet


We Can Change The World

A SpunOut.ie interview with the late Aaron Swartz (1986-2013). Aaron was a co-founder of Reddit.com, RSS 1.0, Jottit.com and the Progressive Change Commitee


On Peer To Peer, Digital Rights Management and Web 2.0

From its inception in 1999, Napster was pursued by the music industry who succeeded in shutting it down. By doing so, they drove users towards decentralized methods of sharing with no centralized point of weakness. This was made possible network architecture or the so-called 'end-to-end principle'