The inside story of Aaron Swartz’s campaign to liberate court filings

Posted in ひと, ハッキング by shiro on 2013年2月11日
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Report: Aaron Swartz Didn’t Face Prison Until Feds Took Over Case

Posted in ひと by shiro on 2013年1月26日


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

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.

Middlesex County’s district attorney had planned no jail time, “with Swartz duly admonished and then returned to civil society to continue his pioneering electronic work in a less legally questionable manner,” the report (alternate link) said. “Tragedy intervened when Ortiz’s office took over the case to send ‘a message.’”

Report: Aaron Swartz Didn’t Face Prison Until Feds Took Over Case | Daring Fireball

We all know Ortiz isn’t the only prosecutor to act like this. But a prosecutor “sending a message” is an outrage. It is a plain violation of the accused’s rights for their punishment to be increased because of people unrelated to their case. The more I learn about this case, the more heartbroken and furious I get.

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Commons man

Posted in ひと, 追悼 by shiro on 2013年1月18日


Remembering Aaron Swartz: Commons man | The Economist

TO CALL Aaron Swartz gifted would be to miss the point. As far as the internet was concerned, he was the gift. In 2001, aged just 14, he helped develop a new version of RSS feeds, which enable blog posts, articles and videos to be distributed easily across the web. A year later he was working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web, and others on enhancing the internet through the Semantic Web, in which web-page contents would be structured so that the underlying data could be shared and reused across different online applications and endeavours. At the same time he was part of a team, composed of programmers like himself (albeit none quite as youthful), lawyers and policy wonks, that launched Creative Commons, a project that simplified information-sharing through free, easy-to-use copyright licences.

As Sir Tim put it, in fewer than 140 characters, “Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep.” And the web wept.

My Email Exchange With Aaron Swartz Shows An Original Thinker | Fast Company

Both iOS devices and Macs seem to be impervious to the discount game. In fact it’s so rare to find a significant price variance between retailers that, when it does happen, the event usually draws considerable press coverage.

With so many laws regulating competition among retailers, how does Apple pull off this amazing feat? It turns out that the company uses a fairly straightforward strategy, known as price maintenance, that takes advantage of the popularity of its products and exploits a quirk in the way retailers are allowed to advertise their merchandise.

Stay Curious | Daring Fireball

Still More About The Death Of Aaron Swartz | Esquire

Massachusetts is one of the high-tech capital of the world. This involved a major network breach at MIT, a major institution. Free information is a nice principle, but right now everyone is trying to bury it behind a paywall. Swartz ran up against the power of money. As smart as he was, he didn’t know when to back downand it sounds like his lawyer didn’t tell him.

Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

Posted in ひと, 追悼 by shiro on 2013年1月14日


Prosecutor as bully | Lessig Blog, v2

Aaron had literally done nothing in his life “to make money.” He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.

Lawrence Lessig on Aaron Swartz | Daring Fireball

RIP, Aaron Swartz | Boing Boing

Beautiful tribute to Aaron Swartz from Cory Doctorow.

‘Unsolved Forever’ | Daring Fireball

Remember Aaron Swartz |

Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death.

Remember Aaron Swartz | Daring Fireball

Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide | Daring Fireball

Aaron was a friend and a brilliant mind. He was my only beta tester for Markdown back in 2004, and frequently offered keen feedback on my work here at DF. He had an enormous intellect — again, a brilliant mind — but also an enormous capacity for empathy. He was a great person. I’m dumbfounded and heartbroken. Good thoughts and best wishes to his family and those who were truly close to him.

Legal Case Strained Troubled Web Activist |

The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s “Crime” | Unhandled Exception

MIT Responds to Death of Activist Aaron Swartz, Begins Investigation | AllThingsD

Researchers begin posting article PDFs to twitter in #pdftribute to Aaron Swartz | Neuroconscience

Hacker, activist, Internet wunderkind Aaron Swartz dead at 26 | The Loop

Aaron Swartz, hacker, information activist and developer, took his own life on Friday at age 26. Cory Doctorow has posted a eulogy for his friend at, and if you’re not familiar with his work, it’s a good place to start.

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