The rage over Aaron Swartz’s death continues. Its time to fry some ambitious politician Prosecutors.
Yet it would be a mistake to peg Aaron only as a liberator of information for the public good. He also built services to enable social interactions around information and ideas, because that’s how ideas have effect in the world. Aaron had a deep sense of the Internet as the site of a new culture of ideas, connection and play.
But it would also be a mistake to peg Aaron simply as a champion of social connectedness. He was that, but he was also a hardheaded fighter for justice. He was acutely aware of the advantages conveyed by accidents of birth: country, race, class, gender, sexuality and more. Access to information and to one another were, to Aaron, tools in the struggle to lessen the world’s raw unfairness.
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