I’ve read many eloquent eulogies from people who knew Aaron Swartz better than I did, but he was also a Foo and contributor to Open Government. So, we’re doing our part at O’Reilly Media to honor Aaron by posting the Open Government book files for free for anyone to download, read and share.
The files are posted on the O’Reilly Media GitHub account as PDF, Mobi, and EPUB files for now. There is a movement on the Internet (#PDFtribute) to memorialize Aaron by posting research and other material for the world to access, and we’re glad to be able to do this.
You can find the book here: github.com/oreillymedia/open_government
Daniel Lathrop, my co-editor on Open Government, says “I think this is an important way to remember Aaron and everything he has done for the world.” We at O’Reilly echo Daniel’s sentiment.
I just came across this article on Aaron Swartz when checking my yahoo e-mail.
Should you have to pay for public domain content from a public institution, or should Jstor continue to be the content mogul for academic papers?
Hacker and activist Aaron Swartz faces federal hacking prosecution for allegedly downloading millions of academic documents via MIT’s guest network, using a laptop hidden in a networking closet.
Swartz, 24, faces 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine under the indictment, announced last week, raising questions about his intentions, the vagueness of anti-hacking statutes and copyright as it applies to academic work.
But the indictment also left one other question unresolved: How did Swartz get caught?
The answer, it turns out, involves a webcam stakeout, the Secret Service and a campus-wide manhunt for a slender guy with a backpack riding a bike on MIT’s campus.
Swartz, the founder of the activist group Demand Progress, was arrested by the MIT police on January 6, charged with breaking and entering for allegedly entering a “restricted” networking room. The alleged purpose was to hide a laptop that was using a guest account on the MIT network to download millions of academic papers from JSTOR, an academic journal service that MIT pays for. However, MIT, which is open 24 hours a day to students and guests, allows students and guests to use the service and its network for free.