"You know, it's easy sometimes to feel like you're powerless. Like when you come out in the streets and you march and you yell and nobody hears you. But I'm here to tell you today, you are powerful."...
Technology doesn’t occur in a vacuum, as the heart-wrenching documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy” about the late information activist Aaron Swartz reminds us. And so the darkness that has enveloped th...
It was just a few months ago that Aaron Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit and a distinguished Internet pioneer and activist, took his own life. Swartz had found himself in serious trouble under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and was looking at a 35-year jail sentence. Under Aaron's Law, breaking online 'terms of service' agreements would no longer be against the law.
The American political conversation has refined itself into a contest between tech-savvy Democrats with armies of volunteers and wealthy Republicans with backroom boys. In other words, politics has become a war between the suits and the nerds.
According to Mashable, Aaron Swartz may have been a source for Wikileaks. If looked at in light of the U.S. vendetta against Wikileaks, their extreme overreaction to Swartz's "copyright violations" involving academic journals suddenly makes sense. The Government's response to Wikileaks has been nothing less than rabid.