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Aaron Swartz and the freedom to read books that we paid for.

January 31, 2013

Issa probes attorney general over Aaron Swartz

Activists Flood Government Agencies With FOIA Requests in Tribute to Aaron Swartz

"In 2011, Aaron used the MIT campus network to download millions of journal articles from the JSTOR database...For this purported crime, Aaron was facing criminal charges with penalties up to thirty-five years in prison, most seriously for "unauthorized access" to computers under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.


"If we believe the prosecutor's allegations against him, Aaron had hoped to liberate the millions of scientific and scholarly articles he had downloaded from JSTOR, releasing them so that anyone could read them, or analyze them as a single giant dataset, something Aaron had done before. While his methods were provocative, the goal that Aaron died fighting for — freeing the publicly-funded scientific literature from a publishing system that makes it inaccessible to most of those who paid for it — is one that we should all support."--BY PETER ECKERSLEY

Farewell to Aaron Swartz, an Extraordinary Hacker and Activist

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz case prompts letter to US attorney general from congressmen

"Muckrock, a site that processes public records requests for a fee on behalf of journalists, lawyers, activists and others, decided to waive its fee (generally $20 for five requests) last week and offer to submit federal Freedom of Information Act requests for free to honor Swartz, who committed suicide earlier this month."--BY KIM ZETTER 01.30.13

"Swartz, among MuckRock's first users and supporters, used public records laws to attempt to find out more about why the federal government was pursuing Internet piracy charges against him. He also filed requests related to alleged WikiLeaks collaborator Bradley Manning and the U.S. Mint, among many other topics."

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