Sunday, January 13, 2013

Aaron Swartz

Tampa, Fl -- The new civil right movement for freedom of speech got a martyr that would be associated with the movement and with the fight against PIPA and SOPA the movement got their icon in the name computer genious Aaron Swartz.

During his lifetime Aaron Swartz was considered a genius and as well a felon as Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard Law School professor and director of the Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

But the hacktivist who died on Friday was facing federal charges due the liberation of information of subcription-only academic papers which he had the intent on distributing them around, which was if the charges turned positive he would spend about 35 years in prison and subdue to pay a US$1 million dollar fine; sample papers that he attempted to set free included The Poetics of Martyrdom by John Berryman, Mapping the Nigger and Trust, Testimony and Ocular Demonstration in the Late Enlightenment. JSTOR, which hosts the academic papers started offering limited free access to its archives just this week, but never pressed charges against Swartz, who was 26 years old. 
As it was posted on the Ycombinator website section by Swartz mother, Susan Swartz,  "Aaron has been depressed about his case/ upcoming trial, but he had no idea what we had no idea what he was going through was so painful." In theory, if his death plunged his admirers and peers into mourning, it also generated their rage and fury because Swartz may have come in recent memory of someone dying for a political movement but it create a problem because the baby boomers will see him as a slacker without even thinking that Swartz could have iconic relations to the counter culture movement back in the 60's and the 70's in order to feel identified by the actual cause on how heroes appear in order to defy the status-quo.

Two years ago, in January, 2011, Swartz was arrested for, essentially, setting information free—as an animal-rights activist might liberate a zoo. In 2008, he had thrown open PACER, a subscription-only trove of federal judicial documents. And then he had downloaded the 4.8 million articles from JSTOR. Of course, thanks to the magic of electronic reproduction, the articles still exist on the JSTOR site.
Swartz was charged, then, with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and damaging a protected computer.