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Telepolis: Internetaktivist wird des Massenklaus von Wissenschaftsartikeln beschuldigt

Zwischen September 2010 und Januar 2011 soll der unglaublich aktive 24-Jährige “systematisch und schnell” die Artikel von JSTOR heruntergeladen haben, in dem er sich durch den Einbruch in einen verschlossenen Schaltraum am MIT Zugang zu einem Switch verschafft hatte, um so in das MIT-Netzwerk eindringen zu können, wo er sich unter einem Pseudonym als Gast angemeldet hatte, was kurzzeitig möglich ist. Weil das MIT Kunde von JSTOR ist, konnte er so die Millionen von Artikeln auf sein angeblich zu eben dem Zweck erworbenen ACER-Notebook herunterladen.

Inside Higher Ed: The Activist Who Downloaded Too Much

NY Times: Open-Access Advocate Is Arrested for Huge Download

The Internet´s Own Boy - Die Geschichte des Aaron Swartz

www.geo-television.de › cms › the-internet-s-own-boy ... Aaron Swartz galt als erstaunlicher Denker, als Visionär ... Die Doku erzählt seine erstaunliche und höchst tragische Lebensgeschichte, ...

Podcast on aaron-swartz wunderkind-free-culture-movement-on-the-media

In 2013, 26-year-old software developer and political activist Aaron Swartz died by suicide. He had been indicted on federal charges after illegally downloading 4.8 million articles from JSTOR, a database of academic journals, and potentially faced a million dollar fine and decades in jail. While his death made headline news, Swartz had long been an Internet folk hero and a fierce advocate for the free exchange of information. In his book, The Idealist, writer Justin Peters places Swartz within the fraught, often colorful, history of copyright in America. Brooke talks with Peters about Swartz's legacy and the long line of "data moralists" who came before him.

Music in this podcast extra:

"Moss Garden" by David Bowie

"Heroes" by David Bowie; performed by The Meridian String Quartet

"Life On Mars?" by David Bowie; performed by The Meridian String Quartet.

This segment originally aired in our January 15, 2016 program, "Terms of Engagement." Hosted by Brooke Gladstone


Tim Berners-Lee: Aaron dead


> Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder.

> Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child.

> Let us weep.

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2013Jan/0017.html ... W3C

Aaron Swartz day on Nov 12-13: Onsite/online hackathon at the Internet Archive

Datum: Tue, 1 Nov 2022 11:59:15 +0100 Von: Birgit Müller <bmueller@wikimedia.org> Antwort an: Wikitech-l <wikitech-l@lists.wikimedia.org> An: wikitech-l <wikitech-l@lists.wikimedia.org>

Hi All,

The folks at Internet Archive reached out to us to invite people from Wikimedia’s tech community to this years’ Aaron Swartz <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz>day and onsite/online hackathon on Nov 12-13. The hackathon takes place onsite at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, online or at self-organized satellite-meetups.

You can find all information here: https://www.aaronswartzday.org/ <https://www.aaronswartzday.org/>

The organizers still welcome talks, workshops, or ideas for specific projects to work on - this could be a nice opportunity to connect with others, introduce folks to MediaWiki & Co, work & exchange on projects, or attend some of the talks (detailed schedule is not published yet - you can see the list of so-far-confirmed speakers here <https://www.aaronswartzday.org/#speakers>).

Admission is free, but you’ll need to register - please find all the info on their page. Also please feel free to share this info with anyone who might be interested.


-- Birgit Müller (she/her) Director of Technical Engagement Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>

Reviewer: h891322 - - March 28, 2016

Subject: MIT was joking around with him.

The whole manifesto is a accusation against Swartz, and he didn't get it, because he didn't read it clear enough. Reviewer: albertnikanorov - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2013

Subject: Is there the future for sharing with the books collobaratively by paying for one copy for one time? It’s sounds utopian, it is. Just imagine this scenario of our future for paying to read a book one time by one person. And there would be one place where this person will have a platform to sharing with this one copy anonymously or publicly as a author of.

I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Three days ago I released a concept page of that was barely an idea a couple month ago - thepiratebooks.org. I think it’s fair to say that this time come true and I didn’t quite know how reaction would be. But it was. Not so impressive I would have to say. The project is in lite version, and even I didn’t uploaded a collected files to share but I just wanted to know the reaction of my friends what they will say about the idea and how impressively they will support to share with their copies of books. I failed. In case you missed it, the thepiratebooks.org is alive for posting by everyone. thepiratebooks.org, is my idealistic and fictional concept for a everyone who can read. It has one purpose, and only one purpose: enabling ‘shares’ with ‘if you want to read this book you have to pay in cash’ for free for the masses by the person why had paid in cash. To do it quickly, easily, beautifully and efficiently. The thepiratebooks.org is about breaking down the same barriers that Amazon originally did for selling e-books. The main aim of thepiratebooks.org the same but with one little difference: share, if you paid your cash to buy a book in amazon.com, share with your copy of ‘knowledge’ with everyone all over the world for free. It’s a cornerstore value and in what I believe personally. All the knowledge we have today, all the progress we’ve made, are based on this simple fact – we copy. A spirit of free access to information and knowledge and today book burnings are done digitally, by blocking or closing down internet services that has non-profit believes that e-book have to be paid one time and the future of copy is let it fly for free by everyone who hasn’t enough money in order to take these flows of information to improve our world to more better place for sharing with worth to reading ideas for free. Albert, Yakutsk, RoS(Y), 2013 Swartz’s 2008 manifesto said sharing information was a “moral imperative” and advocated for “civil disobedience” against copyright laws pushed by corporations “blinded by greed” that led to the “privatization of knowledge.”

“We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that’s out of copyright and add it to the archive,” Swartz wrote in the manifesto. “We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.”

Swartz was 26 when he killed himself in January. He had been indicted by federal prosecutors in 2011 for downloading millions of academic journal articles from the nonprofit online database JSTOR using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer network. He faced a felony conviction and prison sentence for downloading the articles, though he maintained he had permission to access them.

And I’d like to introduce you my new project http://thepiratebooks.org/ created with the aim to support open internet as it said Aaron Swartz, and the Gorilla Open Access Manifesto is my ‘licence’ to provide free - access to all information that will be hosted there.

Sincerely, Albert.

P.S. I submitted reddit here, and question on Quora here. And the last but not the least words that I have to share are:

We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that’s out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.

With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge —we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?

Aaron Swartz, July 2008, Eremo, Italy

The post had published here. Reviewer: EdwardColl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2013 Subject: The law is for protection of the people "Oh so thank your lucky stars we've got protection Walk the line and never mind the cost And no wonder who them lawmen were protecting When they nailed the Saviour to the cross" -Kris Kristofferson

RIP Aaron - The tools and ideas you left us will change the world.


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