Aaron Swartz digital archive

Brewster Kahle, Carl Malamud, and Aaron Swartz's other radical archivist friends have put together an open repository for peoples' electronic Aaron Swartz files. Brewster writes,

"The Web team of the Internet Archive have been archiving all the aaronsw sites they are finding. But, Carl suggested we make a way for people to store digital archives related to him: email, photos, code, etc... It might be the first crowd-sourced Personal Digital Archive, or a digital memorial collection."

Welcome to The Aaron Swartz Collection


  1. Pretty sure this isn’t anywhere near the “first” crowd sourced memorial. Even in digital sense.

    It made me stop and think, what is my digital legacy? what have I left behind? what did I touch? who would remember what I did?

  2. It makes me think of memory palaces a-la Bruce Sterling’s “Holy Fire”. For some reason, this thought is unnerving. Technological advances can be good, but when they brush the science fiction reality starts to resemble fiction… 

    1. Do you seriously think we “brush” with science-fiction?

      We carry TONS and TONS of documents (entire file-cabinets, entire libraries, entire corporations even) in datacards as small as a penny. Our phones don’t just travel with us, they have maps of the whole world, can tell you which bus to take or whether it’s better to just walk, tell us everything that’s happening in the whole world RIGHT NOW, and if there’s anything they don’t know, they can connect to a massive global network that knows pretty much everything, and find an answer for you, in milliseconds. Our cars generate energy WHEN YOU BRAKE, and if they’re of the electric sort, they’re so silent that we have to force them to make noise just to safeguard blind people; and if you crash them, there’s a good chance you’ll come out unscathed thanks to space-age materials that can redirect energy at will. Our pans don’t even get dirty, food simply flows over them, and our glasses are cleaned by household robots. We have robots to clean our gutters as well as our floors. We can print newspapers or books at home, using an intelligent slab while sitting on the toilet (if one is so inclined). We fly on planes as big as boats, and sail on boats as big as villages. Everyone can see the surface of Mars. And what about 3d printing?

      We don’t “brush” with sci-fi, we LIVE sci-fi every day :)

      1. That’s the thing, we already live sci-fi, so it stops *being* sci-fi. The 3D-printers were also awe-inspiring initially, before they became common place.

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