Aaron Swartz's politics weren't just about free technology: they were about freeing humanity

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6 Responses to “Aaron Swartz's politics weren't just about free technology: they were about freeing humanity”

  1. lava says:

    Sadly we need more people with enough courage to stand up the way he did. Its just unbelievable to me the zeal with which he was prosecuted, while in the wake of financial corruption, and real collapse the bankers and hedge fund managers that fueled our financial collapse simply walk away from the wreckage enriched. If the justice department can rationalize a hacking accusation for Swartz, then they can certainly rationalize a hacking accusation for the hedge fund managers that implored banks to offer more doomed securities while at the same time betting against them by an order of magnitude.

    • wysinwyg says:

       When you don’t have a real economy you have to fake it.

      Two major ways have been discovered and have been propping up the US “economy” since the late ’80′s or so:
      1. Exotic financial instruments (CDO’s, etc.)
      2. Intellectual property.

      In other words, the government is on the side of the bankers for exactly the same reason it was against Aaron Swartz.  Don’t expect this to change barring a significant popular uprising.  Better yet, don’t expect this to change.

  2. Rob Coon says:

    At least one deleted comment was upset that Swartz was a “thief,” but I would suggest taking a look at the income model of JSTOR.  Universities and study authors make no money by publishing in JSTOR, and JSTOR is a non-profit.  The only entity that stood to lose money from Swartz’s actions was JSTOR, an organization that has legally asserted it has no interest in making money.

    • tfkerxxk says:

      I can understand why MIT was angered enough to throw the book at him. There’s a fine line between a clever hack and old fashioned breaking and entering. If you sneak in to put a cow on the roof, well, that’s cute. If you sneak in to clean out the file cabinets, it’s much harder for the institution to smile at it.

      • thecleaninglady says:

        He did neither so your comparisons make no sense. Giving free access to papers which are advertised as free is not cleaning file cabinets.

  3. His father and older brother work in MIT you moron. He has a guest account in the facility and he allowed to go where eve he wants in there. That place he went was not even locked.

    This is also true with his accessibility with Harvard. But Harvard wouldn’t do what MIT did.

    Your arguments are invalid on so many levels.

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