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I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

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I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:42 am

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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby rabble » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:26 pm

So am I. I hope he struck a blow that will have lasting repurcussions.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby DCB » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:02 pm

rabble wrote:So am I. I hope he struck a blow that will have lasting repurcussions.

Unfortunately, I don't think his death will shake up anyone in the government. They had already decided his "crimes" were worse than manslaughter or child porn.
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Postby rabble » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:09 pm

Or maybe it might. MIT is investigating their own part in it. Alternet's got a list of crimes that don't carry as much prison time as he was facing. Some on that list are a bit of a stretch but yes, you get fewer years for slave trading than file stealing, as long as you don't rape your slaves first.

Alternet also points out the freedom that prosecutors have to tack a list of charges together and inflate the prison sentence which makes a plea bargain very attractive.

So far it's just discussion and soul searching. Might disappear in a month. Might not.
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Postby Stebben84 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:24 pm

Government formally drops charges against Aaron Swartz


http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013 ... on-swartz/

Looks like some people may want this to go away.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby rabble » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:10 pm

This gets more and more interesting. I admit I didn't delve into details. I thought he had done some high level hacking into a secure network and downloaded double secret super important technology. I am surprised to learn that TechDirt says
he used an open network connection at MIT, which explicitly allowed free guest access, to download academic research papers that were available for free for any user on that particular network.

And for this he gets charges piled on to total fifty years and is offered a seven year plea bargain.

I do not think this is going to go away quietly.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:40 pm

he used an open network connection at MIT, which explicitly allowed free guest access, to download academic research papers that were available for free for any user on that particular network.

The business of research journals has, sadly, become a big expensive thing to access. The problem is that we, collectively, have funded much of the work in these reports and arguably should to have access to publicly funded efforts. It seems that Mr. Swartz got into peril pointing this out while many egregious pirates of the commons still walk unperturbed amongst us.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby rabble » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:54 am

Blowback is still going on. I think the government and the hotshots who have been specializing in heavyhanded prosecution for this stuff might be rethinking their tactics. This seems to be in direct opposition to the Bush administration, which paid absolutely no attention to public outcry.

Alternet has what appears to be a decent history of the thing.

And Heymann knew about Swartz's mental health problems. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Andy Good, Swartz's first lawyer, said: "I told Heymann the kid was a suicide risk, ... they were aware of the risk, and they were heedless.” In what Good says is typical of prosecutors when dealing with a target who is a potential suicide, he recounted Heymann's response as: "Fine, we’ll lock him up."
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:37 am

You know, when you get past the hypocrisy of this...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/1 ... f=politics

You kind of find an instructive lesson in how the politically astute operate. Right side wrong reasons, I find this fascinating.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:24 pm

Mad Howler wrote:
he used an open network connection at MIT, which explicitly allowed free guest access, to download academic research papers that were available for free for any user on that particular network.

The business of research journals has, sadly, become a big expensive thing to access. The problem is that we, collectively, have funded much of the work in these reports and arguably should to have access to publicly funded efforts. It seems that Mr. Swartz got into peril pointing this out while many egregious pirates of the commons still walk unperturbed amongst us.
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It seems that the point I was making in the sentence, emphasized, above is beginning to be addressed.
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=33e ... f9d5d2a25f
We as a plurality must demand these bastards that play ALL sides of our political divide as 'investments' be held accountable.
I bump back to this thread to point at senseless loss when our justice system is not directed at the bad guys who took us here. The thing is, these bad guys seem to have a hand in directing our justice system.
Perhaps, this will become less so someday.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:27 pm

This is a pretty nice explainer of this situation,
That we should not let stray too for from our collective conscience.
http://tracesofreality.com/2014/01/21/d ... eutrality/

If'ing you want to be humbled today,
Try protesting your just case against overwhelming money and power.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:05 pm

I missed recognizing the year mark of Aaron's passing. These are a few things to read/look at that reach further into questions/opportunities he asked and maybe would have got at - tragically he is not here to explore.
Fortunately for us,
We are.
Will we look harder into our collective 'operating system'?

http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessi ... d.com-none

http://futureoftheinternet.org/

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22834 ... -adventure

Lastly, lookout for neoliberalconism .
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Thu May 01, 2014 9:39 pm

This is a very interesting experiment I have chosen to 'kick' into...

https://mayone.us/

Perhaps some here may contribute as well.
This work gives me hope.
I appreciate this.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Tue May 13, 2014 1:24 am

I have stirred this thread out of respect for a riled up plebeian that has left us - and left us with ideas bigger than ourselves.
www.mayone.us | is one outcome
& is almost over the hump in half time.

This should be celebrated.
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Re: I am very sad that Aaron Swartz 'chose' to leave us

Postby Mad Howler » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:39 am

Life is as long as it needs to be for us to try & have an impact.
The impact need not be earth shattering - as long as we are trying.
I see there are many in this locale who have kicked into http://www.mayday.us.
I have no way of knowing if any of this is owing to any effort of mine.
What interests me is how broadly, and I guess evenly by population density, this has been supported:
https://mayday.us/your-donations/

Kick in if you have not -> https://mayday.us/newpledge/
If you have - get someone else onboard.
Ya kind of gotta trust some movement.
Why not find some round this?
One can always pull back from a huge gang of people who are trying to figure out how to hack at the roots of evil in our moment.
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