Aaron Swartz (1986-2013) was a computer programmer, writer and Internet Hacktivist. He helped to develop RSS, Creative Commons, web.py, Reddit, DeadDrop and Progressive Change Campaign Committee; founded Watchdog.net and Demand Progress; was a Wikipedia editor and a Harvard Univ. research fellow. He also acquired the Library of Congress' complete bibliographic dataset, posting it for free on OpenLibrary; and downloaded/released millions of federal court documents and JSTOR academic records.
"Power to the Peaceful" - In my work I have had the distinct pleasure to have visited nearly all the Tribal Lands in this great nation. I have on many occasion had long conversations with tribal council leaders, as well as humble community members. It strikes me how that these great First American Families are single-minded in one common cause: they have a yearning for peace. It is a part of their traditional ways and modern ideology. In peace they are pragmatically realistic teachers…
Aaron Swartz: hacker, genius… martyr? "He was a basic technocratic liberal who thought that if you worked really hard, and approached a problem with openness and curiosity, then it was possible you could make life better for people."
Watch this short documentary on Edward Snowden to begin to understand the fundamental problems to which Schwartz is referring: http://highexistence.com/videos/view/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-i-dont-want-to-live-in-a-society-that-does-these-sort-of-things/