Riffing on Books and Life – Arts & Sciences Literary Blog by interactive new media author & artist Terry Bailey

12Jan/13

The world loses a young prodigy who fought for equal access to knowledge

Aaron Swartz - a prodigy who devoted much of his life to freeing up scholarly research and information for the masses, has taken his own life - a victim of depression. My heart and admiration go out to him today. I have often spoken about the need to keep scholarly information free to anyone who needs it for research - in order to have a democracy that is actually democratic, that gives every human being an equal opportunity to do whatever she or he wants to do by having access to the same knowledge base.

Cory Doctorow, science fiction author and online activist: “The world was a better place with him in it . . . . The fact that the U.S. legal apparatus decided he belonged behind bars for downloading scholarly articles without permission is as neat an indictment of our age — and validation of his struggle — as you could ask for.”

see article I recommend for above quotation and full details about this remarkable young man's life and accomplishments - and the trouble he ran into fighting his ethical war against those who would own information - can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/technology/aaron-swartz-internet-activist-dies-at-26.html?_r=0

(this photo is derivative of and uncredited photo on Mashable.com)

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