The Internet’s Own Boy: Remembering Aaron Swartz (#SXSW)

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 3:17 pm

At the beginning of 2013, the Internet lost one of its most radical, most pioneering minds when Aaron Swartz took his own life. In just 26 years, Swartz pioneered technologies like RSS syndication and the Creative Commons (both of which are in daily use here at Firedoglake), was a founder at Reddit, and led a successful fight against the destructive proposed Internet legislation SOPA. The Internet’s Own Boy, the new documentary from Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion), is the story of his life and death.

 

Senator Durbin Joins Call To Stop TPP Fast Track

By: Monday February 17, 2014 2:27 pm

Senator Dick Durbin has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposing fast track trade authority for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Durbin’s opposition could signal the beginning of the end for the agreements as now prominent Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House are opposing giving the Obama Administration fast track trade authority for the controversial agreements.

Noam Chomsky Faults MIT Over Aaron Swartz Case

By: Monday January 13, 2014 11:28 am

While we find out more and more about the government’s role in destroying Swartz we also learn more about the shameful conduct of MIT. Conduct recently criticized by one of MIT’s most well known and accomplished professors, Noam Chomsky.

Is TPP Even a Trade Deal?

By: Friday November 15, 2013 2:20 pm

Opposition does seem to be mounting to TPP, the question remains as to whether it is enough to stop the deal. This is when activism matters the most.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy Raising Doubts About Legitimacy

By: Monday November 4, 2013 11:58 am

The real agenda is less about trade and more about weakening sovereign power in favor of corporate power. Under TPP, national regulations will be overruled by corporate structures and governance. Nation-states will become junior partners with transnational corporations becoming the decision making authorities for global laws and rules.

CISPA Moving Through House

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 3:00 pm

Today the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has overcome another legislative hurdle heading towards passage in the House. The resolution pushing the bill forward passed 227-192 primarily along party lines with 8 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with the Republicans – Barber, Costa, Gutierrez, Schneider, Ruppersberger, McIntyre, Owens, and Matheson.

The Aaron Swartz Town Hall & the Future of Online Activism

By: Saturday March 9, 2013 4:00 pm

Aaron Swartz is dead, and yet he continues to change the world.

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Swartz

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 8:40 am

Today I want to tell you three American stories.

RIP Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)

By: Saturday January 12, 2013 6:00 pm

In a country full of stupid laws – written by corrupt politicians, refined by maniacal bureaucrats, and enforced by ruthless careerists – few are stupider than the current version of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. On the surface it seems sensible, first passed in 1986 as a basic legal protection against unauthorized access of federal or major corporate computer systems the law has since expanded (with particular help from the PATRIOT Act) into an amorphous blob of contradictions that is only temporally congealed into a semblance of rational jurisprudence to offer a pretext for selective prosecutions. In short, the law has become a favorite club of the state to beat political dissidents with and so it is that in enforcing this asinine law a luminary of the internet has been hounded into an early grave.

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