To commemorate the Internet blackout protesting SOPA and PIPA legislation, as well as the death of Aaron Swartz, more than 5,000 websites will participate in The Day We Fight Back on Tuesday, February 11.
Media properties Mozilla, Reddit, BoingBoing have joined Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and ThoughtWorks to participate in protest against NSA spying.
The event will take place on February 11th and is being called, The Day We Fight Back. Here is more about how Internet users can participate from the event’s site:
- Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org
- Sign up to indicate that you’ll participate and receive updates.
- Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance. (These are being finalized in coming days.)
- Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
- Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate — and encourage others to do the same.
The protest is being held in honor of technology activist Aaron Swartz.
OR Books has a new eBook available called Hacking Politics: How Geeks, Progressives, the Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed Up to Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet and appropriately, the publisher is selling the eBook through a name-your-price model.
The book explores the history of the fight against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. It includes essays by: Aaron Swartz, Larry Lessig, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Masnick, Kim Dotcom, Nicole Powers, Tiffiny Cheng, Alexis Ohanian, and Cory Doctorow.
The publisher suggests that customers pay $10 for the download, but there is a drop down option to pay other amounts including: nothing, $2, $5, $25, $50 or $100.
When OR Books put out Julian Assange’s book Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet back in December, they skipped Amazon and released it through eKiosk, a site that creators sell eBooks and music outside of major online marketplaces, through a network of smaller online shops.
The late Aaron Swartz has been honored with the American Library Association’s James Madison Award, “for his dedication to promoting and protecting public access to research and government information.”
California representative Zoe Lofgren announced the award during the 15th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. today. The award honors those individuals who have “championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know national information.”
Robert Swartz, Aaron’s father, thanked the ALA for the award on his son’s behalf and explained that, Aaron loved libraries. “I remember how excited he was to get library privileges at Harvard and be able to use the Widener library there,” he stated. “I know he would have been humbled and honored to receive this award.”
9 Ways to Watch Obama’s Inauguration Online (Mashable)
Barack Obama’s second inauguration ceremony is happening today at 11:30 ET, followed immediately by the inaugural parade, the commander-in-chief’s ball and the inaugural ball. Looking for a place to watch online? Mashable has rounded up nine options for you.
The untimely death of internet activist and former reddit employee Aaron Swartz evoked the sympathy and outrage of many who felt that the 26-year-old programmer was treated unfairly by the law. On Saturday, January 19, 2013, there will be a public memorial service for Swartz from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST) at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in Manhattan.
Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic Representative from Silicon Valley, will introduce a bill to amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, dubbing it Aaron’s Law after Aaron Swartz, who took his life while facing charges under the act.
Amid Fallout Over Internet Activist’s Death, Poll Shows Most Americans Favor Mild Punishment for Illegal Downloads
The suicide of 26-year-old Reddit co-founder and open Internet activist Aaron Swartz late last week has reignited the debate over what should be publicly available online and how illegal distribution can be fairly prosecuted just as a new poll shows that just over 10 percent of Americans believe jail time is a reasonable punishment for those who download copyrighted material online.
Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz killed himself last week, just a few weeks before facing trial after he cracked MIT computers and posted millions of scholarly documents from Jstor for free–he could have faced up to 30 years in prison in the controversial court case.
UC Davis professor Jonathan Eisen posted more details: ”I should say, sharing your PDFs is not necessarily clearly not enough (the license on the PDF may affect what people can do with them if they feel constrained to follow the law). It is also critical to think about the level of openness of a paper, but I will save most of the comments on that for another time. What I wanted to do here is point out various ways to share PDFs for people who don’t know how … UPDATE 1/14: See follow up post 10 things you can do to REALLY support #OpenAccess #PDFTribute” (image via)
Former Redditor Aaron Swartz Dies at Age 26 (SocialTimes)
Aaron Swartz, an early employee of the link-sharing site reddit, is dead at the age of 26, the Associated Press has confirmed. The 26-year-old programmer and Internet activist reportedly hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment weeks before he was to appear in court for illegally downloading millions of scholarly articles.