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Aaron Swartz

Our Main Weapon Against Hackers Is A 30-Year-Old Law

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology

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Ballot Selfies, Perverts and Censorship: Presenting the 2015 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

At the heart of the Muzzles is a simple but powerful idea: "Congress" -- and all levels of government, thanks to the 14th Amendment -- "shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."

Travis Waldron

The Controversial Law At The Heart Of The Cardinals' Hacking Case | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.16.2015 | Sports

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating whether St. Louis Cardinals employees illegally hacked into networks owned and operated by the Housto...

The Price That You Pay for Rocking the Boat

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

I never met Edward Snowden, but I did know quite a bit about Aaron Swartz. In fact, he worked for me, for a period of time, a few years ago. And he was brilliant, as you'll see for yourself. I'm sure that whatever this film may say about him, it can barely do justice to what a special human being he was.

Whistleblowers Have a Human Right to a Public Interest Defense, And Hacktivists Do, Too

Carey Shenkman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

The free flow of information is necessary for a democratic society, and this flow cannot be purely in the hands of government. This is why the rights to expression and a free and open press are among the most widely recognized rights on earth.

Dana Liebelson

Democrats, Tech Experts Slam Obama's War On Hackers | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In advance of Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed overhauling a federal law used to prosecute hackers....

Mad About the Boy

George Heymont | Posted 12.19.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. built the Ziegfeld Follies on the concept of glorifying the American girl, songs written about masculine appeal have a distinctly different air to them.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

#AOLBUILD Features Documentary Filmmaker, Brian Knappenberger

AOL BUILD | Posted 09.13.2014 | Technology

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD Self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet," Reddit is the tech world's "new black." From social media and entertainment ...

Week in Film: Begin Again, Whitey and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Begin Again comes from writer-director John Carney, who burst forth with Once a few years ago. This film, which stars Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo (among others), captures the same blend of wistful emotions and life-affirming musical energy as that 2006 hit.

The Legal System Was 'A Major Factor' In Reddit Co-Founder's Suicide

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.16.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz was 26 years old and facing possible imprisonment for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when he took his own l...

Internet Crimes

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 06.01.2014 | Technology
Jasmina Tesanovic

I don't believe Aaron Swartz ever wanted to become a martyr. He just wanted to live within a world that he believed he could fix, a world that was technically malleable and hackable, where he could be active and ingenious, even if that reform effort might involve a few false steps.

Panopticonism: Join the Fight Against Mass Surveillance

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.13.2014 | Technology
Courtney C. Radsch

Today is the day we fight back against mass surveillance by the NSA, other governments around the world, and the complicity of private companies in doing so.

Feb. 11 Is 'The Day We Fight Back' Against NSA Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology

More than 5,300 web-based companies and other organizations, including Reddit, Imgur, Tumblr, Mozilla the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Ameri...

Change Is Possible -- Remembering Internet Activist Aaron Swartz

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.15.2014 | Technology
Ruairí McKiernan

It is one year since the death of 26-year-old Aaron Swartz, the renowned computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist. People all around the world are remembering Swartz

WATCH: Aaron Swartz Found NSA Scope 'Scary'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

One year after Internet activist Aaron Swartz's death, a group of activists and online platforms are uniting for a day of activism against the Nationa...

Aaron's Walk: The New Hampshire Rebellion

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

On Saturday, we begin a walk across the state of New Hampshire, to launch a campaign to bring about an end to the system of corruption that we believe infects DC. This is the New Hampshire Rebellion.

Gerry Smith

The Year Hacktivists And The Government Went To War | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

Does the law have mercy for computer hackers with a cause? That was a recurring question in 2013 as several so-called hacktivists, facing years in ...

Here's The Video That Got Aaron Swartz Arrested

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

In 2011, a video was recorded of then 24-year-old programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz breaking into a computer closet at the Massachusetts I...

The Hunger Games Are Real: We Are the Districts

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Only by winning elections at the local level, the state level, and the congressional level can we redistribute the wealth that the ruling class have unjustly stolen from those who worked to create it.

Hacking Partisanship

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

However important the SOPA victory was in 2012, its lasting significance depends on how well the diverse coalition holds together in these and other fights -- and against business as usual in Washington.

The Failure of the Rule of Law: Joshua "Skelly" Stafford Sentenced 10 years for Terrorism

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

One could argue that a 10-year sentence for the horrific act of attempting to blow up a bridge is too light a sentence. But in the case that has come to be known as the Cleveland 4, one would be dead wrong.

A Lawyer's Holiday: Part 1

Elliot Peters | Posted 08.21.2013 | Crime
Elliot Peters

What is it like, I am asked, to represent someone if you know they are guilty? It sounds flip, and plays easily into the notion that I am a sociopath to answer, truthfully, that representing a guilty person is easy, relatively stress free. It is representing the condemned but innocent which brings with it a private hell.

A Lawyer's Holiday: Part 2

Elliot Peters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Crime
Elliot Peters

It was stunning. Here was the story. Told so casually, but so consistent (except for who pulled the trigger) with everything we knew, including what Steven had testified to in court. Ronald was innocent and we could prove it.

Secret Service Comes Clean On Aaron Swartz

AP | Posted 10.13.2013 | Technology

BOSTON (AP) — Documents show that the U.S. Secret Service played a role in the federal investigation of free-information activist Aaron Swartz and w...