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Aaron Swartz

Obama: Like Nixon, But Worse

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

While Nixon broke the law to attack dissenting voices, Obama has distorted it to the same effect. And he's taken his powers much, much further -- misinterpreting outdated or poorly written laws to claim his administration's authority to spy on almost anyone who uses modern technology to communicate.

Gerry Smith

Aaron Swartz Honored With Proposed Reform To Controversial Law | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.20.2013 | Technology

Two members of Congress introduced new legislation Thursday in honor of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet activist who faced charges for download...

Meet The Man Who Wants To Print The Internet

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology

Think of all the paper jams. Artist and the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate Kenneth Goldsmith has rented out a 500-square-meter space ...

Jeremy Hammond, American Political Prisoner

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

The case of Jeremy Hammond is illustrative of a trend to target, overcharge and come down hard on those the state perceives as threatening. The supposed threats are due to their beliefs and/or actions toward information freedom and transparency.

Previously Sealed Documents To Be Released In Swartz Case

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics

BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday ordered the release of previously sealed documents in the criminal hacking case against deceased Internet ac...

Four Victories for the Public Good

David Morris | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
David Morris

I'm not saying it's time to break out the champagne and start chanting, "The people united will never be defeated." But the past few weeks have brought us some heartwarming demonstrations that the popular will still has a bite.

Ryan Grim

Top Republican On Bombing: 'There's A Lot Of Questions I Have' | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Tuesday that he has "a lot of questions" about the way that the Department of Justice has allocated its s...

Ryan Grim

Aaron Swartz' Memory Deals Blow To Hacker Legislation | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Internet activists won a major victory this week when House Republicans put the brakes on an effort to vote on reforms to federal anti-h...

Pedagogy of the Depressed

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

Can students really be taught critical thinking, civics, and citizenship skills in a standardized format that values conformity? Will relying on MOOCs and automation in the long-term turn professors into "delivery managers" and students into automatons and passive consumers rather than citizens?

Ryan J. Reilly

'Vindictive Individuals' Threaten Aaron Swartz Prosecutors, U.S. Complains | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.02.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Two federal prosecutors involved in the case against the late Aaron Swartz have faced "harassing and, at times, threatening communicatio...

A Second Chance for Empathy

Adam Resnick | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Adam Resnick

America remains a land of second chances. We increasingly see politicians, like former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who attempt comebacks in their public careers. We love comeback stories precisely because we can all relate to them. Indeed, the greatest sin of all, is the sin of hypocrisy.

Zach Carter

Aaron Swartz Prosecutor Sanctioned For Aggressive Tactic | Zach Carter | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, under fire over her office's aggressive prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, was admonished by a f...

Weev, the Hacker Who Didn't Hack AT&T

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Technology
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

In a Newark courtroom last Monday, Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, 27, was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment due to finding and publishing a security flaw on AT&T's website. But a good part of the tech-savvy world interprets Auernheimer's exploits as a non-crime.

Zach Carter

Another Senator Questions Justice's Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz | Zach Carter | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for more information about the Justice Department's prose...

Gerry Smith

MIT Officials Have Faced Harassment, Personal Threats Since Aaron Swartz's Death | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.19.2013 | Technology

Officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have faced harassment and personal threats since the death of well-known Internet activist Aaro...

Zach Carter

GOP Rep Pushes For Internet Freedom At CPAC | Zach Carter | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This year's Conservative Political Action Conference has been dominated by discussions of Obamacare and gun rights, but Rep. Jason Chaff...

Free Bassel, Free Culture

Catherine M. Casserly, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2013 | World
Catherine M. Casserly, Ph.D.

The room brimmed with ideas: ideas about using arts and technology to build a better Middle East, ideas about new possibilities and challenges for the region. But mixed with the excitement was angst. One man was missing from the celebration. In a way, an entire country was missing.

Ryan Grim

Aaron Swartz Lawyers Accuse Prosecutor Stephen Heymann Of Misconduct | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by withholding key evidence from the defense team of Aaron Swartz,...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Aaron Swartz Case 'A Good Use Of Prosecutorial Discretion' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department never intended for Internet activist Aaron Swartz to go to jail "for longer than a three, four, potentially five-...

Organized Labor Can Protect Workers by Supporting 'Aaron's Law'

David Segal | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
David Segal

Like many activists before him, Aaron fell prey to a criminal justice system that entrenches the standing of the already powerful, and which has been used so many times to break unionists and stymie their organizing efforts.

White House Grants Aaron Swartz's Wish, In Part

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology

Aaron Swartz, a well-known Internet activist who killed himself last month, believed that information should free, not digitized and put behind pay wa...

Ryan J. Reilly

Aaron Swartz Prosecutors Saw 'Guerilla' Manifesto As Proof Of Malicious Intent | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

A Justice Department representative told congressional staffers during a recent briefing on the computer fraud prosecution of Internet activist Aaron ...

The Best Minds of Our Generation, and Keeping Them Alive

Tanene Allison | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Tanene Allison

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness ... Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies! gone down the American river! ......

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ To Brief Congress On Aaron Swartz Prosecution | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Department officials will give a congressional briefing Friday afternoon on DOJ's handling of the case against Aaron Swartz, the...

White House Cybersecurity Order Accompanies State of the Union Address

Christina Gagnier | Posted 04.14.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While the future of cybersecurity is unclear, the national conversation has been jumpstarted and brought to the fore with the mention of the issue in the State of the Union address.