Posts Tagged: Aaron Swartz

A Success for Public Access to Information!

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Remember when Aaron Swartz challenged the US Government by illegally downloading over 4 million articles from JSTOR, in hopes of breaking down the barriers that prevent public access to information?

He was facing some major charges including a million dollar fine and major prison time, but JSTOR just announced the optimistic news that “all its out-of-copyright journal articles have been made freely available worldwide.” Though JSTOR doesn’t credit Swartz directly or fully for this change, they did mention in the FAQs that “recent events did have an impact on our planning.” Awesome!

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Open Knowledge vs. US Government

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Aaron Swartz, former Demand Progress Executive Director, political activist and Cambridge Web Entrepreneur, was arrested for illegally downloading over 4 million articles from the nonprofit subscription-based internet archive, JSTOR. Swartz’s activism is directed towards the “free flow of information,” and “commitment to open knowledge.”

The charges against him include “wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer.

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