Saturday, January 12, 2013

Aaron Swartz

Nothing I've seen about Aaron Swartz suggests he was suicidal, irrational, or depressed.  He was the epitome of smart rationality and passion about civil liberties.

I imagine him as someone who would have loved to have his day in court.  He might have been in some struggle about the terms of that day in court, but I can't imagine he would not have seen any possible variation as an opportunity for some kind of positive publicity, at least among a large sector of society.

The alleged crime is ludicrously unimportant.  JSTOR is not interested in civil charges, and have even started free public access.  35 years for accessing unclassified scientific publications?

I imagine there are those who might rather not have seen Aaron Swartz have his day in court.

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