We miss you Aaron Swartz – The Internet’s Own Boy

Aaron Swartz – the computer prodigy, co-founder of RSS Feeds, Reddit, Creative Commons.

Aaron Swartz was an inspiration to millions and his work focused on civic awareness and activism. Aaron always believed that information needs to be shared and should be available free of cost to anybody and everybody.

World suffered a huge loss after Aaron’s sad demise. Many says he was a victim of a conspiracy by big multi-billion corporations and  US law enforcement agencies. The official version goes where Aaron Swartz committed suicide.

On 13th Jan 2013, world lost one of the greatest human beings and a digital warrior. WHEREVER YOU ARE, YOU STAY IN OUR HEARTS, AARON!

Here are some of his ideologies that moved people around the globe big time, inspired people to work harder and gain, share as much information as they can in his own words.

  1. Always be questioning – I mean, I, you know, feel very strongly that it’s not enough to just live in the world as it is, to just kind of take what you’re given and, you know, follow the things that adults told you to do and that your parents told you to do and that society tells you to do. I think you should always be questioning. You know, I take this very scientific attitude that everything you’ve learned is just provisional, that, you know, it’s always open to recantation or refutation or questioning. And I think the same applies to society. Once I realized that there were real, serious problems, fundamental problems that I could do something to address, I didn’t see a way to forget that. I didn’t see a way not to.
  2. Think deeply about things. Don’t just go along because that’s the way things are or that’s what your friends say. Consider the effects, consider the alternatives, but most importantly, just think.
  3. Assume nobody else has any idea what they’re doing, either.
  4. Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.
  5. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.
  6. Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it – their shareholders would revolt at anything less.
  7. Now, the typical way you make good things happen in Washington is you find a bunch of wealthy companies who agree with you.
  8. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file-sharing networks.
  9. Without the ability to talk about government power, there’s no way for citizens to make sure this power isn’t being misused.
  10. Being around some of the bright lights of the technology world and having them expect great things helps you sit down and do it seriously.
  11. Real education is about genuine understanding and the ability to figure things out on your own; not about making sure every 7th grader has memorized all the facts some bureaucrats have put in the 7th grade curriculum.
  12. What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book – a key part of our planet’s cultural legacy.
  13. I was around computers from birth; we had one of the first Macs, which came out shortly before I was born, and my dad ran a company that wrote computer operating systems. I don’t think I have any particular technical skills; I just got a really large head start.
  14. I have developed my most meaningful relationships online. None of them live within driving distance. None of them are about my own age.
  15. At the end of the day, we have an economy that works for the rich by cheating the poor, and unequal schools are the result of that, not the cause.
  16. Through the Internet, I’ve developed a strong social network – something I could never do if I had to keep my choice of peers within school grounds.
  17. Most people, it seems, stretch the truth to make themselves seem more impressive. I, it seems, stretch the truth to make myself look worse.
  18. There’s all sorts of stuff people want to publish anonymously.
  19. Big stories need human stakes.
  20. I’m not such a nuisance to the world, and the kick I get out of living can, I suppose, justify the impositions I make on it. But when life isn’t so fun, well, then I start to wonder. What’s the point of going on if it’s just trouble for us both? My friends will miss me, I am told.

 

You can watch The Story of Aaron Swartz – The Internet’s Own Boy documentary here:

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