The unspoken manifesto of the MIT hackers as recounted by Steven Levy in Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
and reprinted (seen here) in What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry
by John Markoff.
Access to computers—and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works—should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative!
All information should be free.
Mistrust Authority—Promote Decentralization
Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position.
You can create art and beauty on a computer.
Computers can change your life for the better.
Brian Lamb & Jeff Miller, OpenEd11
Presented by Brian, broadcasted over #ds106radio this afternoon, October 25, 2011.
Important note I didn't fully capture:
WalMart is largest provider of "organic" food but are they sustainable? What is the footprint from transporting food all over North America?
Compare that to Zack Dowell who uses the forest floor organic instead of carting it away and then fertilizes.
This is analgous to the UBC media wiki, radical reuse of content.
All told with a very biting abject tone. Irony is not lost on me. Gotta love @brlamb!
Aaron Swartz back left, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, front right.
A dinner with a variety of Internet openness activists in a Persian restaurant in Stockholm, Jan 7, 2007. Many had attended the Chaos Communications Conference, 23C3, in Berlin just before. I have tears in my eyes when uploading this picture upon knowing that Aaron Swartz, 26, just hanged himself in Brooklyn:www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/01/aaron-swartz/
Aaron is now dead, Gottfrid is in detention in a Swedish jail, the guy in front of/to the left of Aaron has recieved his PhD in computer science since the picture was taken.
About a year ago (Feb 2012) I wrote in my IDG/Computer Sweden column about Aaron Swartz's heroic action to liberate academic knowledge and the legal case where U.S. prosecutors were determined to destroy him:www.idg.se/2.1085/1.432155/
(Yes the pic was taken with a 256 kpixel mobile phone camera.)
"Aaron Swartz, who co-founded Reddit and became an Internet folk hero for fighting to make online content free to the public, committed suicide Friday. He was 26.
Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, said a statement released by his family and his girlfriend.
"Aaron's commitment to social justice was profound, and defined his life," the statement said. "He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place."
On his blog, Swartz had written of his history of depression.
He was a Harvard University fellow studying ethics when he was charged in 2011 with stealing nearly 5 million articles from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He faced 13 felony charges, including wire fraud, computer fraud and unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer. Prosecutors said he intended to distribute the articles on file-sharing websites.
Swartz pleaded not guilty, and his trial in federal court was scheduled to begin next month. If convicted, he could have faced decades in prison and steep fines.
On Saturday, his family and girlfriend called his death "the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach" and blamed decisions by the Massachusetts U.S. attorney's office and MIT for contributing to his death."
[excerpt from www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-0113-aaron-swartz-2...
] © J.B.Pribanic