The Boy Who Could Change the World  : The Writings of Aaron Swartz

The Boy Who Could Change The World : The Writings Of Aaron Swartz

by Aaron Swartz
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256 Pages
The New Press , 05.01.2016
The New Press
In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. His tragic suicide in 2013 at the age of twenty-six after being aggressively prosecuted for copyright infringement shocked the nation and the world. Here for the first time in print is revealed the quintessential Aaron Swartz: besides being a technical genius and a passionate activist, he was also an insightful, compelling, and cutting essayist. With a technical understanding of the Internet and of intellectual property law surpassing that of many seasoned professionals, he wrote thoughtfully and humorously about intellectual property, copyright, and the architecture of the Internet. He wrote as well about unexpected topics such as pop culture, politics both electoral and idealistic, dieting, and lifehacking. Including three in-depth and previously unpublished essays about education, governance, and cities,The Boy Who Could Change the World contains the life’s work of one of the most original minds of our time.

Aaron Swartz (1986-2013) was an American computer programmer, a writer, a political organizer, and an Internet Hacktivist. He was involved in the development of RSS, Creative Commons,, and Reddit. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 and founded the online group Demand Progress. He is survived by his parents and two brothers, who live in Chicago. Lawrence Lessig is the director of the Edmon J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a professor of law at Harvard Law School. He was a founding board member of Creative Commons. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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