The Internet's Own Boy: Why Aaron Swartz's Story Matters More Than Ever

Aaron Swartz's story is a complicated one, with many moving parts—it's no easy task to do them all justice with a single film. But The Internet's Own Boy, a new documentary that chronicles the late 26-year-old's internet activism, fight against the feds, and ultimate death, manages to sew them up into one seriously… » 6/26/14 5:20pm 6/26/14 5:20pm

Two Early Visionaries Among 2013 Internet Hall of Fame Inductees

Yesterday, the Internet Society announced this year's inductees to the Internet Hall of Fame. You'll notice popular names like Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia; Richard Stallman, the activist who launched the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation; and Aaron Swartz, the programmer and activist who… » 6/27/13 11:05am 6/27/13 11:05am

Anonymous Leaked Account Data for 4,000 Bank Executives on a Government Website

After hacking up government websites last week, and the week before, Anonymous has pulled off another hack to push their agenda of reforming computer crime law in the wake of Aaron Swartz's suicide. This time, they've leaked names, addresses, and other information about over 4,000 bank executives. And they did it all… » 2/04/13 9:33am 2/04/13 9:33am

A New Anonymous Hack Lets You Shoot Up Government Sites with a Nyan Cat Spaceship

In the wake of Aaron Swartz's suicide, your friendly neighborhood cyber-vigilantes Anonymous have been lashing out. It's mostly been DDOSes and cyber-vandalism, but their most recent project is a bit more fun, and lets you play Asteroids with a Nyan Cat spaceship that blasts up sites. » 1/28/13 10:07am 1/28/13 10:07am

MIT Is Launching an Internal Investigation To Determine Its Possible Role In Aaron Swartz's Suicide

It's no secret that a factor in Aaron Swartz's recent suicide was likely the charges being pressed against him by in part by MIT over the whole JSTOR incident. While JSTOR backed off, MIT tacitly backed the U.S. attorneys who continued to push, hard. Now, after being criticized in a statement by Swartz's friends and… » 1/13/13 6:00pm 1/13/13 6:00pm

Former Reddit Co-Owner and Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide (Updated)

Former Reddit co-owner and founder of DemandProgress, Aaron Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26 in New York City yesterday, according to reports by The Tech. Swartz had been battling criminal charges related to his attempts to make JSTOR archives public and had been facing up to 50 years in prison and $4… » 1/12/13 11:26am 1/12/13 11:26am