In October I noted the pending case against Aaron Swartz, an MIT fellow and proponent for the open access movement who was caught illegally downloading millions of academic journal articles from JSTOR. This past weekend Aaron’s suicide hit the national news and blog-sphere and between the mentions of his technical achievements (helping create RSS at age 14, and a founder of Reddit), the discussion of free access to information continue. Obviously this complex and brilliant young man was a bright light to many who ponder where our electronic world is heading, and he was not shy about taking a stand for what he believed in. In honor of his achievements, take time this week to read more about Aaron and the Open Access movement.
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