一個天才會捍衛他眼中的正義至何時？對RSS創造者之一的亞倫．斯沃茨（Aaron Swartz）來說，答案是：至死不渝。2013年1月11日，我們失去了一個天才，卻同時誕生了一位值得詠懷的數位世代勇士。透過閱讀好友鮑勃．史坦（Bob Stein）和各界的紀念文，以及亞倫．斯沃茨自己的文字記錄，我們期許看見自己心中那對資訊自由的正義。
“I've spent much of the past 24 hours reading remembrances of Aaron Swartz as well as a wide selection of his writings.
We've lost an important voice. Not only was he uniquely able to wrap his head around the vast complexity of the emerging digital landscape, Aaron Swartz was generous and brave. He threatened the keepers of the status quo and paid the ultimate price.
Depending on how history turns out, Aaron Swartz may be the first hero of our future age.”
Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist.
Swartz was a member of the RSS-DEV Working Group that co-authored the "RSS 1.0" specification of RSS, built the website framework web.py and created the architecture for the Open Library. In the early days of Reddit, Swartz's Infogami and Reddit merged; the merger agreement made Swartz an equal partner in the merged company. Swartz also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he joined the Harvard University Center for Ethics. He founded the online group Demand Progress (known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act) and later worked with U.S. and international activist groups Rootstrikers, The Rules and Avaaz.
More about Aaron Swartz:
(New York-London) Bob is founder and Co-Director of the Institute and founder of The Voyager Company. For 13 years he led the development of over 300 titles in 'The Criterion Collection', a series of definitive films on videodisc, and more than 75 CD ROM titles including the CD Companion to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 'Who Built America', and the Voyager edition of 'Macbeth'. Previous to Voyager, Stein worked with Alan Kay in the Research Group at Atari on a variety of electronic publishing projects. 11 years ago, Stein started 'Night Kitchen' to develop authoring tools for the next generation of electronic publishing. That work is now being continued at the Institute for the Future of the Book.
More about Bob Stein on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Stein_(computer_pioneer)
＃延伸閱讀 (further readings, Chinese articles)：
「美國司法部如何追殺資訊自由化推手 Aaron Swartz」http://pansci.tw/archives/34839
It’s like a hit-and-run driver who, instead of admitting responsibility for the accident, frames the person who tried to prevent the accident,” complains Tim Lambert, whose weblog, Deltoid, tracks the DDT myth and other scientific misinformation in the media.
The government has no duty to make laws about them.
•By their very nature, ideas cannot be property.
“information wants to be free!”
Like air, ideas are incapable of being locked up and hoarded.