Do You Support Activists Pushing For An Open Web?
Internet activists such as Highland Park's Aaron Swartz and WikiLeaks' Julian Assange want information freely available on the web. Patch wants to know if you support their actions? Join the discussion in the comment section below.
As an Internet activist, Aaron Swartz fought to make information freely available on the web. The 26-year-old from Highland Park, who committed suicide on Jan. 11, founded Demand Progress, an organization devoted to Internet activism and fought expanded government oversight of the Internet. He also helped create the RSS feed and co-founded the social news website Reddit.
Similarly, Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks, which publishes classified or confidential documents in the name of openness, is still pushing for more of an open web.
Patch wants to know: Do you support activists, such as Swartz and Assange, pushing to make information freely available on the web?
Both Swartz and Assange have landed in trouble with the government for their actions.
In 2011, Swartz was indicted for gaining illegal access and downloading nearly the entire library of JSTOR, a subscription-based service that distributes academic journals. Prosecutors alleged that Swartz hoped to release the information for free. The charges, which were pending when he died, carried up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
The government still wants to question Assange over his whistle-blowing website, The Guardian reported. In 2010, WikiLeaks posted thousands of secret documents on the Iraqi war and classified Pentagon documents on the Afghan conflict, The New York Times reported. Among the leaked information was a video showing U.S. air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians, The Guardian reported.
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