WBEZ | SOPA http://www.wbez.org/tags/sopa Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Swartz's father blames 'government' at son's funeral http://www.wbez.org/news/swartzs-father-blames-government-sons-funeral-104938 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Aaron Swartz_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. &mdash; Internet activist <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-born-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-dies-26-104883" target="_blank">Aaron Swartz</a>&#39;s father told his son&#39;s suburban Chicago funeral that the Reddit co-founder was &quot;killed by the government.&quot;</p><p>The 26-year-old was found dead of an apparent suicide in his New York apartment Friday. His funeral was Tuesday morning at a Highland Park synagogue. Swartz was facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence after being indicted in Boston in 2011 for allegedly gaining access to academic articles from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The charges carried a maximum penalty of decades in prison.</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times <a href="http://bit.ly/V2s8zv" target="_blank">reports</a> that his father, Robert Swartz, echoed the family&#39;s previous statements during the service, saying his son was &quot;hounded&quot; by the government.</p><p>Spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling in Boston says U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has no comment about Robert Swartz&#39;s remarks.</p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/swartzs-father-blames-government-sons-funeral-104938 Photos: Websites go dark to protest SOPA legislation http://www.wbez.org/no-sidebar/photos-websites-go-dark-protest-sopa-legislation-95608 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-17/Screen shot 2012-01-17 at 11.08.24 PM.png" alt="" /><p><p>January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content.</p><p>Reddit.com shut down its social news service for 12 hours. Other sites made their views clear without cutting off surfers. Google blacked out the logo on its home page, directing surfers to a page where they could add their names to a petition against the bills.</p><p>Local listings site Craiglist took a middle route, changing its local home pages to a black screen directing users to an anti-legislation page. After 10 seconds, a link to the main site appears on the home page, but some surfers missed that and were fooled into thinking the whole site was blacked out.</p><p>The Internet companies are concerned that the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act under consideration in the Senate, if passed, could be used to target legitimate sites where users share content.</p><p>The 24-hour Wikipedia blackout is an unprecedented move for the online encyclopedia. The decision was reached after polling the community of contributors, but dissenters say political advocacy undermines the site's mission as a neutral source.</p><p>However, it's not complete: the block can be bypassed by changing browser settings to disable JavaScript, or by using the version of the site designed for cellphone screens.</p><p>There's also a "mirror" or copy, of Wikipedia called The Free Dictionary, but it's not up to date. %href_on(http://en.m.wikipedia.org/</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page">Wikipedia</a></h2><p><img alt="" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6718555639_2d7d5530ec_b.jpg" style="width: 950px; height: 481px;"></p><h2><a href="http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/stopped-they-must-be-on-this-all.html">reddit</a></h2><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="553" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-18/reddit.jpg" title="" width="950"></p><h2><a href="https://www.google.com/">Google</a></h2><p><img alt="" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7033/6718555693_62ab9f4e92_b.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; width: 950px; height: 444px;"></p><h2><a href="http://www.craigslist.com">Craigslist</a></h2><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="505" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-18/craigslist.jpg" title="" width="950"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><a href="http://www.boingboing.net/">Boing Boing</a></h2><p><img alt="" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/6718556203_ec1983b2d9_b.jpg" style="width: 950px; height: 482px;"></p><h2><a href="http://wordpress.org/news/2012/01/internet-blackout/">WordPress</a></h2><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="553" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-18/wordpress.jpg" title="" width="950"></p><h2><a href="http://www.mozilla.com">Mozilla</a></h2><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="468" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-18/mozilla.jpg" title="" width="950"></p><h2><a href="http://www.wired.com">Wired.com</a></h2><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="658" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-18/wired.jpg" title="" width="950"></p><h2><a href="http://www.moveon.org">MoveOn.org</a></h2><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="658" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-18/moveon.jpg" title="" width="950"></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/no-sidebar/photos-websites-go-dark-protest-sopa-legislation-95608