WBEZ | Aaron Swartz http://www.wbez.org/tags/aaron-swartz Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Honors due for Internet activist Aaron Swartz http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/honors-due-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-106089 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="www.theverge.com/2013/3/13/4099792/aaron-swartz-to-receive-posthumous-freedom-of-information-award-for" target="_blank"><img alt="Aaron Swartz" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Swartz.jpg" style="height: 240px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Aaron Swartz (Flickr/Sage Ross)" /></a><strong>GONE, NOT FORGOTTEN.</strong> Chicago native and Internet activist <strong>Aaron Swartz</strong>, who committed suicide early this year as he faced prosecution for the theft from MIT of millions of online documents, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/13/4099792/aaron-swartz-to-receive-posthumous-freedom-of-information-award-for" target="_blank">will be honored Friday with the&nbsp;James Madison Freedom of Information Award</a>.<br />* From January: WBEZ&#39;s Robin Amer wrote after Swartz&#39; funeral, &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/after-aaron-104940" target="_blank">I am drained from crying</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>REMEMBER ALL THOSE PROTESTS EARLIER THIS WEEK ABOUT HIGHER FEES IN THE CTA&#39;s NEW FARE SYSTEM?</strong> The CTA board has approved the plan anyway&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cta-new-fare-system-0314-20130314,0,3927444.story" target="_blank">even though some board members themselves seemed not to understand it</a>. So your existing Chicago Card is headed toward the scrap heap. But you might be able to <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattler/2013/03/cta-board-oks-ventra-fare-system-fees/" target="_blank">get one of the new Ventra cards free</a>.<br />* CTA prices headed up for <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18830536-761/cta-oks-price-hikes-for-passes-for-college-students-fees-geared-toward-tourists.html" target="_blank">college students, tourists</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattler/2013/03/google-changes-maps-to-add-colors-of-cta-transit-lines/" target="_blank">CTA train line colors</a>&nbsp;added to Google&#39;s Chicago maps.<br />* <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/18833407-418/mayor-rahm-emanuel-restructures-parking-tax-to-flat-rate.html" target="_blank">Mayor Emanuel proposes overhauling parking taxes</a> to lower rates on cheaper spots, raise them on premium spaces.</span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">New WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz tomorrow.<br />Catch up on last week&#39;s and other previous quizzes&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>CLINTON-OBAMA TICKET? </strong>Speculation for the 2016 presidential race: <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/03/will-michelle-obama-lean-in/63056/" target="_blank">Hillary + Michelle</a>.<br />* <em>Mother Jones:</em> &quot;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/03/it-turns-out-obama-doesnt-hate-whitey-after-all" target="_blank">Turns Out That [President] Obama Doesn&#39;t Hate Whitey After All</a>.&quot;<br />* Bipartisan budget bill would <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/congressional-aides-catchall-spending-bill-would-make-some-gun-protections-permanent/2013/03/13/73bd5eba-8c2c-11e2-adca-74ab31da3399_story.html" target="_blank">make permanent four longstanding gun protections</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>ON TWITTER, NEW POPE&#39;S NO OBAMA.</strong> No matter how many tweets you read yesterday about the new pope, they weren&#39;t enough to break <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/03/13/pope-francis-twitter/" target="_blank">the record 20 million sent the night President Obama won reelection</a>.<br />* Twitter&#39;s next frontier? <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57573859-94/twitter-acquires-we-are-hunted-readies-standalone-music-app/" target="_blank">Music</a>&nbsp;-- with <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130313/twitters-music-app-will-let-you-watch-too-with-help-from-vevo/" target="_blank">an emphasis on sampling</a>.<br />* Google Reader, we hardly knew ye.&nbsp;<a href="http://venturebeat.com/2013/03/13/rip-google-reader-heres-what-to-use-instead/" target="_blank">And that was the problem</a>. Or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/google-is-closing-google-reader-2013-3" target="_blank">did Twitter kill it</a>?<br />* <em>Gawker:</em> &quot;<a href="http://gawker.com/5990395" target="_blank">If You Wear Google&rsquo;s New Glasses You Are An A__hole</a>.&quot;<br />* Is&nbsp;<a href="http://buzzmachine.com/2013/03/13/ny-times-technobias/" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;technophobic</a>?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/arts/nprs-generation-listen-seeks-audiences-in-their-20s.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=1&amp;" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2013/03/05/gl_logo-01-7392926b4517db03c70609d80acca8f50d796c14-s2.png" style="width: 150px; float: right; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&#39;WERE YOU STRAPPED INTO YOUR CAR SEAT AND FORCED TO LISTEN TO NPR IN THE &#39;80s AND &#39;90s?&#39; </strong>That&#39;s the hook <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/arts/nprs-generation-listen-seeks-audiences-in-their-20s.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=1&amp;" target="_blank">NPR&#39;s using to promote itself</a>&nbsp;at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, courting loyalty among a demographic it calls &quot;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thisisnpr/2013/03/07/173507717/npr-generation-listen-join-the-tribe" target="_blank">Generation Listen</a>.&quot;<br />* Meanwhile, WBEZ, which has been encouraging those former &quot;backseat babies&quot; to &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/19/wbezs-spring-ad-campaign-youve-come-a-long-way-babies" target="_blank">Go Make Babies</a>&quot; of their own, is planning a &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/member-meet-90%E2%80%99s-time-machine-edition-105518" target="_blank">Member Meet-up: &#39;90s Time Machine Edition</a>.&quot;</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.</em></span></p></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/honors-due-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-106089 Hackers hit government site, threaten 'chaos' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/hackers-hit-government-site-threaten-chaos-105172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/anonymous-ussc-hacked-3-620x349.png" alt="" /><p><p><em>Four things (plus!) for Monday, Chicago:</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/us-sentencing-website-hacked-into-video-game-asteroids_p3-7000010385/#photo"><img alt="Hacked government site (ZDNet image)" src="http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/010385/anonymous-ussc-hacked-3-620x.png?hash=BQEyAQAuLm" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; float: right;" /></a>&#39;THIS TIME THERE WILL BE CHANGE, OR THERE WILL BE CHAOS.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;That&#39;s been the warning from the &quot;hacktivist&quot; group Anonymous over the weekend, as it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-hacks-us-sentencing-commission-distributes-files-7000010369/">took control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website</a>&nbsp;-- not once but twice, the second time <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-re-hacks-us-sentencing-site-into-video-game-asteroids-7000010384/">turning it into a version of the old arcade game &quot;Asteroids&quot;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;-- to protest what it calls a &quot;twisted and distorted perversion of justice,&quot; which it blames for the suicide of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-did-the-justice-system-target-aaron-swartz-20130123" target="_blank">Chicago-born Internet activist Aaron Swartz</a>.<br />* New rule outlawing smartphones&#39; unlocking (so they can be used on other carriers) is &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/the-most-ridiculous-law-of-2013-so-far-it-is-now-a-crime-to-unlock-your-smartphone/272552/">The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013</a>&nbsp;(So Far)&quot; --&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic.</em><br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/01/27/the-perfect-murder-how-facebook-will-kill-the-phone-as-we-know-it/">Facebook could kill the phone as we know it</a>&nbsp;--&nbsp;<em>GigaOM</em>.</p><p><strong>&#39;PUBLIC BROADCASTING FINALLY SACKS UP AND HIRES A REAL MAN WHO WILL TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA.&#39;&nbsp;</strong><em>Wonkette</em> examines <a href="http://wonkette.com/498660/public-broadcasting-finally-sacks-up-and-hires-a-real-man-who-will-tell-the-truth-about-obama">a controversial hire by Georgia Public Broadcasting</a>.<br />* In one interview, Obama says he <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112190/obama-interview-2013-sit-down-president">might not let his son (if he had one) play football</a>.<br />* And in another, he and Hilary Clinton get along &quot;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/obama-clinton-end-marriage-of-convenience-with-60-minutes-lovefest-20130127">like an old and happily married couple</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/24/at-cnet-morale/">PEOPLE ARE PISSED OFF</a>.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>An insider says CNET staffers aren&#39;t swallowing parent company CBS&#39; decision to ban coverage of products targeted for legal action by CBS.<br />* New WBEZ ad campaign urges listeners to &quot;<a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/make-babies-urges-saucy-public-radio-campaign/">Make Babies</a>&quot; -- for the &quot;2032 Membership Drive.&quot;<br />* Nice emails sent by <a href="http://deadspin.com/5979052/all-the-nice-emails-we-got-from-our-moms-after-publishing-our-manti-teo-story">the moms of the reporters who cracked the Manti Te&#39;o story</a>.<br />* Departing New York Times editor <a href="http://paidcontent.org/2013/01/24/new-york-times-editor-to-take-75000-twitter-followers-out-the-door-with-him/">takes 75,000 Twitter followers with him</a>.</p><p><strong>YOU&#39;LL GET A CHARGE ...&nbsp;</strong>A legal settlement between credit card companies and merchants means that, as of yesterday, sellers are free to tack up to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/credit-card-fees-effect-sunday/story?id=18316310">4 percent extra onto your purchase price</a> if you choose not to pay with cash.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* See that Comments space below?&nbsp;</em><em>It&#39;s waiting for you to weigh in.&nbsp;</em><em>What about those Anonymous guys? Are they heroes, or just vandals? Should the president get busy and have a son? Should he let him play football? Wouldn&#39;t it be nice to see a young Barack Obama Jr. ante up for WBEZ&#39;s 2032 Membership Drive?</em><br /><em>* Get the latest from WBEZ by email.&nbsp;<a href="http://services.chicagopublicmedia.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&amp;SURVEY_ID=13561">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Soundtrack for preparation of this issue:&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/from-the-archives-aaron-swartz">WBEZ&#39;s 2001 interview with Aaron Swartz</a>,&nbsp;then a visionary&nbsp;14-year-old.</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/hackers-hit-government-site-threaten-chaos-105172 Facebook's new thing, Obama's gun plan http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/facebooks-new-thing-obamas-gun-plan-104946 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/FB.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thos003/5986220278/" title="Facebook at Mozcon - Alex by Thos003, on Flickr"><img align="right" alt="Facebook at Mozcon - Alex" height="212" src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6148/5986220278_9635614fc2_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></p><p><strong>FACEBOOK&#39;S NEW THING.</strong>&nbsp;Its search box, until now mostly useless, is about to become&nbsp;<a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/200731/finally-a-real-search-function-for-facebook/">a lot more useful</a>&nbsp;as Facebook tries a new way to&nbsp;<a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130115/graph-search-facebooks-way-of-keeping-you-inside-of-facebook/">keep you from ever leaving Facebook</a>.<br />* And it&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/business/2013/01/the-inside-story-of-graph-search-facebooks-weapon-to-challenge-google">a little scary</a>.<br />* But&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/01/facebook-graph-search-in-limited-beta-heres-how-to-sign-up-for-it/">you can&#39;t have it yet</a>.</p><p><strong>OBAMA&#39;S GUN PLAN.&nbsp;</strong>The president&#39;s unholstering <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/obama-guns-plan-to-include-trafficking-law-86260.html?hp=t1_3">some wide-ranging gun-violence proposals</a> -- from universal background checks for all new gun owners to anti-bullying measures in the nation&#39;s schools.<br />* Axelrod: President won&#39;t get everything he wants, but <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/17598309-761/axelrod-despite-nra-congress-will-take-some-action-on-gun-issues.html">will get some things</a> despite NRA objections.<br />* New York state passes <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gitItf1eSFhVNcRkSUlZzXnnESxg?docId=a0f1e93e28ed4514919737f2a76c0a05">first gun-control law since Connecticut massacre</a>.<br />* <em>Salon:</em> Man who helped save six kids in Newtown now <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/15/this_man_helped_save_six_children_is_now_getting_harassed_for_it/">getting harassed for it</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;I AM DRAINED FROM CRYING.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;After attending the funeral for celebrated computer hacker Aaron Swartz,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/after-aaron-104940">WBEZ&#39;s Robin Amer files a first-person report</a>: &quot;I am thinking about what it means to be a suicide survivor.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/from-the-archives-aaron-swartz">Swartz in 2001 WBEZ interview</a>, when he was 14: &quot;Computers and humans will be working together.&quot;<br />* Father: Swartz was &quot;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/business/17594002-420/aaron-swartz-memorialized-at-service.html">killed by the government</a>.&quot;<br />* Swartz case <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57564212-38/prosecutor-in-aaron-swartz-hacking-case-comes-under-fire/">prosecutor now under investigation herself</a>.</p><p>&#39;<strong>WE SCREWED UP.&#39;&nbsp;</strong><em>The Atlantic</em> <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/the-atlantic-apologizes-for-scientology-ad/">apologizes for running a Scientology ad</a> that looked like a normal online article. It says it&#39;s &quot;<a href="https://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?recipient_id=699462885&amp;message_id=2459857&amp;user_id=NJG_Atlan&amp;group_id=0&amp;jobid=12656579">working very hard to put things right</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>The Onion:</em> &quot;<a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/sponsored-the-taliban-is-a-vibrant-and-thriving-po,30910/">SPONSORED: The Taliban Is A Vibrant And Thriving Political Movement</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;HE&#39;D HAVE HATED ... ANYONE TALKING ABOUT HIM IN MOURNFUL TONES.&#39;&nbsp;</strong><em>Tribune</em>&nbsp;columnist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0116-20130116,0,3300856.column">John Kass marks the death of his radio partner</a>, Jim Edwards, known on the air as Jake Hartford.</p><p><strong>NOT BUYING WHAT ARMSTRONG&#39;S PEDALING.&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57564168/cbs-news-government-rejects-armstrongs-$5m-restitution-offer/">CBS News reports</a>&nbsp;the U.S. government is rejecting Lance Armstrong&#39;s offer to pay $5 million in reparations to the federal government for doping while his team took $30 million from the U.S. Postal Service under a sponsorship deal that banned doping.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/winfrey-armstrong-interview-intense-18222607">Tougher confession</a>&nbsp;may be yet to come.</p><p><strong>DREAM OFF. </strong>Another technical glitch for another 787 passenger jet has prompted <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/japan-787-makes-emergency-landing-due-battery-012759722--finance.html">an emergency landing in Japan</a>&nbsp;and a decision by two Japanese airlines to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-boeing-anabre90f018-20130115,0,4513844.story">ground all their Dreamliners</a> -- another bad omen for Chicago-based Boeing.</p><hr /><p><em>How&#39;s this blog working for you? Your comments welcome. <a href="mailto:Meyerson+WBEZ@gmail.com?subject=How%20you're%20doin'"><strong>Email us</strong></a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/facebooks-new-thing-obamas-gun-plan-104946 After Aaron http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/after-aaron-104940 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/aaron%20swartz%20flickr%20sage%20ross.jpg" style="height: 496px; width: 620px;" title="Aaron Swartz (Flickr/Sage Ross)" /></div><p>I am still wearing my best black wool dress. I am drained from crying, and from staying awake late last night reading tributes online. I am thinking about what it means to be a suicide survivor. I have just been to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-born-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-dies-26-104883">Aaron Swartz&rsquo;s funeral</a>.</p><p>I have known Aaron&rsquo;s partner, Taren, for 12 years. We share a mutual best friend &ndash; mine from high school, hers from college. In the time I&rsquo;ve known Taren we have been bridesmaids together in two different weddings. We have traveled together, confided in one another and offered one another advice. I know that in losing Aaron Swartz the world lost a great visionary, a public intellectual, and a technological pioneer. I know his death and the controversy surrounding it have become an international news story. But ever since I learned of Aaron&rsquo;s death I have been looking at this tragedy through the lens of my friend&rsquo;s deep personal loss.</p><p>According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention some 34,000 people die by suicide every year in the U.S. But that number is dwarfed by the number of &ldquo;survivors,&rdquo; the devastated friends, family and loved ones suicide leaves behind.</p><p>In their grief, survivors experience shock and depression, understandably, but also anger, sometimes even anger towards the deceased. There is also guilt: the sense they could or should have done more before it was too late.</p><p>I saw those emotions unfurled at Aaron&rsquo;s funeral. The service took place in a small synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., a suburb north of Chicago. There were no flowers, but no protestors either, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/15/westboro-baptist-church-aaron-swartz-anonymous_n_2479019.html">despite earlier threats from the Westboro Baptist Church</a>. Aaron&rsquo;s body lay in a wooden casket outside the sanctuary. Jewish law dictates that the body of the deceased not be alone for an instant before he is buried, so a dedicated mourner sat in a folding chair beside the coffin and prayed over Aaron while mourners filed into the hall.</p><p>Taren delivered the first eulogy, staring from the podium into a sea of dark suits. She looked spent and wan; her large eyes were ringed with dark circles and her hair hung down in a curtain beside her face. But she laughed as she recounted how she and Aaron had shared a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of mac n&rsquo; cheese &ndash; his favorites &ndash; at a happy hour in New York the night before his death. How he had promised to reward the diligent cleaning of her inbox with one cuddle for every email deleted, how he had woken her up one Saturday morning, imploring, &ldquo;I need to talk to you about Bayesian statistics.&rdquo;</p><p>OK, she had said that day, but could she wake up a little bit first? No, he insisted. This was very important. They spent the next several hours working out a complex mathematical equation, &ldquo;trying to remember how to do multivariable calculus,&rdquo; and, it seemed from her account, feeling very lucky to have one another.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;That is what Aaron meant to me,&rdquo; Taren said. &ldquo;These simple moments of joy.&rdquo;</p><p>But Taren shared other memories, too: how tired Aaron seemed in recent weeks, how overwhelmed and helpless he felt. She and Aaron&rsquo;s other friends and mentors &ndash; including Tim Berners-Lee, the godfather of the World Wide Web, and copyright activist Lawrence Lessig &ndash; painted a picture of a remarkable young man, but also a very vulnerable one. In their memorials, Aaron did not come across as depressed &ndash; just backed into a corner. Aaron, it seems, was surrounded by people who adored him, and yet he felt alone. Even the people closest to him did not realize just how alone he felt.</p><p>Aaron&rsquo;s father, Robert, has already been quoted today saying that his son &ldquo;didn&rsquo;t commit suicide,&rdquo; that MIT and the government were responsible for his death. But Mr. Swartz also said he blamed himself for not doing enough to protect his son.</p><p>Aaron&rsquo;s defense attorney, Elliot Peters, admitted to feeling &ldquo;disappointed&rdquo; in Aaron. But he also seemed angry that he wouldn&rsquo;t have the chance to defend Aaron in court, and spun out his never-to-be-realized fantasy: that day when a jury would have found Aaron not guilty, and they would have been able to &ldquo;get the last word.&rdquo;</p><p>Lessig, Aaron&rsquo;s long-time friend and mentor, prepared a memorial slideshow that &ldquo;only [he] and Aaron would ever get to see,&rdquo; and told mourners they had &ldquo;lost an elder&rdquo; this week, someone wise beyond his years. But Lessig followed that by saying they had also &ldquo;lost a child,&rdquo; one who desperately needed to be protected.</p><p>They are all survivors now, searching for answers and casting blame, whether on themselves or on others. Let us be kind to them, and comfort them, and protect them however we can -- just as they have asked us to do a better job of protecting other people in pain. Let us offer <a href="http://www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&amp;page_ID=FED822A2-D88D-4DBD-6E1B55D56C229A75">the advice given here</a>: Be kind to yourself. When you feel ready, begin to go on with your life. Eventually starting to enjoy life again is not a betrayal of your loved one, but rather a sign that you&#39;ve begun to heal.</p><p>Towards the end of the service, a young girl walked up to Taren and put her arms around her neck. It was Ada, the daughter of Aaron&rsquo;s ex-girlfriend <a href="http://www.quinnnorton.com/said/">Quinn Norton</a>. Norton <a href="http://www.quinnnorton.com/said/?p=644">wrote about her relationship with Aaron</a>, and of his love for Ada, the day after his death. &ldquo;In his darkest moments, when I couldn&rsquo;t reach him, Ada could still touch him, even if only for a moment,&rdquo; she wrote. &nbsp;</p><p>Taren must have known, because she too seemed immensely grateful for the girl&rsquo;s affection. She crisscrossed her arms around Ada. She rested her forehead on the girl&rsquo;s. And her body shook with sobs as the rabbi delivered his closing prayer.&nbsp;</p><p><em>If you&rsquo;re having thoughts of suicide please speak to someone. In the U.S. call 1-800-273-8255.</em></p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/after-aaron-104940 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 'Morning Shift' #85: The second amendment is first on our minds http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-14/morning-shift-85-second-amendment-first-our-minds <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/anti gun at wh.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-85-the-second-amendment-is-first-on.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-85-the-second-amendment-is-first-on" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #85: The second amendment is first on our minds" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-14/morning-shift-85-second-amendment-first-our-minds Aaron Swartz dies http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-born-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-dies-26-104883 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Aaron Swartz.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago-born Internet activist Aaron Swartz took his own life in his New York City apartment on Friday, <a href="http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html" target="_blank">according to his uncle Michael Wolf</a>.<br /><br />Swartz, who at 14 co-authored<a href="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/"> the RSS 1.0 specification</a>, which is widely used for publishing news stories, was often described as a brilliant thinker and architect in the Internet freedom movement <a href="http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html#more-205376">by his close friends</a>. He was also considered an early builder of the social news and entertainment website <a href="http://www.reddit.com/">Reddit</a>.<br /><br />On July 11, 2011, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/20compute.html?ref=us&amp;_r=0">Swartz was charged</a> with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and recklessly damaging a protected computer in relation to downloading roughly 4 million documents from a digital storage library at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology known as JSTOR.<br /><br />Known for liberating public information from bureaucracy and fees associated with processing data, Swartz founded Demand Progress, which he used to fight the Internet censorship bills <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act">SOPA</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act">PIPA</a> introduced by Congress.<br /><br /><a href="https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=aaron+swartz&amp;src=typd">Twitter erupted with the news</a> early Saturday morning, and friends and admirers across the country eulogized Swartz in expected ways, but they also <a href="http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html#more-205376">candidly discussed</a> his fight with depression, his ongoing battle with the feds that might have landed him up to 30 years in prison and his distinctive personality that made him such a presence in the tech world.<br /><br />Swartz&rsquo; Chicago connections are deep. When the FBI investigated him for downloading and publicly releasing 20 percent of PACER, a database of federal court documents, Swartz filed a Freedom of Information Act request and found that <a href="http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/fbifile">agents had cased his house at 349 Marshman Ave. in Highland Park, Ill.</a>, looking for him.<br /><br />Swartz also was affiliated with many in Chicago&rsquo;s open data movement.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.derivativeworks.com/">Dan X. O&rsquo;Neil</a>, co-founder of <a href="http://www.everyblock.com/">EveryBlock</a> as well as Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/">Smart Chicago Collaborative</a>, a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology, said he met Swartz in 2007 when he worked on the <a href="https://public.resource.org/8_principles.html">8 Principles of Open Government Data</a> along with O&rsquo;Neil and <a href="http://www.holovaty.com/">Adrian Holovaty</a>, founder of EveryBlock and another influential programmer from Chicago.<br /><br />&ldquo;Those principles have been enormously influential in shaping policy in the last five years,&quot; O&#39;Neil told WBEZ on Saturday.&nbsp;</p><p>O&#39;Neil also<a href="http://www.derivativeworks.com/2013/01/aaron-swartz-an-appreciation.html"> wrote in tribute</a> to Swartz&#39; life, &quot;I&rsquo;m so thankful for what you did with your time on Earth. Thank you.&quot;</p><p>Swartz, a <a href="http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/">Harvard Ethics Center Fellow</a>, was considered an Internet folk hero for his activism, technical knowledge and passion for providing access to information, and many people took to Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and Tumblr to eulogize him.&nbsp;</p><p>One Reddit user gave a particularly poignant eulogy: &ldquo;Great minds carry heavy burdens.&quot;</p><p>Historian and writer Rick Perlstein wrote an<a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/172187/aaron-swartz#"> obit in <em>The Nation</em></a> where he eulogized Swartz like this: &quot;I remember always thinking that he always seemed too sensitive for this world we happen to live in, and I remember him working so mightily, so heroically, to try to bend the world into a place more hospitable to people like him, which also means hospitable to people like us.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://rememberaaronsw.tumblr.com/">In an official statement</a>, the family and partner of Aaron Swartz wrote: &ldquo;Aaron&rsquo;s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance; his reflexive empathy and capacity for selfless, boundless love; his refusal to accept injustice as inevitable&mdash;these gifts made the world, and our lives, far brighter. We&rsquo;re grateful for our time with him, to those who loved him and stood with him, and to all of those who continue his work for a better world.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>The family is inviting those who knew Aaron to contribute their memories to a <a href="http://rememberaaronsw.tumblr.com/">Tumblr set up in his honor</a>.</p><p>A funeral will be held at Central Avenue Synogogue in Highland Park on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. His family will be announcing memorials taking place in other cities <a href="http://rememberaaronsw.com">here</a>.</p><p><em>Contact <a href="mailto:takimoff@wbez.org">Tim Akimoff</a></em></p></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-born-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-dies-26-104883