Monday, January 21, 2013

Aaron Swartz is gone. The guerrilla for OpenAccess will go on

On the wake of Aaron Swartz death on January 11th we wished to update our post on his indictment by Federal Authorities  accused of "wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and recklessly damaging a protected computer". He killed himself on January 11th, aged 27 from  Information shall be freed. Aaron Swartz and the Guerrilla Open access manifesto July 2011

Lawrence Lessig and Aaron Swartz (2002) / Rich Gibson / CC BY
 While Aaron might not be any longer among us, his memory and determination shall serve as an example to all of us  in keeping up the good fight for which he paid the ultimate price.
"There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.

We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access"
 From the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto July 2008

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Law in these parts

Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values? 

The Law in these parts Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (Israel, 2012)
Since Israel conquered the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 war, the military has imposed thousands of orders and laws, established military courts, sentenced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, enabled half a million Israeli "settlers" to move to the Occupied Territories and developed a system of long-term jurisdiction by an occupying army that is unique in the entire world. 

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