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[liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide

Andrew Lewis me at andrewlew.is
Sun Jan 13 13:09:30 PST 2013


So what needs to be done?

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 14, 2013, at 10:05 AM, Maxim Kammerer <mk at dee.su> wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Samuel Carlisle
> <samuelcarlisle at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Please Upload your Academic Papers to the web and tweet the links with
>> #pdftribute
>
> This might be a suitable time to create an .onion resource that is
> actually good for the world — a gigapedia / library.nu clone that
> can't be shut down. A lot of hard work, not as glamorous as yet
> another crowdsourcing-cloud-whatever activism app , and necessarily
> anonymous, but the impact is hard to underestimate. Such a resource
> could easily outshine all the garbage that presently populates
> .onion-land, and you only need to read online comments from
> third-world researchers / students mourning gigapedia demise to
> understand the true potential.
>
>> In a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide
>> Friday, researchers have begun posting PDFs to Twitter to honor his campaign
>> for open access
>
> This is probably a pointless gesture — academics can already post
> their own papers online, whether permitted by the publisher or not. I
> don't think a publisher ever went after such cases, since they know
> this would cause a boycott from the academic community (a real one,
> not the rare and privileged “I am not publishing in closed-access
> journals” one).
>
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> Maxim Kammerer
> Liberté Linux: http://dee.su/liberte
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