I was around computers from birth; we had one of the first Macs, which came out shortly before I was born, and my dad ran a company that wrote computer operating systems. I don't think I have any particular technical skills; I just got a really large head start.
The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.
Even among those who I would not count as 'friends,' I have met many people online who have simply commented on my work or are interested by what I do.
Creativity comes from applying things you learn in other fields to the field you work in.
Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet. Aaron Sw
Normally, I just sit in my quiet little room and do the small things that bring me pleasures. I read my books, I answer email, I write a little bit.
Big stories need human stakes.
Most people, it seems, stretch the truth to make themselves seem more impressive. I, it seems, stretch the truth to make myself look worse.
Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility, it becomes rashness, or obstinacy.
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.
Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.
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.
I have developed my most meaningful relationships online. None of them live within driving distance. None of them are about my own age.
Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it - their shareholders would revolt at anything less.
The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it.
Social Security got passed because John D. Rockefeller was sick of having to take money out of his profits to pay for his workers' pension funds. Why do that, when you can just let the government take money from the workers?
With the death of bin Laden, it's finally time for Congress to bring back the pre-9-11 legal norm, before we decided it was okay to toss out our civil liberties if the 'bad guys' were scary enough.
Writing an encyclopedia is hard. To do anywhere near a decent job, you have to know a great deal of information about an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Writing so much text is difficult, but doing all the background research seems impossible.
Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives. Aaron Sw
The library world is set up on this model where the library is a physical building and has a number of books and serves a geographical community.
Big stories need human stakes. Aaron Sw
Think deeply about things. Donâ€™t just go along because thatâ€™s the way things are or thatâ€™s what your friends say. Consider the effects, consider the alternatives, but most importantly, just think.
With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge - we'll make it a thing of the past.
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
I'm not such a nuisance to the world, and the kick I get out of living can, I suppose, justify the impositions I make on it. But when life isn't so fun, well, then I start to wonder. What's the point of going on if it's just trouble for us both? My friends will miss me, I am told.
There's all sorts of stuff people want to publish anonymously.
I first met Jimbo Wales, the face of Wikipedia, when he came to speak at Stanford. Aaron Sw
What is the most important thing you could be working on in the world right now? ... And if you're not working on that, why aren't you?
Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet.
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