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.
But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. 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. Want to read the papers featuring the most
Real education is about genuine understanding and the ability to figure things out on your own; not about making sure every 7th grader has memorized all the facts some bureaucrats have put in the 7th grade curriculum.
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.
Reality is painful -- it's so much easier to keep doing stuff you know you're good at or else to pick something so hard there's no point at which it's obvious you're failing -- but it's impossible to get better without confronting it.
Through the Internet, I've developed a strong social network - something I could never do if I had to keep my choice of peers within school grounds.
We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file-sharing networks. Aaron Swart
Nearly 75,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act.
Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives. Aaron Sw
Now, the typical way you make good things happen in Washington is you find a bunch of wealthy companies who agree with you.
Most people, it seems, stretch the truth to make themselves seem more impressive. I, it seems, stretch the truth to make myself look worse.
I first met Jimbo Wales, the face of Wikipedia, when he came to speak at Stanford. Aaron Sw
Say yes to everything.
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.
Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it - their shareholders would revolt at anything less.
Big stories need human stakes. Aaron Sw
Assume nobody else has any idea what they're doing, either.
Seriously, who really cares how long the Nile river is, or who was the first to discover cheese? How is memorizing that ever going to help anyone? Instead, we need to give kids projects that allow them to exercise their minds and discover things for themselves.
Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet. Aaron Sw
Now, as far as I know, nobody has ever put up the U.S.'s nuclear missiles on the Internet. I mean, it's not something I've heard about.
I donâ€™t want to be happy. I just want to change the world.
Nearly 75,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act. Aaron Sw
Big stories need human stakes.
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.
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.
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
There's all sorts of stuff people want to publish anonymously.
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.
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?
What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book - a key part of our planet's cultural legacy.