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.
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.
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.
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.
Nearly 75,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act. Aaron Sw
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
When I go to a library and I see the librarian at her desk reading, I'm afraid to interrupt her, even though she sits there specifically so that she may be interrupted, even though being interrupted for reasons like this by people like me is her very job.
Say yes to everything.
Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet. 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.
We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file-sharing networks.
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.
Nearly 75,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act.
I donâ€™t want to be happy. I just want to change the world.
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.
Big stories need human stakes. Aaron Sw
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.
Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives. Aaron Sw
Creativity comes from applying things you learn in other fields to the field you work in.
Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives. Aaron Swart
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.
I first met Jimbo Wales, the face of Wikipedia, when he came to speak at Stanford. Aaron Sw
I have developed my most meaningful relationships online. None of them live within driving distance. None of them are about my own age.
At the end of the day, we have an economy that works for the rich by cheating the poor, and unequal schools are the result of that, not the cause.
Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives.
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.
We must erase bin Laden's ugly legacy, not extend it: by ending the Patriot Act's erosion of our civil liberties, we can protect the freedoms that make America worth fighting for.
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
Being around some of the bright lights of the technology world and having them expect great things helps you sit down and do it seriously.
Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.