Assume nobody else has any idea what they're doing, either.
Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives. Aaron Sw
Nearly 75,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act.
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.
Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet.
I have developed my most meaningful relationships online. None of them live within driving distance. None of them are about my own age.
Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives. Aaron Swart
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.
There's all sorts of stuff people want to publish anonymously.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives.
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?
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.
Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility, it becomes rashness, or obstinacy.
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.
We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file-sharing networks. Aaron Swart
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.
Say yes to everything.
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.
I first met Jimbo Wales, the face of Wikipedia, when he came to speak at Stanford. Aaron Sw
Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.
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.