I'm organizing an event at UW next week to remember and celebrate
Aaron Swartz. The event will involve a reading, the screening of a
documentary film, and a Q&A. The event coincides with the third
anniversary of Aaron's death and the release of a new book of Swartz's
writing that I contributed to. Aaron was a friend and a roommate of
mine in Boston.
Please feel free to forward this on to lists or other groups you think
might be interested.
Details are below:
WHAT: Aaron Swartz: The Boy Who Could Change the World – Reflections on
Technology and Civil Liberties
WHEN: Wednesday, January 13 at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Communications Building (CMU) 120, University of Washington
We invite you to celebrate the life and activism efforts of Aaron
Swartz, hosted by UW Communication professor Benjamin Mako Hill. The
event is next week and will consist of a short book reading, a
screening of a documentary about Aaron’s life, and a Q&A with Mako
who knew Aaron well – details are below. No RSVP required; we hope
you can join us.
Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy, entrepreneur, and
information activist who contributed to the core Internet protocol
RSS and co-founded Reddit, among other groundbreaking work. However,
it was his efforts in social justice and political organizing
combined with his aggressive approach to promoting increased access
to information that entangled him in a two-year legal nightmare that
ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.
January 11, 2016 marks the third anniversary of his death. Join us
two days later for a reading from a new posthumous collection of
Swartz’s writing published by New Press, a showing of “The
Internet's Own Boy” (a documentary about his life), and a Q&A with
UW Communication professor Benjamin Mako Hill – a former roommate
and friend of Swartz and a contributor to and co-editor of the first
section of the new book.
I hope to see some of you there!
If you are on this list but not in Seattle, I have a blog post with
links to events in other cities:
Benjamin Mako Hill
Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far
as society is free to use the results. --GNU Manifesto
The annual report for Cascadia Wikimedians User Group is available on
The information there includes our activities report, balance sheet, and
This information includes our activities in the latter portions of 2014,
after our recognition from the Affiliations Committee but before we had a
Please also note that we held our first post-formation board elections. The
new board and officer assignments are below:
3 year terms (January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018)
* Peaceray (continuing from 2015 board)
* Benjamin Mako Hill (continuing from 2015 board)
* Pine (continuing from 2015 board)
2 year terms (January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017)
* SounderBruce (new to the board for 2016)
* Jmabel (new to the board for 2016)
* Brianhe (continuing from 2015 board)
Board appointment to fill a vacant seat; 1 year term (January 1, 2016
through December 31, 2016)
* Another Believer (continuing from 2015 board)
We have 2 remaining open seats on our board that may be appointed by the
other board members, or may be filled during the next regular election.
*President: Peaceray (continuing from 2015)
*Vice President: Benjamin Mako Hill (continuing from 2015)
*Secretary: Pine (interim appointment, concurrent with role as Executive
*Treasurer: Brianhe (continuing from 2015)
I am available via email or my talk page for questions.
Happy new year,
Executive Director and Interim Secretary