[Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

Ziko van Dijk vandijk at wmnederland.nl
Sat Jan 12 17:10:45 UTC 2013

Thanks for the information, and my condoleances to those who knew him.
Sounds like a very, very interesting person.
Kind regards

2013/1/12 Everton Zanella Alvarenga <ezalvarenga at wikimedia.org>:
> [...]
> "The first site I built was called get.info. The idea was to have a
> free, online encyclopedia that anyone could edit or add things to or
> reorganize, right through their web browser. I built the whole thing,
> added lots of cool features, tested it on all sorts of browsers, and
> was very proud of it. It actually won even a prize for one of the best
> new web applications that year. Unfortunately, the only people I knew
> at the time were other kids in my school, so I didn't really have
> anyone writing a lot of encyclopedia articles. (Luckily, several years
> later, my mother pointed me to this new site called "Wikipedia" that
> was doing the same thing.)"
> [...]
> From "How to Get a Job Like Mine" <https://aaronsw.jottit.com/howtoget>.
> Thanks for the links bellow. This was a really horrible lost for all of us.
> Tom
> On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> As has been noted, Aaron (User:AaronSw) was a prolific Wikipedian
>> since 2003 and a candidate in the 2006 Board election. His writings
>> during his election campaign are worth re-reading:
>> http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/wikiroads
>> http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/whowriteswikipedia
>> http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/whorunswikipedia
>> http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/morewikipedians
>> http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/morewikipedias
>> http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/wikicodeislaw
>> He was also described as "one of the early architects of Creative
>> Commons" by Larry Lessig [1], and founded infogami which merged into
>> Reddit, so he's sometimes called a Reddit co-founder as well.
>> Since then he's turned to activism and co-founded Demand Progress
>> which has been rallying opposition to bad Internet law, including
>> Cory Doctorow's obituary is a very personal goodbye and includes a
>> video of Aaron's talk "How we stopped SOPA".
>> http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html
>> Aaron was an intense, passionate and focused intellectual who
>> dedicated his life to changing the world for the better - and he did.
>> It's a shocking loss and deeply sad that he left us so early, that he
>> saw no other way. May he rest in peace.
>> Erik
>> [1] http://www.lessig.org/2006/09/if-i-could-vote-on-the-wikiped/
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> Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
> "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more
> useful than a life spent doing nothing."
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