[Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead
gregory.varnum at gmail.com
Sat Jan 12 17:21:57 UTC 2013
Condolences to all that knew him - very tragic - especially at such a young age.
If my memory is correct (and that's a gamble) I seem to recall knowing about him more from his work on early RSS around the age of 13. I was in college doing websites at the time and recall being rather impressed with someone so young making such a widespread impact on the core of the web.
-greg aka varnent
On 12 Jan, 2013, at 12:10 PM, Ziko van Dijk <vandijk at wmnederland.nl> wrote:
> 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.
>> 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:
>>> He was also described as "one of the early architects of Creative
>>> Commons" by Larry Lessig , 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".
>>> 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.
>>>  http://www.lessig.org/2006/09/if-i-could-vote-on-the-wikiped/
>>> Wikimedia-l mailing list
>>> Wikimedia-l at lists.wikimedia.org
>>> Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l
>> Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
>> "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more
>> useful than a life spent doing nothing."
>> Wikimedia-l mailing list
>> Wikimedia-l at lists.wikimedia.org
>> Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l
> Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland
> dr. Ziko van Dijk, voorzitter
> Wikimedia Nederland
> Postbus 167
> 3500 AD Utrecht
> Wikimedia-l mailing list
> Wikimedia-l at lists.wikimedia.org
> Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l
More information about the Wikimedia-l