[Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

Jay Walsh jwalsh at wikimedia.org
Sun Jan 13 00:45:45 UTC 2013

> > Official statement from the family:
> >
> > http://soupsoup.tumblr.com/**post/40373383323/official-**
> > statement-from-the-family-and-**partner-of<
> http://soupsoup.tumblr.com/post/40373383323/official-statement-from-the-family-and-partner-of
> >
> >
> > I hope someone will perhaps write a blog post for the Wikimedia blog
> about
> > his impact on the Wikimedia and free knowledge movement. This could be a
> > community project.
> >
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/**wiki/Blog<
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Blog>
> >
> > -Sarah
> >
> I do not know about a blog post, but a few San Francisco Wikimedians
> (myself included) are exploring the possibility of holding a quiet,
> respectful open house next week in honor of Aaron, hosted at the
> Foundation.
> I should emphasize that we haven't decided yet, since if Creative Commons
> or the EFF are holding events of any kind, we will likely defer to
> supporting that, rather than holding anything separately. I will keep folks
> posted.
Hi all - sharing with you in this real sense of loss and sadness. It's hard
to believe it was just a year ago that the energy around SOPA was
everywhere in the Wikimedia movement, and I think it's safe to say that
Aaron was so much the nucleus of that energy.

Re a blog post - yes, we're working on something now for the Wikimedia
blog, but what I think we'd really like to do is point to a community
memorial on Wikipedia or meta or wherever, where our community might be
recording their thoughts on Aaron. I suspect we would also point to the
memorial referenced by his family.

Has anyone seen such an on-wiki memorial? Might someone be able to
propose/create such a page if it doesn't already exist? There are so many
voices in our community who have something to say about Aaron, it would be
great to share that.


Jay Walsh
Senior Director, Communications
+1 (415) 839 6885 x 6609, @jansonw

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