November 8 should have been Aaron Swartz‘s 28th birthday. But for an overzealous prosecutor, Swartz would likely still be innovating, still be rousing the rabble, still be sharing information that the rest of us need.
I didn’t know much about Swartz the human being while he was alive, but what I’ve learned about him since he died almost two years ago has been quite the inspiration. Go read his Wikipedia page, if you don’t know of his legacy. Then go visit Reddit, another bit of code he helped with.
At the bottom of this page, you’ll see another silent homage to Aaron Swartz: the Creative Commons license under which I share this blog’s conten.
By the time you read this, it’s likely too late to take part in the Swartz Day hackathon happening in several cities around the globe. I’ve already missed the showing of the Swartz documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. But you don’t need to participate in an official event to honor Aaron Swartz. You just need to take some steps in his memory. Share some important information with someone who needs it, be it on your own blog (Today would be a good day to start a blog, by the way), Reddit, on your favorite social media site — or live and in person.
Information in the right hands is powerful , and Aaron Swartz knew that today’s powerful people hold information that keeps the less powerful in their place. So go empower someone today.