This weekend, EFF is celebrating the life and work of programmer, activist, and entrepreneur Aaron Swartz by participating in the 2022 Aaron Swartz Day and Hackathon. This year, the event will be held in person at the Internet Archive in San Francisco on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13. It will also be livestreamed; links to the livestream will be posted each morning.
Those interested in attending in-person or remotely can register for the event here.
Aaron Swartz was a digital rights champion who believed deeply in keeping the internet open. His life was cut short in 2013, after federal prosecutors charged him under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) for systematically downloading academic journal articles from the online database JSTOR. Facing the prospect of a long and unjust sentence, Aaron died by suicide at the age of 26.
EFF was proud to call Aaron a friend and ally. This year, several EFF staffers are speaking about work that carry his spirit and legacy: EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn; Special Advisor Cory Doctorow; Director of Engineering, Certbot Alexis Hancock; Investigative Researcher Beryl Lipton; and Grassroots Organizer Molly de Blanc.
Those interested in working on projects in Aaron’s honor can also contribute to the annual hackathon, which this year includes several projects: SecureDrop, Bad Apple, the Disability Technology Project (Sat. only), and EFF’s own Atlas of Surveillance. In addition to the hackathon in San Francisco, there will also be concurrent hackathons in Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil. For more information on the hackathon and for a full list of speakers, check out the official page for the 2022 Aaron Swartz Day and Hackathon.
By Hayley Tsukayama