public libraries

Commentary & Opinion
3:22 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Aaron Swartz, Free Access to Knowledge and Free Public Libraries

 The suicide of Aaron Swartz made me focus on what he’d been fighting for – free access to knowledge on the internet. Swartz’s methods were misguided and illegal but his purposes are nevertheless worth thinking about. He was part of a movement devoted to giving us all free access to government documents, research papers and much else, believing that it should all be available on the internet at no charge.

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