Posts Tagged ‘Carl Malamud’

‘On the Internet, No One Knows You’re a Child’: The Short Life of Aaron Swartz, at Sundance

Broadband's Impact, Copyright, Net Neutrality, People, The Innovation Economy, Transparency January 23rd, 2014

PARK CITY, Utah, January 23, 2014 – On the internet, no one knows you’re a child.

That, at least, was the message I took from watching the film about the life of Aaron Swartz. The film, “The Internet’s Own Boy,” premiered this week here at the Sundance Film Festival, during which it received a sustained standing ovation.

The documentary is a biography of, and tribute to, the all-too-short life of Swartz, who died a year ago this month, at age 26.

Swartz had been under intense pressure from the federal prosecutors in Massachusetts. Criminal charges filed against him, if proven, could have imprisoned him for 35 years. Those charges stemmed from Swartz’s having downloaded millions of articles from JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, onto a computer at the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While it is unclear what Swartz intended to do with the articles, it seems implausible that he would have republished them in an act of copyright infringement.


A Crowdsourced National Broadband Census: The Time is Now!

Broadband Data, Expert Opinion, FCC, National Broadband Plan July 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2009 – Carl Malamud’s talking on O’Reilly’s Radar about the need for a national broadband census. One of the things that has been doing since our launch, in January 2008, is to provide a crowdsourced, public and transparent collection of data about local broadband Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition. We call this the Broadband ‘SPARC.’

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