This Saturday Aaron Swartz would have turned 28. Aaron was a hacker and political activist who devoted most of his life to overcoming the economic and legal barriers to the access to the commons of knowledge, science and information. Aaron has taken his own life in January of 2013, two days after the US justice decided to take him to court for allegedly downloading some 4 million scientific articles from the JSTOR repository, facing the prospect of up to 35 years in prison.
As a part of a global string of 24-hour memorial hackathons inspired by Aaron’s work, there will be a hackathon at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. While the focus will be on digitization and distribution of books (with the scanning workshop starting at 2 pm), we invite you to participate in the hackathon – be that by learning how to scan books, scanning books, writing code or by working on a project of your own that reflects the spirit of Aaron’s work. At 10 p.m. we’ll screen the documentary on Aaron “The Internet’s Own Boy“.
Part of the hackathon will be the coding work on [let’s share books] part of Memory of the world infrastructure that is currently on display at the exhibition “Public Library” at the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart.