Sunday, January 27, 2013
By: Matthew Doucette
I only hope I can make a dent in the universe the way Aaron Swartz has.
Aaron H. Swartz was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and Internet activist. Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the website framework web.py, and the social news site Reddit, in which he was an equal partner after a merger with his Infogami company. Swartz also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he became a research fellow at Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics... He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act, and later worked with the activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz. He also was a contributing editor to The Baffler. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz
Here's an abrasive but humbling report on Aaron's death, by The Amazing Atheist:
The Amazing Athiest pushes for this petition to be signed, which I would if I lived in the United States: http://tinyurl.com/bwrkvl5 (Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz)
Respects, from Xona Games crew.
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About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $180,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.