By Justin Peters

Aaron Swartz was once a zealous younger recommend for the loose trade of knowledge and artistic content material on-line. He devoted suicide in 2013 after being indicted by means of the U.S. govt for illegally downloading hundreds of thousands of educational articles from an internet database. From the age of fifteen, while Swartz, a working laptop or computer prodigy, labored with Lawrence Lessig to release artistic Commons, to his years as a fighter for copyright reform and open details, to his paintings top the protests opposed to the cease on-line Piracy Act, to his posthumous prestige as a cultural icon. Justin Peters examines Swartz's lifestyles within the context of two hundred years of fight over the keep an eye on of information.
The Idealist situates Swartz within the context of alternative ‘data moralists’ prior and current, from lexicographer Noah Webster to booklet pioneer Michael Hart to NSA whistle blower Chelsea Manning.
A relocating biography, and a necessary examine the effect of the loose tradition circulation on our day-by-day lives and on generations to come.

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