Aaron Swartz

Economic Commons Sense

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2007 Todmorden Boundary Walk

This picture is by me, from 2007 Todmorden Boundary Walk. (Sun, 06 May 2007  11:46:51). The Boundary Walk is held annually as a symbolic reminder of those who trampled the enclosures - and theoretically for the purpose of doing so again, should the need arise, though the commons' boundaries have remained fairly stable for some time now. This particular image shows the tiny figure of a hiker by the Stoodley Pike Monument (built in the time of the 1800s' disputes about commons enclosure) on Langfield Common, from the vantage point of a road forming the boundary on the other side of the valley. The marked difference between the medieval fields, the larger later enclosures with their straight edges on the hillsides and the remnant, one-time acid rain damaged common peat & millstone-grit moorland above, is striking.

 

Aaron Swartz's legacy

Tributes are being paid to web activist and developer Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide at the weekend. At the time of his death he faced hacking charges in the US for downloading academic research documents. Voice of Russia spoke to Loz Kaye, Leader of the Pirate Party.

Aaron Swartz, 26 when he died, helped create RSS, one of the earliest ways of freeing data on the internet and co-founded the news collator Reddit.

 

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013 - 23:00

Who Owns Knowledge

Speaker: 
Ms. Sephie Hallow
Talk Date: 
Saturday, 6 July, 2013
Talk Location: 
University of York Philosophy Society
United Kingdom