UPDATED 09:14 EST / JANUARY 13 2013

Aaron Greenspan is Creating Aaron Swartz Memorial Grants

Death of Aaron Swartz is causing outpouring of feelings (see story) never seen in decades and even the family is establishing foul play (see story).  Now we are seeing financial support from the community of internet citizens.

Aaron Greenspan, the entrepreneur and writer of the Lost Chapter an essay that tells the real story about the founding of Facebook, created a memorial grant of $10,000 in the name of Aaron Swartz to promote more transparency. Greenspan has had his share of frustration both legally and personally watching all the players get rich at Facebook while he go zilch.


The grant in the name of Aaron Swartz will be from Greenspans 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Think Computer Foundation. Greenspan is also the founder of Facecash.com a new payment firm located in Palo Alto.

Greenspan writes

“Aaron Swartz’s work was very important to me, and as moving as the outpouring of grief over his death has been, the truth is that very few people paid serious attention to his work (excepting the DOJ and FBI) from the time he downloaded PACER data in 2008 until now. In fact, I am fairly certain that I can count on one hand the number of people who have spent considerable amounts of time thinking about PACER and its perverse impact on society.

That needs to change, so I’ll pay to make it change. Exactly $10,000 in Aaron’s name, from Think Computer Foundation, in the form of two Aaron Swartz Memorial Grants”

Additionally I found some of Aaron’s recent writings called RawNerve written as series of of provocative essays.  Located here online  at http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/rawnerve

Video where he was defending against SOPA


more curated interesting links that I found on out pouring of sympathy around the community, Aaron’s life, and his family.

Other interesting links around the web from Aaron Swartz e-wake.

Aaron Swartz, 1986-2013: a computer hacker who is now a political martyr – Yahoo! News
“Aaron Swartz’s death is a loss for all humanity,” said one distinguished hacker who knew him.

Visionary internet activist Aaron Swartz found dead; was this brilliant internet revolutionary ‘taken out?’

In quotes: Tributes to Aaron Swartz
Web gurus and celebrities pay tribute to Aaron Swartz, a prominent internet activist who died at the age of 26.

Aaron Swartz, American hero

Feds go overboard in prosecuting information activist | Ars Technica
Violate website terms of use and you too could be a felon.

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