The Idealist (Hardback)
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The Idealist (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 24/03/2017
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Aaron Swartz was a zealous young advocate for the free exchange of information and creative content online. He committed suicide in 2013 after being indicted by the government for illegally downloading millions of academic articles from anon-profit online database. From the age of fifteen, when Swartz, a computer prodigy, worked with Lawrence Lessig to launch Creative Commons, to his years as a fighter for copyright reform and open information, to his work leading theprotests against the Stop Online Piracy Act, to his posthumous status as a cultural icon. Justin Peters examines Swartz's life in the context of 200 years of struggle over the control of information. The Idealist situates Swartz in the context of other "data moralists" past and present, from lexicographer Noah Webster to eBook pioneer Michael Hart to NSA whistle blower helsea Manning. Peters also breaks down the government's case against Swartz and explains how federally funded academic research came to be considered private property, and downloading that material in bulk came to be considered a federal crime. An essential look at the impact of the free culture movement on our daily lives and on generations to come.

Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
ISBN: 9780715651483
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 461 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Peters captures Swartz flawlessly * New York Times, Book Review *
In this impressively nimble and engrossing big-picture biography, Peters places hacktivist Swartz within a pantheon of intellectual property trailblazers and presents a colourful history of American publishing, public libraries, censorship, and copyright law * Booklist, starred review *

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