Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, founder of Reddit, was a computer programmer that attended Harvard University which he later decided to drop out. As a teenager Swartz developed code that made web files free for the public to use. Also, he helped create the tool that allowed users to subscribe to online information. Swartz was a genius and knew how to hack into many websites. He was caught breaching the website JSTOR and stealing numerous scholarly articles. He ended up downloading 4.8 million articles which is highly illegal due to the fact that you need to make an account and pay for certain articles on that website. Swartz was caught and arrested by the federal government and was charged with wire and computer fraud. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison and had to pay one million dollars worth of fines. the 26 year old was found dead by a controversial suicide. Swartz was found by his friend and the cause of death was that he hung himself. It was known in an interview that he struggled with severe depression and has had suicidal thoughts. I believe that the sentencing pushed him over the top. Some can say that he was killed by the government but I believe that our government would not do something like that. He already was caught and forced to pay fines and serve jail time, what would be the reasoning for murdering this young man? I believe in what Swartz was doing for our country because he wanted to allow access to everything on the internet. All these laws are just a way for companies to make money and it is hindering our development as a country. People should be able to share information because if it is on the World Wide Web it is for the public to use. 

The intellectual property law uses patents, trademarks, and copyrights to protect owners of property. What Aaron Swartz did showed us that even with these laws to protect our property you really are never safe. He was easily able to hack the system so that shows a weakness in our government. Who knows how many other people have been doing this just havent been getting caught. I feel that he was caught because he stole such a large quantity of articles from JSTOR. I still think that the United States should revise this IP law because information on the internet deserves to be shared because it will make our society a better place to live in. The internet is going to keep growing and is becoming a huge part of our society, it is only right that we allow information to be shared freely on the web. 


1. American Intellectual Property Association (2012). What is IP Law? Retrieved from http://www.aipla.org/about/iplaw/Pages/default.aspx

2. Schwartz, J. (2013, January 12). Aaron Swartz, Internet Activist, Dies at 26 – NYTimes.com. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/technology/aaron-swartz-internet-activist-dies-at-26.html?_r=0


part 2 of codeacademy

part 2 of codeacademy


blog 7- Privacy

I am firm believer that privacy has been exploited over the last couple years. The government can get surveillance and they can monitor almost anything through technology. No one is safe anymore because they can tap your phones and computers. They can tap cameras that are located all over the world and see what is happening and when it is happening. I think that all of your personal information should be kept private. Your bank accounts, telephone records and anything involving your personal life. The government can listen to your conversations when you are not even talking on it. It is amazing how much technology improved over the years and I am worried about how much more it will improve over the next several decades. I think that the most invasive thing the government can do is bugging another persons house. They can hear and see everything that you are doing 24/7. I only think that the government should be able to monitor others when they have probable cause. If the person is suspected of a crime or needs to be closely watched because they have real evidence that links them to illegal activity. 

Social media has become such an important part in peoples lives that they will pretty much post anything on the internet. My logic is that if you do not want your job or the government to see it then do not post it on the internet it is that simple. People care so much about their social lives that they want to make it look like they are having the best time in the world but in the long run it will just hurt you. I understand that pictures create memories and are fun to look back on but you do not need to post them on social media sites for the whole general public to see. I believe that companies and corporations have the right to look at all the published information on the internet but I really do not believe that it should effect whether you get the job or not. What is the big deal if you see a potential employee drinking underage? If the CEOs and managers are that naive to think that kids in college do not drink underage then I would not want to work for them. I know it is kind of a bad look for a company but what are really the consequences? If the employee can perform the job than it should not matter if there is a picture of them drinking on the internet. Also, there are numerous ways to protect yourself from companies viewing your profile. You can put it on private or you can just not post pictures of things that you do not want people to see. It is that simple. 


Blog 6- Battle of Social Media

As the years have gone on technology has progressed drastically. One of the most useful, and profitable forms of technology has been social media, specifically Instagram and Twitter. When it comes to the world news Twitter will always be the go to source. People post on twitter 24/7 and you are constantly getting updates on what is going on in the world. The impressive thing about twitter is that you can see what is trending throughout the whole world. I remember numerous times that I have learned about things going on in the world from just seeing a tweet about it. People tweet about sports news to the conflicts that are happening in Ukraine. It helps college students because we are on our phones constantly and the likelihood of them watching the news on the television is slim to none. When people can get updates to their phone which is on them all the time, they can see news updates directly to their phone. Instagram on the other hand is a whole different way of getting news. Instagram is straight photos. Even though you can post photos on Twitter, twitter is more for the writing instead of the pictures. Companies continuously use twitter and instagram accounts to learn about sales that they are going to be having. Colleges are now even creating accounts so that they can relay news to their target markets. Instagram is useful because it is more for the visual people. People that do not like to read rely more on instagram because it soley is just pictures. Companies can advertise new products and celebrities always post pictures of their social life so you know what is going on. Girls always want to know the gossip that goes on and this is a perfect way to see. They post pictures if they are on vacation, with their boyfriends or even food that they are eating. This sets trends for people because they want to act like their favorite celebrities and role models. Even news stations have set up accounts so that they can put pictures of stories that they have reported on. These forms of social media has created an easier more innovative way to share news with everyone. 

Along with positives always comes the negatives. There has been a study that has been conducted that social media has changed the way we have processed information. People can no longer read a book because they know that they can easily use social media to find out what it is about. It no longer allows people to critically think or think more in depth about things because we all want to take the easy way out. Another way that social media has hindered the way that we live is that we continuously are glued to our phones texting and calling our friends. A lot of people are so attached to their phones they barely have conversations with their families because they always want to be connected with their friends. People will always rely on these social media websites for information regarding the news. News stations and newspapers will soon run out of business in the new generation people never sit down to read the paper or watch the news. Once the old generation dies out, that is the end for news stations leaving people without jobs. Lastly, the credibility of the sources relaying the news to you has to be in question especially on twitter. Anyone can tweet news and people will believe it. There has been countless times that people posted things on the internet that is false but it tricks people into believing that it is true. This is how rumors get started and it is unfair to those people. They will share that fake news with people in conversation and be totally wrong and look stupid. Accounts on twitter try to be funny by trying to trick people into believing fake news but in the end it just hurting the education of todays youth. We cannot believe everything we read on the internet anymore because more likely than not the source giving you the information is not credible. 

I really believe that social media sites are a big advantage for us today because we are constantly connected with the world through the applications on our phones. I never watch the news or read newspapers but I am aware of what is happening in the world today. Without these social media sites I would not know anything that is happening around the world.