Carrying on Aaron Swartz’s Legacy
Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Jun. 21 10:30 AM
Ends: Friday, Jun. 21 11:45 AM
Room: 210 CG
Aaron Swartz was a leader in so many ways. From revolutionizing the internet by co-authoring RSS 1.0 to leading the charge against SOPA and PIPA, Aaron continually pushed the bounds of what was possible to make the world a better place. Since his passing in January, we’ve been working to carry forward his legacy by reforming the CFAA and investigating prosecutorial overreach. We’ll address both where we are and where we’re going from here.
Charlie Furman is a campaign manager with Demand Progress, focusing specifically on reforming laws that criminalize the internet, such as fixing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act through “Aaron’s Law.” Since working with Demand Progress, Charlie has organized rallies, panels, and other events discussing Aaron Swartz’ legacy and what legal changes need to be made to ensure a tragedy like Aaron’s never happens again.
Charlie came to Demand Progress through his work with Aaron Swartz. Aaron hired Charlie in 2012 to run a grassroots campaign in Boston to get the charges against him dropped.
U.S. Mark Begich was elected to the U.S. Senate to represent the state of Alaska in 2008.He is currently in this fifth year in the Senate. Begich has used his seats on the Senate Commerce Committee and Homeland Security Committees to fight for civil liberties and call for greater transparency in government.He opposed both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Online Piracy Act (PIPA) as well as calling for more transparency in government surveillance operations. He has been a champion of veteran’s issues, strengthening Social Security, and eliminating sexual assault in the military.
Begich was mayor of Anchorage for nearly six years before being elected to the Senate.Begich is married to Deborah Bonito. They have a young son, Jacob.
Zoe Lofgren represents California’s 19th District, comprised of San José and Santa Clara County. In Congress she is a recognized leader on immigration policy, technology and innovation issues.
A strong proponent of a free and open Internet, she rallied the fight against SOPA and recently introduced the ECPA 2.0 Act, reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and the Global Free Internet Act. She also introduced the Unlocking Technology Act reforming the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; and authored “Aaron’s Law,” named in honor of Aaron Swartz, reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
A senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, she is the top Democrat on the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee and is part of a bipartisan working group for immigration reform. She serves on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee; House Administration Committee; and Chairs the 38 Member California Democratic Congressional Delegation, the largest delegation in Congress.
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Rainey is the activism director of EFF, which defends liberty in the digital world. She is also a founder and steering committee member for the Bradley Manning Support Network, a network of individuals and organizations advocating for the release of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning. Additionally, she serves on the board of the directors for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a nonprofit whose mission is to organize and support an effective, national grassroots movement to restore civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. She is also a steering committee member of the Internet Defense League, a netroots coalition working to fend off threats to the free and open Web.
Recently, she co-founded Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization that crowd-sources funding to supporting unique, independent, nonprofit journalistic institutions, where she also serves as Chief Operating Officer.
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Ben Wikler is the host of The Flaming Sword of Justice, a show about people changing the world. The show, which is powered by MoveOn.org, airs on We Act Radio 1480 AM in Washington, DC and lives online as a podcast. The show’s founding producer was Aaron Swartz.
Previously, Wikler served as second in command of the world’s two largest online campaigning organizations, Change.org (2011-12) and Avaaz (2007-11). Earlier, he was the producer, writing partner, and lead researcher for now-Senator Al Franken’s radio show, USO tour, and two #1 best-selling books, including Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. He was also the founding editor in chief of 23/6 and press secretary for Sherrod Brown’s successful 2006 Senate campaign. In high school and college, he wrote headlines and articles for The Onion. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.