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Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy

This just in from Dave Segal at Demand Progress: The Internet’s Own Boy will be available in theaters and On Demand Friday, June 27th. The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of

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Aaron Swartz Remembered/The Fight Against Mass Surveillance

The documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” makes its premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Appropriately enough, the IMDb entry was written by Anonymous. The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in

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‘Draw The Line’ Against Keystone Pipeline Protest

(9.21) On Saturday, September 21st, environmental and community groups — Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, Sierra Club, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Brown Divest Coal Campaign, and concerned citizens — will march from City Hall to the Rhode Island State House to demand comprehensive climate change

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Segal Opinion Piece At Politico On Aaron Swartz Case

David Segal has written an excellent piece at Politico “What killed Aaron Swartz?” summarizing the circumstances surrounding Swartz’s suicide and bringing us up to date on the case. The news regarding the Justice Department is depressing as always. Dave highlights one detail, the importance of

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Langevin To Be A Presence At State Of The Union Address

Congressman Jim Langevin will be using the President’s upcoming State of Union address to make a statement of his own. According to an article in today’s New York Times — “A Personal Quest To Make Guns’ Toll More Visible” — Langevin, in a wheelchair since

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Harry Belafonte Keynote Address — MLK Jr. Series

(1.29) The public is invited to hear Harry Belafonte discuss life as an “Artist as Activist” in his keynote lecture for RISD’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. series. We are excited to announce that Mr. Harry Belafonte will be delivering the keynote address for this

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Aaron Swartz Vs. The Justice Department

The Providence Journal has weighed in on the Aaron Swartz tragedy. In recent columns, both the editorial board and columnist Froma Harrop focused their attention on the “stealing is stealing” issue. Harrop (1.20.13) asks us to compare the outcry at the excessive prosecution of Aaron

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Sad News For Demand Progress, And Everyone Else

Aaron Swartz, Reddit co-founder and internet activist, took his own life Friday at his Brooklyn apartment. Swartz also co-founded Demand Progress with former Rhode Island state representative — and co-creator of the Providence Daily Dose — David Segal. Together they were instrumental in getting the

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RI Jobs With Justice Award Dinner

(12.13) Apologies: This post originally stated that the dinner was tomorrow, Wednesday, while it’s actually on Thursday. Jobs With Justice is scrappy, but one of the most important and effective activist organizations in Rhode Island.  The campaign they helped lead in support of a living

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Nicholas Kristof At Brown

(10.11) Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, and co-author of “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” will lecture Thursday at Brown. From two of our most fiercely moral voices, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression

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And I’m Off To Charlotte

I’m en route to the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, where I’ll be doing a combination of work for Demand Progress, taking part in assorted progressive rabble-rousing, and hopefully blogging for RIFuture and the Daily Dose. Demand Progress’s efforts to secure Internet freedom language in the

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WaterFire Shows Solidarity For Pussy Riot

At the recent WaterFire lighting on August 18th WaterFire fire-tenders sported multi-colored balaclavas and stoked the fires while Pussy Riot’s latest single  Putin Lights Up the Fires played for the crowd. While WaterFire’s soundtrack traditionally features classical music, and opera this punk rock song was

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Local Hero Vanquishes Weeds

I was biking down Canal Street earlier today when I noticed something strange. The six foot tall monster weeds that have been an unwanted fixture near the Roger Williams National Park were under attack. Dan D’Alessio, photographed here with his weapon of choice, has chosen