| Monday, January 14 2013
Aaron Swartz in January 2012. Photo: Daniel J. Siederaski
To better understand the strong feelings Aaron Swartz had about free access to information, I paid $1.80 to read the indictment that overshadowed him for the last two years of his life. Read More
In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.