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Aaron Swartz: Opening Access to Knowledge

Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide after downloading 4 million articles from JSTOR and got charged with 13 felony offenses. The writer Pamela Samuelson argues that charges against Aaron was necessary but Aaron’s mission or goal was worthy. Many JSTOR articles were funded through research grants and governments and foundations, so Aaron had no idea that he didn’t have to pay for it. Even articles are not covered by which listed above, some articles written by university professors are covered by their salary. And JSTOR were written by scholars to share the knowledge. Pamela argues that copyright is being an obstacle to knowledge and articles like JSTOR should be open-access for scholarly work.

First Post for Sep.9

In chapter 1, Badke briefly goes over what is information. How it was traditionally transcended orally then now it’s being transferred to digital. And we should question the information we find online rather it’s accurate and true. Just like the book title, to find information, it’s like a finding a way though a fog.

In chapter 8, Badke talks about how to read and write for research and mentions different types of note taking and advantages and disadvantages. Also he warns us that we shouldn’t take plagiarism lightly.

I was pretty skeptical about note taking. What if Badke is wrong? Shouldn’t we use the method we feel more comfortable with? I just felt like his advantages and disadvantages are not accurate. Some disadvantages are possible to overcome.