This weekend, people in at least 16 cities around the world will take part in hackathons in memory of Aaron Swartz, the free software developer, writer, and activist. Aaron took his own life earlier this year after nearly two years of unjust prosecution under the United States’ Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
People taking part in the hackathons will work on projects that Aaron started, contributed to, or that continue in the spirit of his activism. Most of these projects focus on public transparency or personal privacy in the service of free speech. Many of the events are aimed at both technical and nontechnical participants.
For more information and hackathon locations, visit AaronSwartzHackathon.