One year ago, the internet blacked out... No, the internet wasn't drunk. The internet was expressing its displeasure with the proposed SOPA and PIPA bills in congress.
This gathering will celebrate one brief victory and allow us to talk about our shared goals and projects.
Wired: The Internet Deserves Its Own Holiday (http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/01/the-internet-deserves-its-own-holiday/all/1)
It is hard to think of the right way to honor Aaron Swartz memory (http://www.rememberaaronsw.com). So many of our lives, dreams, and future have been / are / will be based on his pioneering ideas. Aaron was not a member of this meetup, but his ideals where at our core (http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/14/an_incredible_soul_lawrence_lessig_remembers). This Friday, as we remember last year's fight, we must remember Aaron, his work, his ideals, and his legacy.
Please hug your loved ones just a bit tighter, and donate to GiveWell (http://www.givewell.org/about/donate?ASW). This a charity Aaron loved (http://www.rememberaaronsw.com/statements/donate.html) and his family has asked for our contributions to be channeled.
If you have a story of how Aaron's work contributed to your life, please submitted it to Remember Aaron Swartz (http://www.rememberaaronsw.com).
Our compadre, David Moore, highlighted (https://twitter.com/ppolitics/status/291321369076068352) that if you really care about the internet you should join The Internet Defense League (http://internetdefenseleague.org).