Aaron Swartz memorial evokes strong emotions and political urgency

Aaron Swartz memorial evokes strong emotions and political urgency

Aaron Swartz’s family funeral was held this week in Chicago, but on Saturday, New York hosted a public memorial. Organizers reported an attendance of just under 900, filling Cooper Union’s Great Hall to standing-room capacity, with many more watching the livestream at Democracy Now! Friends, family, and colleagues spoke of Swartz’s personal stories and enormous ideals , and urged those in attendance to political action and self-reflection. “We talk about how extraordinary he was, but he wasn’t,” said friend and former partner Quinn Norton, rejecting the emerging portrait of Swartz as an “internet saint.” “He could be funny, and greedy, and petty, and loving, and curious, and hopeful, and strange,” she said.

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