Technologists are getting together to do something beautiful in San Francisco this week. Starting in the Bay Area, a movement of nearly 16 cities is hosting hackathons to celebrate the memory of the late Aaron Shwartz — a champion of free software, a writer and a celebrated activist.
Aaron commited suicide earlier this year after years of prosecution by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), much of which has been consiered unjust by critics.
The Hackathons won’t be arbitrary — the competitions will feature projects that Aaron started, contribute to or are tangentially related to the spirit of cyber activism that he died fighting for. The Hackathon announcement came shortly after the announcement of the whistleblowing platform SecureDrop, a project started by Shwartz.