"There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture. We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web.

Aaron Swartz, Guerilla Open Access Manifesto (2008)

The Earthquake in Central Italy

Last night's earthquake in Italy was a tragic event which affected areas and people close to many of us in the Zapruder (World) community. While we mourn for those who died and attempt to help those who survived, we should also wonder what our institutions could be doing to better prevent these types of avoidable infrastructure-related tragedies.