What is the Aaron Swartz Award?
Writing Commons hosts The Aaron Swartz Award to celebrate both Swartz’s leadership and the contributions of our authors. Award winners are chosen annually by our team of content and review editors. To choose a finalist, our editors review and rank all of the articles published during the preceding year.
- Dan Melzer, D.J. Quinn, Lisa Sperber, and Sarah Faye
Who Was Aaron Swartz?
Aaron Swartz was a leader and activist for the open web and civic engagement. Swartz passionately believed that knowledge should be freely shared as opposed to locked behind paywalls. By launching the Progressive Change Campaign, Swartz helped raise awareness about meaningful online activism.
Learn More about Aaron Swartz
- Aaron Swartz Day
- Aaron Swartz’s Brilliant Life and Tragic Death – Rolling Stone
- The Internet’s Own Boy (a documentary)