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RIP Aaron Swartz

The young Highland Park native was an Internet prodigy, beginning with his work on developing RSS when he was only 14 years old. Driven by an idealistic commitment to open data, Swartz connected an extraordinary number of people together, both on and offline, and changing how we look at the Web from a technological and moral perspective.

The Social Value of Horrifying Open Comment Threads

Journalists hate what’s become of most comment sections, something that was supposed to be a great hope of the social web, because they run counter to the philosophy of reasoned discourse. But there’s a great deal of gold to be mined from that pit (even if news organizations shouldn’t be hosting it themselves).