November 9, 2019 - 10:00am
The Internet Archive, 300 Funston Ave, San Francisco

Join EFF and others on November 9 at the Internet Archive for Aaron Swartz Day—an annual event to celebrate Aaron Swartz’s legacy as an activist, programmer, entrepreneur, and political organizer. 


This weekend, you can help carry on the work that Aaron started. Aaron Swartz Day’s San Francisco event, held at the Internet Archive, will feature a one-day FOIAPALOOZA—focused on teaching people how to file their own Freedom of Information Act requests. Participants will also have the opportunity to dig in to information received in response to over 200 requests filed this past year with the Police Surveillance Project.

Speakers  EFF’s Executive Director Cindy Cohn, Director of Strategy Danny O’Brien, and Activism Director Elliot Harmon. Tickets to the event are $25 for those who want to donate to the event costs; RSVPs are appreciated.

For a full schedule of the day's events, visit the Aaron Swartz Day webpage.

1:05-1:55 – Panel: New advances in providing Open Access to Academic Journals: Brewster Kahle (Founder, Internet Archive),  Elliot Harmon (Activism Director, EFF)

This panel will summarize some of the important developments in the last year regarding:

  • 1) improved access to traditional academic journals
  • 2) an increase in reputable “open access” peer reviewed journals
  • 3) software such as the “Open Access Button”
  • 4) institutions standing up to Elsevier’s business model (such as UC system)

8 – 9:15 – Evening Speakers

  • A Statement By Chelsea Manning (As read by Lisa Rein)
  • Cindy Cohn, Executive Director, EFF
  • Jen Helsby, Lead Developer, SecureDrop – “The State of the Drop” (remotely)
  • Danny O’Brien – The Next Million Aarons — How Do We Widen the Movement?
  • Brewster Kahle, Founder, Internet Archive
  • Freddy Martinez (Director, Lucy Parsons Labs)
  • William Howes (Aaron Swartz Day Team)