The Open Access Guerilla Cookbook

c0nt3nt/oagcookbook · GitHub.


Dedicated to Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)

In 2008, a short and passionate appeal appeared online which called for all of us 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. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.”

In January, 2013, its author Aaron Swartz took his own life. Among his many achievements included an important initiative to liberate the PACER court records database and leadership roles in several movements that support free culture. In the last years of his life, he faced serious criminal charges for following his own manifesto and launching one of the largest content liberation efforts to date: the downloading of millions of articles
from the JSTOR database.

If the threat of decades of prison time for the JSTOR raid was designed to strike fear into OA guerillas everywhere, the tragic death of this selfless supporter of the movement should be met with a renewed commitment to our ideals. It also offers us an opportunity to up our game.

This document aims to take the manifesto to the next step. This first version is merely an opening call, and it is in no way complete. Hopefully, this cookbook will grow to include many recipes and instructional essays for use by the open access guerilla. Improve on it, share it, and use it.

OpenData brace yourself, Morozov is moving in!

Evgeny Morozov curbs Web enthusiasm

His next book will include an attack on the “open data” movement. In one cautionary example, the Indian state of Karnataka put millions of property records online in the name of convenience and transparency.

“The wealthy and the powerful used this new data to evict the poor, find the right people to bribe and so forth,” Morozov said. “The moral of the story here is that transparency and efficiency should not be pursued for their own sake. They should serve as enabling factors to other goods and values.”

He believes that self-interested capitalists and “charlatans who claim to be futurists and visionaries” have dominated talk about the Internet. When he enrolls at Harvard in the fall to pursue a PhD in the history of science, it will be with an eye toward shifting the debate to a “richer approach,” one that is more historically and culturally literate.

My rant against the new Facebook plugin on

You’re serious?! You are using Open Source and free software only to hand over all of your data in the blink of an eye to Facebook?!

Somehow people need to understand that the monolith of Facebook needs to be stopped; they are literary in the smallest veins of the internet, surveilling and controlling it’s pulse.

By installing this plugin you are helping Facebook in their aim to become the one-stop-shop for info and content on the internet. And what do you get in return? A few extra ‘likes’?

Please keep the web Open and Free and use Open Source and Libre Software.

via WordPress › Support » [Plugin: Facebook] Stop this trend!.