SPECIAL LIVESTREAM Saturday, January 19, 2013

Aaron Swartz Public Memorial Service at Cooper Union

Saturday, January 19, 2013 4:00–6:00pm ET

On Saturday, January 19, 2013 Democracy Now! provided a special livestream as family and friends of Aaron Swartz gather at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in New York City to celebrate his life and remember their beloved friend, sibling, child, and partner.

Speakers included Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, David Segal, Ben Wikler, Roy Singham, Doc Searls, Edward Tufte, David Isenberg, Holden Karnofsky and Tom Chiarella and other friends.  OK Go’s Damian Kush performed at the service.

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