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Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz

Applied sociologist.

Brooklyn, New York 
Political Organization
  1. Tech Lead at ThoughtWorks
  1. Change.org
  2. Avaaz.org
  3. Demand Progress
  1. Sociology at Stanford University
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Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

April 2012 – Present (10 months) Greater New York City Area

Leading a project to develop free and open source software for social activism.

Recommend Aaron’s work at ThoughtWorks

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

February 2012 – April 2012 (3 months) Greater New York City Area

Recommend Aaron’s work at Change.org

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Civic & Social Organization industry

June 2011 – February 2012 (9 months) Greater New York City Area

Experimented with new ways of communicating with members, including development of a new daily briefing website. Also led the campaign against SOPA/PIPA that attracted millions of new members to the organization.

Recommend Aaron’s work at Avaaz.org

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Political Organization industry

November 2010 – June 2011 (8 months)

Launched the fight against the Internet censorship bill (COICA/SOPA/PIPA) and grew the organization to over a million members.

Recommend Aaron’s work at Demand Progress


2009 – February 2011 (2 years)

Helped launch the organization and grow it to half-a-million members, engaging in key battles around health care and financial reform.

Recommend Aaron’s work at Progressive Change Campaign Committee


2008 – 2009 (1 year)

Led the development of a new website for viewing and analyzing government data.

Recommend Aaron’s work at watchdog.net


2007 – 2009 (2 years)

Led the development of a new wiki with a web page for every book in the world.

Recommend Aaron’s work at Open Library


November 2005 – January 2007 (1 year 3 months)

Software development and strategy taking the site up to its acquisition by Condé Nast.

Recommend Aaron’s work at reddit

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

2002 – 2004 (2 years)

Developed the schema and syntax for describing how documents can be used under particular CC licenses.

Recommend Aaron’s work at Creative Commons


1999 – 2000 (1 year)

Wrote the RDF RFC for the IETF and evangelized the format to web developers.

Recommend Aaron’s work at RDF Core Working Group


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  2. 11New Media

  3. 10Research

  4. 10Politics
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  6. 3Python
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  7. 2Entrepreneur
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  8. 2Viral Marketing
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  9. 2Political Philosophy
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