Lisa Rein

See Lisa Rein’s talk with Kat Walsh (Creative Commons’ General Counsel):

“The Past and Future of Creative Commons” –  from Aaron Swartz Day 2002 on Sunday, November 13th:

YouTube  –  Internet Archive

Lisa Rein, Founder, Swartz-Manning VR Museum, Art Gallery, and Fun House, Co-founder of Aaron Swartz Day, Chelsea Manning’s Archivist, Co-founder, Creative Commons ( (Photo: Kevin Footer – Art Design/Concept: Kenneth Bryan Smith)

Lisa Rein is the co-founder of the Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project (ASDPSP) and the founder of the Swartz-Manning VR Museum, Art Gallery & Fun House. Lisa is Chelsea Manning’s Archivist and was her ‘Communications Liason’ from December 2015 – May 2017.

She is a co-founder of Aaron Swartz Day and a co-founder of Creative Commons, where she worked with Aaron Swartz on its technical specifications. You can learn more about Lisa and how she co-founded Aaron Swartz Day  in this podcast produced by Michal Wisniowski and the Kitchen Sisters.

Lisa is also a VR Experience developer and a musician and visual artist performing as  Lunar Elf. 

She is the Digital Librarian for the Dr. Timothy Leary Futique Trust and was the Text Editor and Graphics Editor for Dr. Timothy Leary’s last published work: The graphic novel Surfing the Conscious Nets (Last Gasp, 1995). (Here’s the phone message from Dr. Leary where he thanks Lisa.) Dr. Leary was the first to give Lisa the idea of building a virtual reality museum, when she first met him, and his son Zach, at their home, in 1995. Michael Horowitz, who was Dr. Leary’s Personal Archivist and authored Dr. Leary’s Annotated Bibliography, collaborates with Lisa on many Leary-related projects, including the website. Michael’s Leary archives will also be featured in the LearyVR Museum, which is currently being built in Unity for VRChat and soon, AltSpaceVR.

Lisa has been an educator for the past 20 years, lecturing on News, Social Media, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and many other topics for the Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) department at San Francisco State University, on computer science for the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley Extension Online, and at Rutgers University, with Dr. Benjamin Goertzel, on Artificial Intelligence and the Singularity. Lisa writes for numerous blogs and publications, is a musician, artist, and technology consultant, with clients including: Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), and Singularity University.


Read Lisa’s summary of what we’ve learned about Aaron’s case these last seven years: Aaron Should Have Been 34 Today.

November 11 2023 – 11 am -6:30 pm PST