Such sad and heartbreaking news today. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed greatly by many people across the country/world. ~ DS
NewsyTech·Jan 12, 2013
Swartz dedicated his life to sharing data and information online, developing standards for the free and open sharing of information. He was 26.
Reddit Co-founder, Aaron Swartz, 26, Found Dead
zBitsnBytes·Jan 12, 2013
Aaron Swartz, 26, co-founder of Reddit, Found Dead.
Aaron Swartz, was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment of an apparent suicide.
A statement from his family reads, “”Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.”
Swartz was accused of computer fraud, and court procedures were scheduled to begin next month. Federal Prosecutors alleged Swartz illegally downloaded millions of scientific journals from JSTOR, an online archive within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology network. Swartz pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In the family statement, his family blamed the prosecution for playing a role in his suicide. “Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach, decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles.”
When Swartz was 14 years old, he helped create RSS software, revolutionizing the way people subscribed to and consumed information online. Here, in this video, Aaron Swartz was interviewed for “Steal This Movie” and expressed his views on internet downloads.
Aaron Swartz, Dead at 26, R.I.P.
Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz commits suicide in midst of controversial trial
RussiaToday·Jan 13, 2013
The family of internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz has blamed the U.S. criminal justice system for his death – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/qgqc02
The 26-year-old co-founder of social news website Reddit hanged himself in his New York apartment on Friday. Swartz faced 13 felony charges connected with hacking the network of MIT University and downloading academic papers online. He could have spent decades in prison for charges he pleaded not guilty to. And a representative of the Pirate group from the Berlin parliament, Fabio Reinhardt, says that just isn’t fair.
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