Internet Prodigy Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide
Fought to make online information public
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2013 11:00 AM CST
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(Newser) – A huge name in the Internet world has killed himself, reports MIT newspaper the Tech. Aaron Swartz, 26, helped build Reddit, Creative Commons, and Demand Progress, co-authored the widely used RSS format at age 14, and "worked tirelessly to develop and popularize standards for free and open information sharing," writes Violet Blue at ZDNet. Or as friend Cory Doctorow puts it at Boing Boing, he was a "a full-time, uncompromising, reckless and delightful shit-disturber."

Swartz was facing serious jail time on federal charges that he hacked into the MIT archives and stole millions of academic articles in order to make them public. He also had written publicly of his struggles with depression. The tributes are beginning to flow, but Doctorow's piece at Boing Boing is the must-read. See it here.

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Bartmaeus
Jan 15, 2013 11:08 AM CST
Wonder if he was on Obama's kill list, which he criticised. Probably, like those other suicides and near misses lately. http://www.prisonplanet.com/visionary-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-found-dead-was-this-brilliant-internet-revolutionary-taken-out.html
polnick
Jan 14, 2013 6:17 AM CST
Hired killers prefer hanging their victim and creating the appearance of a self-inflicted death. Even the suicide note can be faked under torture. Investigators find it impossible to prove murder without a witness or confession from the ones that strangled their victim with a sheet or belt.
Eat_Eateator
Jan 13, 2013 11:30 AM CST
He should have been executed based on the culture damage reddit alone has done.