Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2013 20:25 UTC
In the News "Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech. Swartz was 26." Swartz was one of three co-creators of Reddit, worked on the RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, and so many other things. Swartz faced decades in prison for downloading a collection of JSTOR scientific articles. JSTOR dropped charges, but the US government pursued the case anyway, demanding fifty years in jail. Lawrence Lessig, one of his close friends: "Aaron had literally done nothing in his life 'to make money'. He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don't get both, you don't deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you." Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We've just lost one of the good guys.
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by hackus on Tue 15th Jan 2013 01:57 UTC
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Although the press has indicated that Mr. Swartz had issues with depression, I currently cannot find a single individual who thought he was depressed enough to take his life.

Perhaps if someone knows a post where he mentions nothing left to live for, etc.

So far from what I have gathered although the number of legal penalties are severe, the end result of his action didn't do any damage to anyone.

More than likely he would have got probation as he also has no prior legal record.

His legal attorney's must have known this, given the more political nature of the crime than criminal and made that clear to Swartz.

So his suicide doesn't fit the profile and until I see more serious proof of suicide, I am inclined to believe it was not a suicide.
(i.e. Haven't interviewed the coroner yet though.)


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